This is my super easy recipe for Elderberry Syrup, yields 2 cups (16 oz)
The most common recommendation out there is to take 1-2 teaspoons daily for immunity support during cold and flu season.
*Can increase to 3 times a day at onset of symptoms.
Try pouring over pancakes, waffles, french toast, stir into yogurt or vanilla ice cream!
"Black elderberry has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Some preliminary studies demonstrate that elderberry may have a measurable effect in treating the flu, alleviating allergies, and boosting overall respiratory health." -Wikipedia
Step 1: What you'll need
4 Slices of Ginger Root (I keep mine in the freezer)
4 Whole Cloves
2 Cinnamon Sticks ( Not pictured, I have substituted 2 tsp ground cinnamon with success)
1 Cup Local Raw Unfiltered Honey ( bought mine at Safeway WP, but I hear Costco is carrying it in CS)
4 Cups Water
*Pot, Spoon, Measuring Cup,
Metal Strainer, Cheesecloth (optional)
Jars for storage
Step 2: Reconstitute the berries for flavor!
Stir gently and regularly while simmering.
Step 3: Adding ingredients & boiling down
Continue simmering for ~30 minutes, stirring regularly, until liquid is down to half.
Step 4: Strain
*Don't smash the berries too hard when straining for flavor sake, be gently on the delicate berries!
Step 5: Allow to cool & add honey
*Adding the honey while the berry juice is too hot will hurt the medicinal properties in the honey!
Step 6: Storage
*could also freeze in ice cube tray to use later