Recipe For Elderberry Syrup

This year was not a good one for picking elderberries! We searched and searched and searched this past summer but they just were not there. Evidentally, the weather was not cold enough last winter to make a good harvest this year BUT…I got some dried elderberries!

So as I was nearing the end of that lovely, purple elixir, I thought I might need to make some more. I take the elderberry syrup as a preventative for colds and at the first sign that someone says they are not feeling well, in goes a spoonful of this yummy goodness!

Elderberries should not be confused with pokeberries as I have heard some people do. Elderberries are in very tiny clusters on the trees where as pokeberries(toxic!) are larger bunches on thick stemmed pants that can grow about 8 feet tall. Here is a picture of elderberries on a tree. And one of the flowers before the berries.
elderberries

elder flowers

Here is the recipe I used from
Mountain Rose Herbs.
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/10/november/elderberrysyrup.php
Elderberry Syrup
1 cup fresh elderberries or 1/2 cup(i used a heaping 1/2) dried organic elderberries
3 cups water
1 cup raw honey
1 organic cinnamon stick
3 organic cloves(I did not have organic)
sliced fresh ginger(optional)
brandy(optional for preserving)

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Place berries, water and spices into a non aluminum saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
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Smash the berries with a potato masher to release more juices, then strain using a cheesecloth lined colander over a bowl. I let it drain a few minutes, cool a bit, then squeeze the cheesecloth to get every last drop.
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Next, add your honey and you may have to put it back on the heat, LOW for a minute to combine the honey. Now you are ready to fill your jars! I added about an ounce of brandy to the larger bottle(12 oz bottle). I need to go get more brandy but I will leave at least one bottle in the fridge for pancakes and stuff!

This amount made 1 12oz bottle, 1 6-8 oz bottle and 4 2oz bottles.
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Do you make your own Elderberry Syrup or any other medicinal syrup? Let me know and I would be happy to post the recipes.Have a great day!
Anne-Marie

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