Recipes

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

  IMG_7953 Elderberry contains high levels of flavonoids means it might have anti - inflammatory and antioxidant properties and many believe it boost your immune system. most notably to fight cold and flu ,and many many more health benefits...

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dried organic elderberries
  • 8 cups cold water ( purified )
  • 1 tbsp organic freshly grated ginger
  • 1 sweet cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 16 to 24 ounces raw, local honey (or organic maple syrup for a vegan/baby friendly recipe)
  • 1/2 cup vodka or brandy (optional to increase shelf life)or (equal amounts of honey)

Directions

  • Combine berries with the cold water in a large stainless steel pot and bring to a boil. Once simmering, add cinnamon, cloves, and grated ginger and continue to simmer,by stirring occasionally .
  • Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it steep for 1 hour.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth strain the mixture, using a spoon to press the berries to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Pour strained liquid into a measuring cup and measure it’s volume.
  • Once the liquid is cool to lukewarm add honey which is  3/4 volume of the syrup  and stir to incorporate.(to increase shelf life ensure volume of syrup and  honey are equal)
  • If using alcohol add now and stir until well combined.
  • Pour the elderberry syrup into clean glass jars or bottles, and refrigerate.it should stay good about 8 weeks with out alcohol.
My family enjoys a teaspoon for a day of this syrup...