Lemon-Ginger Cough Drops

In a saucepan, add together the following ingredients:

1 1/2 cups maple syrup (can use corn syrup)

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

You can also add powdered herbs of your choice to this mixture. Mullein is a natural expectorant and a great addition to this recipe

Simmer for at least 20 minutes stirring often until mixture becomes a bit thick and coats a spoon. Let cool to touchable temperature.

Pour into piping bag and pipe drops onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let cool.

Put drops into a bowl of icing suger to coat. This will prevent them from sticking together in storage.

That’s it! I store mine in the fridge to keep them from being exposed to any heat that could soften them. They’ll last several months or longer this way- at least a cough/flu season!

6 thoughts on “Lemon-Ginger Cough Drops

    1. How lucky to have an uncle so generous! We tried making our own syrup with sap from our own trees- it’s quite the tedious process. With this recipe you can play around with the sugar/water content depending on what you have on hand as long as you’re using the candying method to get a hardened final product. Maple Syrup makes the yummiest though!

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    1. I dehydrate the leaves and then crush them to a fine powder in my mortar and pestle. You can also omit the syrup, and use 1 cup sugar and a half cup of strong mullein tea to make the syrup base.


      1. Ah, that’s an idea. Does it have the same properties as when it’s smoke? I remember reading that’s how it was traditionally used, but seems counterintuitive these days…


      2. I have used the tea to relieve cough and it definitely improves cough production and calms that itchy feeling that makes you want to continually clear your throat. It has antismasmodic properties and has actually been shown to paralyze tapeworms and roundworms. It’s also a source of flavonoids and saponins so you’ve got nothing to lose giving it a shot!


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