The first thing I did was to steep some STRONG herbal tea. I used chamomile, rose hips, peppermint, and orange rind.
After steeping I stained through a coffee filter because I wanted it completely clear.
Cough drop recipe:
1 cup of herbal tea
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon butter
Bring to a boil to a hard crack, 300 degrees
When your syrup is at 300 degrees remove it from the heat and let it cool just a bit.
Then add 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice.
Be very careful - it splatters!
At this point these are very good herbal drops. You can stop right here if you want to.
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But I wanted to duplicate the pricey essential oil drops so I added some LorAnn's oil.
I used Anise, Spearmint, and Cloves.
I have to say these are wonderful!
I really do think they are every bit as good as the $$ drops.
Since I haven't yet purchased molds I needed to make my own.
Below is powdered sugar in a cookie sheet pressed firmly with a second pan.
I used the end of a whisk to make indentations in the sugar. It was a good size for the drops.
When the drops were hard I sifted them out of my powdered sugar so it wasn't a waste of all this sugar.
These are the finished drops.
I think these are worth investing in some good silicone molds. I think that would be a lot less work and clean up. But I really wanted to try this before spending the money for the molds.
Store in an airtight container.
a little bird