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Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

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Spring cold? Sore throat? Cough that won’t go away? These Homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops are incredibly soothing and taste wonderful.

Plus, when you’re feeling all better, be sure and drop one in your hot tea to sweeten it. Delicious to the last drop.

Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

Is it Summer yet? No?

Normally I am not much of a hot weather kinda girl, in fact, my favorite season is Fall.

I don’t really mind winter too much, though I am not a big fan of snow and ice.

But this year I’m so ready for it to be warmer again.

I’ve had the flu twice and now I have this long, lingering cold that won’t go away. 

I’m pretty sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Come on summer! Hurry up and get here.

When I’m not sick, I seem to be fighting away allergies so these can help soothe the throat during that too.

Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

So obviously I haven’t felt much like cooking. Not even a little bit. I’m exhausted and just feel pretty crappy in general. 

But I did have to make an exception to whip up a batch of these Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops.

They really do help, and I love how they taste.

It’s pretty much like making candy and while it’s a little time consuming, this is because you can’t just walk away while they are cooking. Hard crack stage comes on fast when it finally gets there. So be sure and watch these closely.

If you do, you will be rewarded by some wonderfully soothing throat drops.

Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

However these wonderful Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops are literally so soothing. So soothing. I enjoy them so much.

I reach for them whenever my throat hurts or whenever my cough increases. 

Mostly because my throat is so sore from all the coughing I’ve done. 

I also drink a lot more hot tea when I’m sick, and these work just like sugar cubes except taste SO much better.

So when you’re feeling better and you have leftovers, you can use them up.

Simply drop one or two in a hot mug of tea and you can enjoy it that way too.

Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

Not only are they soothing, they are absolutely delicious.

Assuming you’d like to use the same Silicone mold I used for mine, I used the one on the left but I have also used these others. (yes I own them all, and even more… I love silicone molds lol)

Obviously any silicone mold will do.

Are you ready to make some Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops?

Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

Yield: 24 cough drops (depending on size of mold)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Spring cold? Sore throat? Cough that won't go away? These Homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Throat Drops are incredibly soothing, taste wonderful and when you're feeling better, drop the leftovers in your hot tea to sweeten it. Delicious to the last drop.



  1. Combine the strongly brewed ginger tea, with the lemon juice and the raw honey in a tall saucepan on the stove. (the height of the saucepan is important because this will begin to foam and rise above the edges of a lower pan)
  2. Turn the burner to high heat and bring the entire mixture to a rapid boil. Insert a candy thermometer that attaches to the side of the pan, being careful not to touch the bottom of the pan but rest just above it. Bring the mixture to 300 degrees F. Its going to take about 10-15 minutes to get to about 250 degrees F. DO NOT WALK AWAY - because once it hits 250 degrees F it is only a mere minute or less usually that it gets to 300 degrees F and if you go over that, you're going to wind up with a pot of burnt mess. Stir occasionally to keep it from burning once it hits 250 degrees F. I don't usually stir when I am making this, but a reader had an issue where it burnt before it hit 300 degrees F. Again, I have made this dozens of times and have not had that problem, but stirring will help tremendously with that. You can also turn the burner down a tad, but it will take longer to reach your desired temperatures.
  3. Once it reaches 300 degrees F remove from burner immediately and pour into silicone molds. We used the one pictured below.
  4. Allow to "set" or "cool" in silicone pan for 1-2 hours. You may need to go longer if you are experiencing high humidity in your area. Coat with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together. Strain away excess sugar and keep in an airtight container up to about 2 weeks. After about one and a half weeks you may notice the honey beginning to crystallize. Start using them in your tea after that.

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Monday 29th of November 2021

Is there any way to make them so that they last longer? Maybe 4 weeks instead of two? Sending a care package to family for the holidays with a bunch of my home made remedies for colds (they live up north) and I was hoping for losenges that keep longer. Or can they be kept in freezer or fridge to add shelf life?


laura Donnelly

Monday 30th of August 2021

Good afternoon Thank you for this wonderful recipe I am having trouble with it solidifying it is not turning into candy. Also I’m having a hard time getting it to 300° without boiling over! Help?

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Hi Laura, I'm so sorry you're having trouble with the recipe. It is very important to get to the hard candy stage temp which is 300 degrees F. If you are having trouble getting to the 300 degree mark without it boiling over, you may need to use a deeper pot. I use a high sided pot, so I don't experience that, but I can see how easy that would be to have happen if the pot's sides were too low. I suggest trying with a taller pot. You should have success that way.


Monday 25th of January 2021

I just finished making these cough drops and so far they look awesome! I am a beekeeper so I was excited to find this recipe. I plan to sell my honey at a local farmers market and these cough drops will be a great addition to my display. The only problem I had was pouring the mixture evenly in my molds. I guess practice will make perfect. Would like to mention that it is not necessary to use raw honey. Raw honey does contain all those great healthful enzymes but heating to 300 degrees kills those enzymes. The honey is still soothing on the throat but save the raw honey for eating raw, not cooked. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Just a quick comment related to altitude and electric stoves - this was the most intriguing post that came up when I searched homemade cough drop recipe on pinterest but the first couple of tries it was burning - even after calculating for altitude (I live at 7K feet and used 286 F as my ending temp which worked great for setting). So after it reached the right temp it still came out dark brown and bitter (burnt). I figured out after using my InstantPot instead of my stove that the electric burner plus the elevation wasn't right for making a hard crack. Everything turned out perfectly in the instant pot on saute and stirring consistently. Hopefully anyone reading this who is at a hight altitude AND has an electric stove finds this helpful (and hopefully you have an instantpot)

Nicole Cook

Thursday 17th of December 2020

I am so happy you shared this. First, I am so sorry that you had to try several attempts. Obviously I have only made this recipe where I live which is basically NO altitude so had nothing to base it by. This was very insightful for me and I really really appreciate you taking the time to leave the comment and explain your process. Again, I'm so sorry you had to trial and error to get it right, but I am SO pleased it worked out for you and that you found that middle ground. They really are lovely and so soothing and we've made them a couple years in a row now... I haven't had a problem yet where I live but I think things like canning and candy making really are all based upon things such as weather, barometric pressure, altitude and other things that are up to mother nature to make work. Thank you so much again!

Faith V.

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

The first time I made these (yesterday), I followed the directions exactly but ended up burning the entire thing. I tried again today, lowering the temperature (which did increase the cooking time, but I did not mind) and they turned out MUCH better! I sprinkled the bottom of some of the cough drops with ginger powder after I poured them in the mold. They were still a tad soft 2 hours, but I popped them in the freezer for 5 minutes, and I was able to take them out easily. I rolled them in cornstarch (and then later powdered sugar), put them in a baggie, and now I'll keep them in the freezer.

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