Homemade Honey Cough Drops


Instead of buying cough drops at the store, you can easily make them at home with raw & unfiltered honey. This all-natural recipe takes advantage of honey’s soothing texture and naturally anti-bacterial properties. 

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 30 drops



  • Use a large enough pan that will allow the mixture to expand while boiling and not spill over the sides.
  • To test if mixture has reached correct temperature, drop a little of the mixture in a small bowl of cold water and it should immediately harden and become solid.
  • Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, etc, to prevent drops from sticking together. If the drops stick to the parchment paper, place them paper side down on a warm damp towel and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Store for up to 4 weeks.
  • To store the cough drops longer, wrap them individually in parchment paper.

100 Years of 100% U.S. Honey

This recipe is part of our #100waystousehoney series, celebrating 100 years of 100% U.S. honey.

Throughout 2024, you can shop our limited-edition 1924 Golden Age Wildflower honey blend. It's an exclusive, 100% U.S. wildflower honey blend with a mellow, but flowery taste.


½ cup Local Hive Honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
2–3 tablespoons, powdered sugar


1. Using a wooden spoon, mix honey, lemon juice, and ginger in a deep saucepan with heavy sides and bottom. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring continuously, until boiling.
2. Using a candy thermometer, heat to 300º. When the mixture foams up, take it off heat briefly, then replace. Turn heat down to low if honey begins to burn.
3. One mixture reaches the hard crack stage, remove and pour mixture into 1-teaspoon drops on parchment paper or a silicon mat. Allow drops to cool until hardened.
4. Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking. Store in an airtight container.

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