Honey ginger cough drops

Homemade cough drops are effectively candy. However, they have beneficial properties that are useful for soothing a stubborn cough, which is exactly what I was looking for. They are hard initially, but do become bendable and a bit more toffee-like the longer you suck on them. In this post, I’ll discuss the process of making honey ginger cough drops.

The honey ginger cough drops recipe

I came across a Youtube video that put a visual to this process. Below are the notes I made that I will continue to use in the future:

  • The recipe below makes ~16 cough drops. This is a reasonable amount to make for a single batch.
  • Coming to the rolling stage takes ~10-15 minutes over medium-low (3) heat.
  • I add ground cloves, ground ginger, and cinnamon during cooking. This is because of their medicinal benefits, and it rounds out the flavor.
  • Using a silicone mold is much easier than pouring into individual cough drops. This mixture cools very quickly and will become hard and unusable in a minute or less. The faster you put it into shapes the better off it will be.
  • A mixture of cinnamon and tapioca starch works well for coating. I make sure each individual cough drop is coated, then shake off the excess with a fine mesh strainer.
Honey ginger cough drops

Honey ginger cough drops

Yield: 16 cough drops
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

A must-need during the cold winter months.


  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves


  1. Grate ginger on a microplane. Add to a heavy-bottom pot, along with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Heat over medium-low (3), stirring constantly. Once at the hard crack stage, remove from heat. Pour into silicone molds and allow to cool.


Coat in a mixture of cinnamon and tapioca starch. Store in fridge.

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