A treat of a recipe today….as it is nearing towards the fall and winter season where you reside making this simple syrup may see you through a winter without the coughs and colds.
INGREDIENTS: 100g DRIED ELDERBERRIES, 750ml WATER, HONEY, CHEESECLOTH (you can opt for fresh elderberries too).
IT IS WAY MORE CHEAPER TO MAKE ELDERBERRY SYRUP THAN BUY IT READY MADE. THIS SYRUP HAS THE BENEFITS OF BOOSTING IMMUNITY AND HELP IN THE PREVENTION OF COLDS AND FLUS.
Place the berries and water in a pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes with the lid on. I LOVE GINGER and CINNAMON, so I add a few fresh pieces of ginger into the pan whilst the ingredients are simmering.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour the mixture through the cheesecloth and allow the juice to drip through. Extract as much liquid as possible and then add 200ml of honey to the juice and dissolve by stirring well. Store this syrup in the fridge in an airtight container. For extra ‘heat’ or spice you can add in a stick of cinnamon.
Generally, if you are one of those people who feel cold when most people around you seem to still be in t-shirts then adding the ginger and cinnamon will help to warm you up.
You can take a tablespoon or two and for children, teaspoons will suffice. The first time we ever made it my boys nearly finished the syrup within a week, so you may just want to store it where those honey monsters will not be able to swig the bottle