I’m so excited–my dried elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs just finally came, and I can make my own syrup! Up to now we’ve been buying bottles from Whole Paycheck, and they are wonderful, but the price is a little…well, high. For less than the cost of a 4 oz. bottle of that stuff, I was able to buy a whole pound of elderberries, a few of which are now simmering on the stove…
I checked a bunch of different recipes, and in the end WellnessMama’s is the one my version is going to come closest to. The kids love this stuff, whether it actually fights coughs and flu or not, and IMO it kinda does, so…?
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
In a saucepan, put:
- 2/3 cup dried elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp ginger powder or 3 tsp dried or fresh ginger root (I use dried, because I bought it from Mountain Rose along with cinnamon chips, clove granules, and other goodies for making mulling spice as Christmas gifts. One of those purchases from a few years ago that is lasting forever; not a bad investment.)
- 1 tsp cinnamon chips or 2/3 tsp cinnamon powder
- 3 cloves
Bring to a boil, then reduce to slow simmer and let boil for 35-45, uncovered, till reduced by about half. You might want to put the exhaust fan on; the smell is lovely, but it becomes a little overpowering after a while…
Remove from heat, let cool half an hour or so. Strain out solids into pyrex measuring cup, mashing berries to get as much liquid out as you can. Continue to cool till lukewarm or so.
Mix in raw honey at about a 1:1 ratio. (Or less, if you want–it’s a kind of “to taste” kind of thing.)
The official way to dispense this stuff is usually 1/2 tsp for kids or 1 tsp for adults, morning and night, to strengthen the immune system. I bet a little bit in seltzer water would be delicious, or drizzled over ice cream…be careful, though, because I’m told too much of it can have an…interesting (and shall we say cleansing)…effect on the digestive system.
Love this stuff!