This winter season came in strong with the cold frigid weather and most significantly the current Flu Epidemic in the United States. No need for me to give you the data and details on the crisis since it’s all across the news everyday showing up in our inboxes. I want to share with you my simple recipe for making Elderberry Syrup which can keep yourself and loved ones supported throughout this season.
Elderberry Syrup is a well known remedy used for the cold and flu season that can be supportive for the immune system during illness. Elderberry syrup can be used as a preventative as well. It is commonly sold by local herbalist. Elderberry Syrup is fairly simple to make and can be customized to suit your taste with ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. I have included a quick recipe and instructions on how to make this syrup at home.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Yields 16 ounces
2 ounces of dried elderberries
½ ounce of orange peels (fresh or dried)
¼ ounce of grated ginger root (fresh or dried)
¼ ounce of cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
To add later (*8 ounces of Honey or Vegan alternative)
Step 1: Add 3.5 cups of water to a saucepan, add all the ingredients in the water.
Step 2: Bring water to a boil and then let it simmer on low for 45 min. The goal is to have the liquid reduced by half.
Step 3: Remove from heat, and crush with spoon or potato masher against the pan. Not too hard as you don’t want berries to become completely mushy.
Step 4: Strain the ingredients through a cheesecloth or strainer. At this point you are obtaining all the juices from the berries and herbs.
Step 5: Let the juice cool at room temperature. You now have a concentrate. To obtain your syrup texture, this is where you will add in 1 cup of honey*.
Step 6: Store your elderberry syrup in a sealed glass jar and refrigerate for up to 6 weeks.
*Feel free to use a honey alternative.
*Honey should never be given to an infant less than 1 yrs. old.
Recommended use: Children 1-3 tsp per day. Adults 1-3 tbsp. per day.
Don’t want to make your own elderberry syrup?
You can purchase our pre-made elderberry syrup or buy our elderberry syrup kit here.