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Homemade Lemon Ginger Clove Cough Drops

Homemade cough drops with lemon, ginger, and clove help soothe a sore throat and suppress coughs.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Wellness
Keyword: remedy
Servings: 5 dozen
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Lindsey Rose Johnson
Cost: $12


  • saucepan
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Candy thermometer (optional)


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger add more for taste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • powdered sugar or cornstarch for coating


  • Gather your ingredients and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, or greasing very well. A marble slab comes in handy and helps the drops cool quickly.
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  • Combine the ingredients, except for powdered sugar or cornstarch, in a heavy-bottomed pot or saucepan. Cook to hard crack stage, about 300°F, whisking every now and then in order to check the color and consistency. This may take between 15-20 minutes, or longer depending on the pan and stove. Test by dropping a little from a spoon into a bowl of ice water. If it cracks, it's ready. If it's chewy, cook for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat. Be careful not to let it burn - the temperature rises quickly at the end.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly. Drop onto baking sheet into rounds. Allow to cool completely.
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  • Once cool, dust with the powdered sugar or cornstarch. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from any moisture. (Moisture will cause them to stick together.) Alternatively, they can be dusted and wrapped individually in small pieces of waxed or parchment paper.
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Can be stored for up to a year in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.


Serving: 1drop | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 4.5g