Don't buy store cough drops, make your own! These all-natural homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops have only 3 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make.
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This Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops recipe post comes to you courtesy of The Flu of 2015, Part Deux.
Yes, this morning, I woke up like this. With a fever, sore throat, post nasal drip, and body aches, AGAIN!
I haven't been sick in over 12 years and now this Winter season, actually just this month of January, I've been sick twice! Oh the joy.
An all-natural throat drops recipe
Juno, The Blizzard of 2015, was in full blown competition today with my newfound flu. On a positive note, I had a darn good excuse for not going away today.
On a not-so-positive note, I needed some throat and cough drops to soothe my throat. Google to the rescue!!
This was my first time visiting this website and I loved all the recipes and tips for all-natural alternatives to everything imaginable (food, hair stuff, skin stuff, etc).
I'm really glad I found this site and will no doubt be visiting it again soon.
Since this was my first time making cough drops, I didn't make any changes to the original recipe at all.
Next time I make them (which may be soon, like in a couple of days), I might add some orange juice or black cherry juice concentrate, in addition to the fresh lemon juice.
I was also thinking of stirring into the mixture, after it's fully cooked, some lemon or orange zest and more of the fresh grated ginger.
We'll see how those changes go and I'll update this recipe if it's a success.
Making homemade cough drops is just like making candy, but you have to be careful not to burn the mixture.
- All the moisture needs to be cooked out of the mixture, so let it come to a boil.
- Once it foams up the sides of the pan, remove from the heat briefly to allow the foam to subside.
- Place the pan back on the heat to boil again while constantly stirring, so the mixture doesn't burn.
- Repeat until the temperature of mixture reaches 300F/149C degrees
I used a regular teaspoon to drop circles of the mixture onto a silicon baking mat and set it aside to cool for about 30 minutes.
Or use a candy mold, like the one below, to form the cough drops.
Pretty little jewels of honey drops. They look like they have flecks of gold in them! I didn't want to dust them with the powdered sugar because they are so pretty.
Like this cough drop recipe? How about trying my Elderberry Cough Drops too!
Next time you are feeling a little under the weather, make these easy homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops. So much better than buying the store pre-made ones.
Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (finely grated on a microplane or use the small holes on a hand grater)
For coating drops use: powdered sugar, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, etc
- Using a wooden spoon, mix together honey, lemon juice, and fresh ginger in a medium sized, deep saucepan with heavy sides and bottom. Heat to boiling over medium-low heat, stirring often to prevent burning.
- Using a candy thermometer, heat mixture to 300-310F/148-154C degrees, until it reaches the hard crack stage (If no thermometer, test the mixture by dropping some of it in a cold bowl of water and if it hardens, it's ready). **Watch the pan closely, as the mixture will foam up the sides of pan. Take the pan off the heat briefly to allow foam to subside, then place pan back on heat to continue cooking. May have to turn heat down to low to prevent honey from burning.
- One mixture reaches the hard crack stage, remove from heat, and allow to cool for a couple for minutes until thickens slightly.
- Pour mixture into small candy molds or drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper or a silicon mat. Allow to cool until drops are hard and firm.
- Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, etc, to prevent drops from sticking together. Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place.
Recipe Notes & Tips:
- Use a wooden spoon for stirring the mixture because metal spoons absorb heat.
- Use a saucepan with heavy sides and bottom, so it will conduct heat evenly. Also, use a large enough pan that will allow the mixture to expand while boiling and not spill over the sides.
- Can use a food grade essential oil instead of fresh lemon juice. Add a few drops of the essential oil at the end of cooking, after the mixture cools.
- Make the cough drops on a cold, dry day. Rainy or humid weather will cause the mixture to be grainy and may not set up properly.
- To test if mixture has reached correct temperature, drop a little of the mixture in a small bowl of cold water and it should immediately harden and become solid.
- Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, etc, to prevent drops from sticking together.
- Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 4 weeks.
- To prevent drops from sticking together during longer storage: wrap the drops individually in pieces of parchment or wax paper.
- Original recipe by Erica Hale at www.thankyourbody.com