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Homemade Cough Syrup with Whiskey (Bourbon Cough Syrup)
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5 from 2 votes

Bourbon Cough Syrup

This homemade cough syrup uses bourbon (or whiskey), raw honey, and apple cider vinegar for an easy tonic. Use it to soothe a sore throat, calm a cough, or simply because it's delicious!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Tonic
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 26kcal


  • 2 oz raw honey (4 TB)
  • 2 oz bourbon or whiskey
  • 2 oz apple cider vinegar (with the mother)


  • Add all ingredients to a jar. Close the jar, and shake until the honey is incorporated.
  • Use as desired. Recommended serving size ½ oz (1 TB) per person.
    Optionally, dilute a spoonful of the syrup by pouring into a small mug of warm water. Sip on the warm tonic.
    Store the lidded jar in the fridge, and use within 6 months.


Nonalcoholic version:  Use 2 oz water instead of bourbon.  The shelf life of the syrup will be shorter (about 2 weeks). 
Flavoring Options: 
- Add a dash of ground cinnamon an/or ginger to the syrup before shaking.  
- Add a cinnamon stick to the jar, and allow the cinnamon to infuse into the bourbon until you're happy with the flavor (infuse from about 1 day - 1 week)
- Use flavored whiskey or flavored honey


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 1mg