Last Sunday I ranted and raved about how much I love Throat Coat from Traditional Medicinals. They are such an honorable company and I love they have have a holistic approach to tea. I thought it would be a cool idea to make throat lozenges out of the tea.
I wanted something I could use when I’m on the go, when making tea is impossible. The task seemed a little daunting to me, and I was worried about all of the things I would have to purchase to make them. It seemed like such a hassle. However, it turned out to be a very simple process and the only item I didn’t have on hand was silicone molds, which is completely optional.
Making the lozenges was actually pretty simple, I don’t know what I was worried about!
Another required item that some of you may not have on hand is a candy thermometer that attaches to the side of a saucepan. This is important and you can’t guesstimate here, so the thermometer is vital in order for this recipe to work. If you don’t have one on hand, they are fairly cheap and you can find them at most grocery stores.
How to make lozenges for spring allergies
Using a teapot, bring the pot to a boil. Pour the boiled water over two bags of Throat Coat tea and let them steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
Use one cup of the tea water and pour into a medium saucepan. Measure out 1/2 cup of honey and add to the tea water. Juice one lemon and add the lemon juice to the sweetened tea water.
For the next step, a candy thermometer is required to ensure the mixture doesn’t burn and is hot enough to set properly. Place the thermometer in the pan, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the saucepan.
Over medium-high heat, bring the tea, honey and lemon water to a rapid boil until the thermometer reads 250 degrees. Stirring frequently, allow the water to keep boiling until thermometer reads 300 degrees.
Pour into silicone molds and let the the lozenges cool completely. Cooling could take several hours so this is a great time to get a head start on your spring cleaning.
Once the lozenges are completely cooled, they will be sticky so a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar with help out with that.
- 1 cup of steeped tea water
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large lemon, juiced
- Bring a teapot to boil then remove from heat.
- Pour hot water over 2 tea bags and let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
- Pour 1 cup of the hot tea water into a medium saucepan.
- Add honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the saucepan.
- Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and turn the burner to medium-high heat.
- Bring the mixture to a rapid boil. Make sure to keep an eye on the thermometer.
- When the thermometer reaches 250 degrees, stir the mixture until the gauge reads 300 degrees.
- Turn the burner off and pour the tea mixture into the silicone molds.
- Let the lozenges cool completely, this could a couple hours so be patient!