Elderberry Syrup

Usually, backyard birds devour all our elderberries. But this year, they left me an entire eighth of a cup (dried)!

So I decided to make a very, very small quantity of elderberry syrup.

  • 1:2 ratio [elderberries : water]
    add any or all of the following spices: star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pod, ginger, orange peel, nutmeg, ETC.
  • bring to boil, reduce to simmer
  • wait until mixture cools to room temperature, strain into bottle (I used coffee filters and a funnel)

add 1 part honey (= amount of elderberry)

look how the honey sinks to the bottom!

cap and shake, refrigerate

use however you like

for example, I enjoy putting a nip in a glass of orange juice when I’m feeling under the weather.

apologies to the metric¬†enthusiasts out there, but I have never weighed an ingredient in my life and I don’t intend to start now. happily, this is a very loose and forgiving recipe that will withstand almost as many alterations as one cares to make.


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