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Homemade Cough Drops {lozenges} with lemongrass + ginger from foodiewithfamily.com
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Homemade Cough Drops {lemongrass + ginger}

There is a reason that humans have used ginger as medicine for centuries: It works!  With enough fresh lemongrass flavor to cut through the baddest cold symptoms, these will delight you while they soothe you.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 55
Calories 25kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


To make the lemongrass + ginger tea:

  • 1/2 cup dried or fresh lemongrass. If using fresh smash it with a meat tenderizer to release the juices before adding to the water.
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh ginger root smashed with a meat tenderizer to release the juices.
  • enough water just to cover the ingredients in the pan.

Additional ingredients for the Homemade Cough Drops {lemongrass + ginger}:

  • 1 cup of the lemongrass + ginger tea
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey


To Make the lemongrass + ginger tea:

  • Add the lemongrass and ginger to a pan with a tight fitting lid. Add water just to cover and bring to a boil. Place the lid on the pan, remove from the heat, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain well. Measure 1 cup of the lemongrass + ginger tea (reserving any additional tea for later batches of cough drops.)

To Make the Homemade Cough Drops {lemongrass + ginger}:

  • Lay out whichever molds you plan on using on a rimmed, heat-proof baking pan.
  • Add the 1 cup of lemongrass + ginger tea to a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the sugar and honey, add the candy thermometer to the bottom of the pan, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring well (avoiding the sides of the pot) from time to time. Watch the candy thermometer. When the mixture reaches about 250°F, stir almost constantly, taking care to stir up the bottom well and still avoid the sides. When it reaches 302°F, carefully pour into silicone molds or a confectioner's sugar mold. Let cool several hours or overnight before unmolding. Toss with confectioner's sugar if desired. Store in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature.


Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg