Immunity Boosting: Lemon Ginger Cough Drops

by - 4/07/2020 12:00:00 AM

I had no idea how hard it would be to come up with a honey-based cough drop that didn't require refined sugar until I started making it. I wanted to create a cough drop that was simple to make, which also used immunity boosting ingredients. I’m so happy with how this recipe turned out, and I can’t wait to make another batch for my family. 


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cloves 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger 

For coating, drops use:
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar, Cornstarch, Arrowroot powder


  • Using a wooden spoon, mix together honey, lemon juice, cloves, 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/degrees, until it reaches the hard crack stage 
  • Once the mixture reaches the hard crack stage, remove from heat, and allow to cool for a couple for minutes until thickens slightly.
  • Drop by teaspoons onto a silicone mat or parchment paper. Allow cooling until drops are hard and firm.
  • Once drops are fully cooled, dust with your desired coating to prevent your drops from sticking together. Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place.

**Watch the pan closely, as the mixture will foam up the sides of the pan. **

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  1. Okay! I friggin' LOVE that you made your own cough drops! What a genius idea!

  2. I will have to try these! I do not want to get sick right now for obviously reasons. I tend to love lemon things!

  3. I had never thought of making my own cough drops, but what a great idea. SO much better than the ones with weird ingredients you get at the store.

  4. This is the first time I have ever seen a recipe for home made cough drops. Very cool! These sound much better than store bought.

  5. I am so glad that you shared this with us! This honey-based cough drop would be really great and helpful for us all.

  6. We have been making hot lemon grass with lemon and honey as a morning drink on an empty stomach. And, I will include this on my list.

  7. OK I think I will have to try and make some of these, they sound like a good thing to have around and I am up for anything that is immunity boosting.

  8. This sounds like a great homemade cough drop! I have a slightly different recipe, but I think I like yours better! Kelli A

  9. Wow! This is awesome! I should try it too! Sounds good!

  10. Why do I have the feeling that this taste delicious? I love ginger! We even drink ginger tea here. This one looks delicious to me.

  11. I've been making a immunity boosting drink but never thought to make cough drops! Such a genius idea!

  12. Oh yeah. I need to try this. I love ginger and making my own anything right now is good.


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