Elderberry Syrup Recipe

This recipe is a great alternative when you aren't able to purchase our syrup or when you don't have access to fresh elderberries, which are typically harvested in August here in Missouri.

 

To learn more about the benefits of elderberries, click here. 

Total Time: 1 hour 20 min.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups water

  • 2/3 cups black elderberries (dried)

  • 2 Tb. ginger (fresh grated preferably)

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional but a great immune booster)

  • 1 cup raw honey

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pour the water into a saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon.

  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer.  Leave for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.

  3. Remove from heat and let cool until it can be handled easily.

  4. Mash the berries thoroughly.  I use a potato masher for this purpose.

  5. Pour mashed berries through a fine strainer and continue to mash as you pour to get all of the juice.

  6. Be sure you do not get stems or other parts of the berries into the juice.

  7. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool.

  8. Add honey and stir well.  Pour the syrup into a mason jar.  Store in fridge and take daily for a great immune system builder.

  9. You can also freeze this mixture.  However, the honey will not fully freeze so it will be like a slushie!  Not a bad thing at all.

 

Standard dosage is 1/2 to 1 tsp. for kids and 1/2 to 1 Tb for adults.   If illness strikes or in times of stress, this dosage can be taken every 2 to 3 hours instead of once daily.

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