This year’s cold and flu season has been brutal, and we’ve burned through more than our share of cough drops to help ease stuffy noses and sore throats. While it’s easy to run to the store and grab a bag, we highly recommend giving this home remedy a try. Yes, homemade cough drops! We were a little skeptical at first, but like a home cooked meal, a homemade remedy to combat sickness is a sure fire trick to get us on the road to recovery. When we found this silicone honeycomb tray, we knew just what recipe to draw from for a much needed remedy to a pesky cough.
Other than the fresh ginger, we actually had these ingredients in our pantry. All we needed was a mold to help turn these simple ingredients into a soothing drop to relieve those nasty cold symptoms. A silicone honeycomb tray was just the solution! Honestly, this couldn’t be any easier to make. We all love a warm cup of tea with a bit of lemon to help ease a sore throat, but adding honey is another “secret ingredient” of sorts; the viscosity of the honey coats the throat and acts as a kind of balm. Why it works doesn’t really matter to us, we just love that it actually works…and how good it tastes! And any healthy and safe natural remedy, especially one we can go to without a special trip to the store, is always a win.
Silicone molds are all the rage right now, and we’ve found another great use for one in our kitchen. You’d be surprised what a little creativity and the right mold can come up with! We’ve used it for our cough drops, but it can also be used for making other candies or treats. Don’t let cold and flu season get you down! These are actually really easy to make and taste, well…homemade!
Homemade Honey Lemon Cough Drops
- 1 cup lemon tea, strongly brewed
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- silicone honeycomb tray
- Lightly grease two silicone honeycomb tray with non-stick spray.
- Combine tea, honey and sugar in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Use a candy thermometer and cook until mixture hits 300º F.
- Remove from heat and stir in grated ginger, then quickly spoon mixture into greased silicone honeycomb tray.
- Let cool to room temperature, or until set, then pop out of molds.
- If desired, toss cough drops in powdered sugar to prevent stickiness. Store in an air-tight container.
Recipe adapted from The View From Great Island