Syrup - Immune-Boosting Elderberry


Prep Notes


We live in a world when even the most well nourished bodies get sick. It happens. I think that’s part of being human, and well, let’s face it,  there are many times we don’t get a great amount of sleep (I’m a mom and a bit of an overachiever) and maybe forget to feed myself something other than a mere apple for breakfast and lunch.


Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus,and vitamin C.


I started buying elderberry syrup at the health food store. Let me tell you, those bottles of black syrup aren’t cheap. For about 6oz. I would pay $16. Wow!  Liquid gold!  I quickly found making elderberry syrup at home was easy and cheap.


Simple.

Immune-boosting.

Kid-friendly.

Budget-saving.

Now, that’s my kind of syrup.




Cooking Time

30 min

Yields

3 cups

Ingredients


  • ¾ cup dried elderberries (where to buy)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey

Directions


  1. Add the berries, water, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon stick to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the berry mixture to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, remove from the heat.
  4. Strain the berries from the juice. I use a cheesecloth and small mesh sieve over a bowl. Push the berries in the strainer down with the back of a wood spoon to remove any extra juice. Stir in the honey. The berry mixture should still be warm, not hot, just slightly warm.
  5. Now you have the perfect syrup for fighting off the sniffles this season. Keep in the fridge. Take 1 tablespoon daily by spoon or even mix it in a smoothie or with sparkling water.