This recipe makes 24 ounces.
- 2 cups dried elderberries
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- ½ lemon
- 1 ½ cup raw honey
Place water, berries, cinnamon, cloves, ginger into a saucepan. Give the lemon a squeeze into the liquid then drop it in, rind and all. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes, or until liquid has reduced to about half its original volume.
Remove pot from heat. Mash the berries with back of a spoon or a potato masher to squeeze any juices out of them. Remove the cinnamon stick, and lemon half. Strain liquid into a glass bowl, mashing the berries in the strainer as you pour.
Discard (or compost) the berry mash. Return the liquid to the saucepan and now stir in the honey. The pot and the liquid should still be just warm enough for the honey to easily incorporate into the liquid.
Pour into a large mason jar (or several small jars) and store in fridge. Can also store excess in the freezer until ready to use.
Take 2 teaspoonfuls daily to boost your immune system and ward off the flu and colds. (½ to 1 teaspoonful for children).
To treat flu or colds, take 2 teaspoonsful 4 times daily. (½ to 1 teaspoonful up to 4 times daily for children).
-When adding the honey make sure the liquid is warm, but not hot. You do not want to kill off the antibacterial properties of the honey!
-Mix syrup into smoothies or sparkling water. Or pour over pancakes or waffles!
Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg