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These DIY Hibiscus and Lemon Cough Drops are made with a strong brew of rosy hibiscus tea and fresh lemon for an all natural cough remedy that really works!


makes about 30 cough drops

Total time

0 minutes


  • 1 cup strongly brewed hibiscus tea
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • confectioner's sugar for coating


  1. Prepare 2 mini silicone candy molds by spraying them lightly with coking spray.
  2. Put the tea and sugar in a small heavy saucepan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Insert a candy thermometer and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Boil until the thermometer reads 300F. DON'T STIR. If you mixture starts to scorch towards the end of the cooking, turn the heat down slightly.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Stand back as it may spit.
  5. Gently spoon the hot mixture into the candy mold or molds. You need to work fairly quickly because the candy will start to set up as it cools.
  6. Let the molds sit until set, or put them in the refrigerator to speed things up.
  7. Un-mold the drops and lightly coat them with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking. I used a clean toothbrush to brush away any excess sugar. You can wrap them individually with waxed paper if you like.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

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