Homemade Cough Drops Recipe


Water                                                                                                  1/2 cup
Evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar                                 1 cup
Honey                                                                                                 1 tablespoon
fresh lemon juice                                                                              1 tablespoon
Ground ginger                                                                                   1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
Ground cloves                                                                                   1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon
For coating, powdered sugar or cornstarch


  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, or greasing very well. A marble slab comes in handy and helps the drops cool quickly.
  • Combine the ingredients, except for powdered sugar or cornstarch, in a heavy-bottomed pot or saucepan.
  • Cook to hard crack stage, about 300°F. This may take between 15-20 minutes, or longer depending on the pan and stove.
  • Test by dropping a little from a spoon into a bowl of ice water. If it cracks, it’s ready. If it’s chewy, cook for a few more minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Be careful not to let it burn because the temperature rises quickly at the end.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Drop onto baking sheet into rounds.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Dust with the powdered sugar or cornstarch.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from any moisture. (Moisture will cause them to stick together.)
  • Alternatively, they can be dusted and wrapped individually in small pieces of waxed or parchment paper.

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