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Ready for dosage with 2 Whiskey Honey Lemon Cough Syrup with a bottle of honey and whiskey and a half a lemon on a cutting board.
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Whiskey Honey Lemon Cough Syrup

Whiskey Honey Lemon Cough Syrup is an old fashion homemade cough syrup recipe and natural remedy to help calm coughs using only three pantry ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 dosages
Calories: 35kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh or lemon concentrate
  • 1 cup warm water or herbal tea optional


Adult Homemade Cough Syrup

  • Mix whiskey, honey and lemon juice together and stir well.
  • Dosage for adults is 1 -2 tablespoons every 4-6 hours or as needed for cough. We like to drink it straight up. However, if you desire, you can place ingredients in either a cup of warm water or herbal tea, mix and sip on it. If you like it sweeter, add a little more honey to the mix.

Children older than 12 months old Homemade Cough Syrup

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice together. DO NOT ADD Whiskey. Mix together and can be taken straight up or mix in a little warm water. Do not give honey to children less than 12 months of age.



Dosage is 1 -2 tablespoons for adults every 4-6 hours or as needed. 
You can make any amount you wish as it is all equal parts of whiskey, lemon juice and honey. (Maybe you would like to make ¼ cup whiskey, ¼ cup honey and ¼ cup lemon juice together) However, please note because of the fresh lemon juice it only lasts about 3 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. 
You can also use the lemon juice concentrate and because that has preservatives it can last up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator prepared with the whiskey and honey. 
If you are craving something warm to drink add 1-2 tablespoons in a mug of hot water or your favorite herbal tea. Sometimes, this is very soothing, especially if you have a stuffy nose too. 
If you do not have whiskey, this recipe is also nice with rum or whatever you have on hand. 
Raw honey is best for this but when times are tough, use whatever you can get your hands on. 
The original recipe does have alcohol in it, and it is NOT recommended for children or those with liver disease.
We have also included a kid friendly (no alcohol version) of homemade cough syrup for children older than 12 months of age and have no other allergens in our recipe card. Please consult with your pediatrician before initiating. Do not give honey to children less than 12 months of age. 
As always, before starting any new home therapy, you must discuss this homemade cough syrup idea with your primary care physician before initiating self-treatment. You need to make sure this is okay for your condition, any pre-conditions you may have and to make sure that it does not react with any medications that you are currently taking. (okay, the nurse is now stepping down from her soap box). We love you guys and we just want you to be safe!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 2mg