Updated: Apr 7, 2019
February 3, 2019
Elderberry syrup has got to be one of the easiest things to make, mostly because you can go from gathering the ingredients to bottles in one evening.
My recipe may differ from yours our others that you have seen. This is typical, because people always vary a recipe to their own liking. In fact, sometimes I do it differently myself. But as a general rule, this is my recipe.
1 cup of dried Elderberries
3 cups of water
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon of Ginger
1 Cup of Honey
Everything except the honey goes into the pot. I usually set the heat up pretty high till the water gets hot. Then I cover and set to simmer, stirring now and then, and even mashing a little bit.
I leave the cover tilted a little because my cover doesn't have a vent. I do this for 1/2 an hour which cooks the solution down about 1/2 as well. When it's done, I take the cinnamon sticks out and give it a good mashing.
I give it a chance to cool and the evaporation of the water to continue a bit. Then pour through a strainer and a #90 cheesecloth. You have to give it a good squeeze in the cheesecloth to get every bit of juice out. I generally end up with something under 2 cups.
While it is still a bit warm, I start adding the honey. This can take a while, doing the pouring and stirring. It takes a while for the honey to mix in well with the rest of the solution. We get our honey from the store across the street from us called "Teddies of Mount Holly. It is local honey and comes in a two cup jar. How cool is that!
Now all that is left to do, is pour it into the bottles.
I prefer to drink the syrup cold so I pack it into the refrigerator for the evening and it's ready to drink the next morning. My wife and I both take about 30 ml every morning and evening. So we go through it pretty fast. But it sure does help keep away the wintertime colds!