This simple, immune-boosting elixir can help prevent you from catching a cold, the flu, and other harmful viruses throughout the season. And if those germs do take hold, adding elderberry syrup might speed up your recovery. While you can find ready-made elderberry syrup, this simple version can save you quite a few pennies. Extra pocket pocket change AND healthier days...that's what I call a win!
- 3 cups filtered water
- ¾ cup dried elderberries
- 2 Tbls fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup honey (preferably local)
- In a medium saucepan, combine water, elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir gently to incorporate.
- Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until liquid has reduced by half, about 45 minutes. Vent lid slightly if needed to allow extra steam to escape.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool until the liquid is safe to handle.
- Mash berries with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
- Pour mixture through a fine colander or cheesecloth set over a bowl, pressing on the solids to release as much of the liquid as you can.
- Discard the elderberry and other solids.
- While liquid is still warm but not hot, add 1 cup honey and stir gently to incorporate.
- Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator, and take 1-2 teaspoons daily for maintenance and up to 1 tablespoon every 3-4 hours during illness (½ these recommendations for children).
If you don't think you'll use the syrup within 2-3 weeks, pour tablespoon-sized servings into ice cube trays and freeze. Use as needed in smoothies, added to water, or enjoy as a little frozen immunity treat! I use Frontier Organic Dried Elderberries This recipe and the recommendations within are not intended as personal medical advice. Statements do not claim to cure, prevent, diagnose, or treat any nutrition-related disease or health condition. Always consult your qualified healthcare professional before changing your diet or medications or with any specific questions you have regarding your health condition.