Mexican Hot Chocolate Cough Syrup for Kids

From the book, The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies. See more recipes and download your copy instantly here.


  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1/161/18 teaspoon cayenne


  1. Place honey in a bowl with enough room to stir vigorously. If the honey is particularly stiff, warm just slightly to soften and mix the mixture in the saucepan.
  2. Add cinnamon, cocoa powder, and cayenne, then whisk or stir until the mixture is completely homogenous and smooth. It will be thick and will fall in smooth ribbons.
  3. Pour into a clean jar or bottle and store at room temperature for up to six months. If the mixture crystallizes, simply reheat by setting the jar in warm water.
  4. For adults, take 1 tablespoon and for children, take 1 teaspoon as often as needed.


  • The syrup can be quite thick, so it’s sometimes helpful to tilt your head back as you lick it off the spoon. You want all the honey and cayenne goodness to be coating your throat, not your tongue, as much as possible.
  • Also, if children are absolutely averse to taking this off the spoon, it may be stirred into a small amount of hot milk and served as hot chocolate. It’s not as effective, but if that’s the only way your child will take it, it’s definitely acceptable.