Elderberry syrup is a natural way to help boost immunity and fight off the winter sniffles. A bottle of this makes a great holiday addition to a gift basket.
· 1 cup (15 grams) dried elderberries
· 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
· 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ground or 6 whole peppercorns
· 3 cloves, whole or 1/4 teaspoon ground (optional)
· 2 cups filtered water
· 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
· 1/2–1 cup raw honey (adjust to taste)
1. Place elderberries, ginger, cloves, pepper, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
2. Let cool. Strain through a cheese cloth squeezing out all the juice.
3. Add apple cider vinegar and honey. Bottle in glass with an airtight lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
· Elderberry syrup works best if you take it at the first tale tell signs of a cold. As the cold and flu season approaches, it is great to have a batch in the fridge for when you first feel those watery eyes, itchy throat, or a drippy nose.
· You can freeze the syrup. Try in ice cube trays for easy portioning.
· Cooked elderberries are perfectly safe and edible. A word of caution: Raw elderberries and the seeds of elderberries contain a toxic substance that in some, can induce nausea and vomiting. Stick to just the juice!
Source: “Homemade Elderberry Syrup”. Recipe. www.feastingathome.com. N.p. 6 Oct. 2022. Web. 24 Oct. 2023.
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