Last updated on 21st May 2020
Cough? Cold? Itchy throat? Coronavirus has got us cynical. Sometimes Surely!
No, this recipe aint a cure for something but it is an immunity boost for sure. Its sweet, sour, spice and everything nice.
These Ginger Lemon Drops are comforting and taste amazing! And indeed the simplest candy to make. These even go great as a tea sweetener though not with the milk. The best part is not only the kids can gorge on these, so can the adults.
I don’t have any feelings for summers! Nor can someone living here in India can have that kinda luxury. I love the rains and the winter breeze. The weathers are sorta mixing up these days, though it is peak summer month yet it’s turning cloudy and windy. Cough and cold are just playing around.
Surely we can’t help the effects it is having on the mood but we can take a chill pill. Make a batch of ginger lemon drops with honey and savor it later as well.
We have had this recipe of cough drops in India for ages, available in a variety of forms, and this final one was the result of the experimentation. The traditional recipe for these natural throat drops incorporates ginger and honey.
Ginger and Honey is such a powerful combination! Honey helps soothe the sore throat and reduces the pain and itchiness. Ginger, on the other hand, has antibacterial and antiviral properties that combat the flu virus. It heats up the body from inside and helps to flush out unwanted toxins.
Also, warm lemon water mixed with honey is a well-rewarded manner to soothe a painful throat. This homemade recipe, therefore, worked out together the basic helpful components and put it all together in a candy drop.
I have added cloves and pepper to the recipe as well for enhanced tastes and benefits though you can choose to skip it.
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Popping one of these ginger lemon drops ensures relaxation with contrasting flavors having a blast in your mouth which will keep throat irritations at bay.
Shall we dig into the Ginger Lemon drop recipe with a twist of spices?
Ingredients: Ginger, Honey, Sugar, Lemon, Cloves, Pepper, water. ( Refer here for details )
We start with grating ginger and crushing the cloves and pepper.
Add the above spices to water and simmer it till reduced to half.
Then we sieve away the spices to avoid having and chunks of it. If you like you can choose to let some slender residues stay within. I personally won’t like ginger chunks in my batch. Add in sugar honey and lemon juice.
Cook it on low flame while it gets darker and thicker.
Now you can choose to drop it on powdered sugar and let it set. Or pour it on a butter paper or silicon sheet and knead when it cools down a bit to shape it as desired.
Make sure you leave these lovely ginger lemon drops separated out with enough powdered sugar to solidify.
You can choose to sun dry or store it in a spacious glass jar with powdered sugar in it to avoid them becoming a sticky lump. The kneaded ones are more like toffee in texture while the dropped ones are similar to sugar candy.
These delicious delights are power-packed with immunity-boosting herbs and are just what I needed to stay away from the cough and cold, and I seldom catch any.
Pop one of these and you will instantly feel the warmth and comfort of ginger and cloves along with tanginess of lemon and tingle of spices.
You can just drop one or two of these to freshly brewed tea water and you won’t need to add anything else as it would cover up for spices and sugar. The caramel flavor is a plus.
Have you tried this already?
Do you have any better suggestions for making these cough drops? Do lemme know… Toodles!
Ginger Lemon Honey and Clove Drops
- Deep-bottom vessel
- Crusher or Grinder
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar or Icing Sugar less or more
- ⅔ cup Water
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice Decrease it to half for solidified drops
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Ginger grated
- ½ tbsp Cloves crushed
- 6-8 pieces Black Pepper crushed
- Take water in the deep vessel and put in grated ginger and crushed spices.
- Simmer and reduce it to half. Sieve and seperate out the juices.
- Add in a cup of sugar, lemon juice, and honey.
- Reduce it till it starts to separate from the sides and thicken.
- Spread powdered sugar on a sheet. Use a sieve to distribute it evenly.
- Take a little drop of the syrup and drop it in cold water, if it solidifies it is ready to make into drops.
- Use a spoon to drop it onto the icing sugar and form solid shapes. Wait for around 10 minutes and flip it. Rest another minute and store with some icing sugar.