Homemade Cough Syrup

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

Just a little something to get rid of that tickle in the back of your throat.


  1. Mix ingredients to-gether in a saucepan and simmer 15 minutes then bottle.
  2. Take 2 tsp.
  3. every 4 hours.
Most Helpful

Not for the kiddos...but it will help when OTC just isn't calming a cough...I've always know this recipe with whiskey and no glycerine (lol-nickname "hillbilly cough syrup) but let me just tell ya...I had to do this a couple nights ago because I wasn't getting to sleep after 2hrs of coughing...We have no whiskey on hand...in fact-only alcohol in the house was a bottle of Bacardi 151 (a "gift" from a friend-that has BARELY been touched it's so strong)...So...honey...lemon...151 I had to add it to juice (I only made a single dose) it was so strong-but knocked the cough out long enough for me to go to sleep.

mamacancook March 03, 2009

I liked this.. well, it's cough syrup and not my favourite tipple, so as long as it was reasonable tasting I was happy. The lemon is quite strong (I had some very juicy lemons) but the honey and Cognac balance things out a bit and I can't stomach Cognac in it's usual beverage form so that's saying something. (Dh doesn't mind this fact: more for him) I have had a low grade cold for the last 3 weeks with an annoying cough and after 3 doses I *seem* to indeed be having that irritable itchy "het hum" feeling in my throat a lot less. Next time I would add a little more honey to the mix (entirely personal preference) but I will persevere with the present one and see if I can beat this cough. Please see my rating system: an easy to make up recipe that will hopefuly make living with colds a fraction less frustrating. Thanks!

kiwidutch March 16, 2007