Old Fashioned Cough Syrup Recipes With Whiskey, Honey, Lemon, Peppermint

How to make homemade cough syrup with whiskey.  This has three easy recipes that you can make at home and use to relieve the symptoms of a cough.  These are based on old fashioned cough syrup recipes that my grandmothers used, and I still use them today.





Whiskey and Honey for Cough - 3 Easy Recipes


When you can't stop coughing, you'll do just about anything for relief.  I've tried over the counter medications, prescription medications, and a cough remedy with whiskey.


I'm not much of a drinker, and I definitely prefer a White Claw over the hard stuff, but a whiskey cough syrup works better than anything else for me.


This whiskey honey lemon cold remedy, hot toddy recipe for cough, and peppermint cough syrup recipes are easy to make, and they are shelf stable.


Before we get to the whiskey cold remedy recipes, each of these old fashioned cough syrup recipes is for adults 21 and older.  Do not give them to children.


Although it's a small amount of whiskey, be responsible.  Do not drive or otherwise operate any heavy machinery after you take a dose.  


For more natural recipes, try one of these ideas:




  


Can Whiskey Help a Cough?


While there are no studies answering can whiskey help a cough, many people swear by it.  Personally, I've been sick and whiskey was the only thing that gave me relief.


When you drink alcohol, it dilates your blood vessels.  This makes it act like a natural decongestant.  Further, the steam from a hot drink also acts like a decongestant, which is why I usually  make a hot toddy recipe for cough.


Drinking alcohol also works like a sedative.  It slows down your breathing and heart rate slightly, which can reduce coughing.  


Whiskey can also help you feel calmer.  If you're stressed from being sick, it can help you get some temporary relief.


Which Whiskey is Best for a Cough?


There are several kinds of alcohol that you can use for a whiskey cold remedy.  I just use what we have on hand and don't buy anything special.


Although I call this a whiskey cough syrup, you can use bourbon, rum, or whiskey.  If you have a dark liquor in your cupboard, then you can probably use it.





What Can I Drink to Soothe My Coughing?


Whiskey, tea, lemon, and peppermint are the go tos for and old fashioned cough syrup recipe.  Here are some more recipes that you can try to relief cold and cough symptoms:


  

Does Hot Tea and Honey Help a Cough?


Honey has been studied for an old fashioned cough syrup recipe for children.  In a study, honey relieved cough symptoms better than no treatment or diphenhydramine, and it was the same effectiveness as using dextromethorphan


Drinking hot tea in a hot toddy recipe for cough can temporarily relieve cough symptoms because it opens airways due to the steam.





Is Lemon Good for a Cough?


Lemon is commonly used in a whiskey cough syrup.  It adds flavor, and people swear that it can help relieve a cough.  Personally, I think the whiskey and steam do more than the lemon.


However, in a study, citrus did reduce inflammation in mice.  Although this doesn't prove that lemon is effective in a whiskey honey lemon cold remedy, it does show some promise.


Whiskey Honey Lemon Cold Remedy


The first recipe is a whiskey honey lemon cold remedy.  This is a simple recipe, and you can keep it on the shelf for when you need it.  Keep out of reach of children.





To make a whisky and honey for cough recipe, you will need:



Lemon and Whiskey Cough Syrup Directions


To make this whiskey cold remedy, follow these steps:


  1. Place lemon slices in the jar.  
  2. Pour whiskey over the lemon slices.
  3. Spoon the raw honey on top.
  4. Seal the jar and shake for a minute.
  5. Let rest overnight, shake every few hours.
  

To use this whiskey cough syrup, take a tablespoon every four to six hours.  You can also stir it into a mug of black tea or herbal tea.  


Homemade Cough Syrup With Whiskey and Peppermint


I prefer this peppermint whiskey and honey for cough because it has more flavor.  I use peppermint candies.  They aren't the healthiest, but they are shelf stable and easy to use.





To make a homemade cough syrup with whiskey and peppermint, you will need:



Peppermint Whiskey and Honey for Cough Directions


Follow these steps to make peppermint cough syrup:


  1. Place 3-4 peppermint balls in the jar.
  2. Add lemon slices on top of the peppermint balls.
  3. Add about half of the honey.
  4. Repeat with another layer.
  5. Add whiskey to fill the jar.
  6. Put the lid on the jar and shake gently.
  7. Let the homemade cough syrup with whiskey and peppermint sit overnight, shaking every few hours.



To use this old fashioned cough syrup recipe, take a tablespoon every 4 to 6 hours.  You can also add it to a cup of hot tea.


You can remove the lemon slices after 48 hours.  


Hot Toddy Recipe for Cough


A hot toddy recipe for cough is perhaps the most common whiskey cough remedy.  You can either use a a tablespoon of the two recipes above or make it from scratch each time.





To make a hot toddy recipe for cough, you will need:


  • 1 1/2 ounce brown whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey, local is best
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water or tea
  • Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick, or star anise (optional)


Hot Toddy Recipe for Cough Directions


Follow these steps to make a whiskey cold remedy by the cup:


  1. Combine whiskey, honey, and lemon juice in a mug.
  2. Pour in hot water.  Stir well.
  3. Add a lemon wedge, cinnamon stick, or star anise if desired.
  4. Drink while hot.


Now you know how to make a cough remedy with whiskey.  Again, be responsible and keep away from children.  


How to Make Homemade Cough Syrup With Whiskey was originally published at Everything Pretty.


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How to Make Homemade Cough Syrup With Whiskey

How to Make Homemade Cough Syrup With Whiskey

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Author
Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Prep time
5 Min
Inactive time
24 Hour
Total time
24 H & 5 M
How to make a whiskey cough syrup with honey and lemon. Use it by itself or use to make a hot toddy.

Ingredients

Whiskey Honey Lemon Cold Remedy
  • 1/2 cup brown whiskey
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (local if possible)
  • 1 lemon, sliced
Homemade Cough Syrup With Whiskey and Peppermint
  • 1/2 cup brown whiskey
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, local is best
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 10-12 peppermint balls
Hot Toddy Recipe for Cough
  • 1 1/2 ounce brown whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey, local is best
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water or tea
  • Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick, or star anise (optional)

Instructions

Whiskey Honey Lemon Cold Remedy
  1. Place lemon slices in the jar.
  2. Pour whiskey over the lemon slices.
  3. Spoon the raw honey on top.
  4. Seal the jar and shake for a minute.
  5. Let rest overnight, shake every few hours.
Homemade Cough Syrup With Whiskey and Peppermint
  1. Place 3-4 peppermint balls in the jar.
  2. Add lemon slices on top of the peppermint balls.
  3. Add about half of the honey.
  4. Repeat with another layer.
  5. Add whiskey to fill the jar.
  6. Put the lid on the jar and shake gently.
  7. Let the homemade cough syrup with whiskey and peppermint sit overnight, shaking every few hours.
Hot Toddy Recipe for Cough
  1. Combine whiskey, honey, and lemon juice in a mug.
  2. Pour in hot water. Stir well.
  3. Add a lemon wedge, cinnamon stick, or star anise if desired.
  4. Drink while hot.

Notes:

Take 1 tablespoon of either mixture every 4 to 6 hours. You can also use 1-2 tablespoons in hot water or hot tea to make a hot toddy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

107.70

Fat (grams)

0.07

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.01

Carbs (grams)

11.77

Fiber (grams)

0.69

Net carbs

11.08

Sugar (grams)

10.19

Protein (grams)

0.30

Sodium (milligrams)

2.58

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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American
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