Elderberry Syrup

This winter, I’ve been dosing my kids up with Sambucol — an herbal black elderberry extract that supposedly helps combat colds and flu. I don’t know if it really works but my kiddos have been pretty healthy over here. I thought making my own elderberry syrup was out of the question because, well, I have no elderberries (do they grow here?). Then, I stumbled upon this blog, and her recipe which used dried elderberries to make syrup (also with photos of the steps along the way). I got all excited and ordered some dried berries from a local health food store. Then I made some syrup — my recipe is slightly different from hers since I had less honey on hand and slightly more elderberries in my bag — there are many recipes out there in google-land, which use varying amounts of water, berries, sweetener & spices. I just did what seemed to make sense and it worked.

I used 2 oz of elderberries — this was about 2/3 cup.

Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, then cool. Strain the berries out (I was left with almost 2 cups of liquid) and add some sweetener. I only added 1/2 cup of honey (it was all I had on hand).

Bottle your syrup.

While this syrup is not nearly as thick as the store bought kind, it is delicious!! This will make a healthy (and yummy) addition to smoothies. It would also be tasty in tea. I popped the bottle in the fridge (and the extra half bottle in the freezer). Now it’s time for me to kick back and take a tea, errr, medicine break.


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