- ⅔ cup black elderberries
- 3.5 cups of water
- a sprinkle of ground ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup raw honey
- Pour the water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon stick and cloves (do not add honey!)
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. Or even better, strain the mixture through a muslin so you can every last bit of juice out!
- Discard the remains of the elderberries and cinnamon stick and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
- When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a glass jar to store in the fridge.
Elderberry syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. Infants over 12 months can have tsp per day and adults 2 teaspoons.
The easiest way to take your syrup is to mix with water for a nice cordial drink or you could stir it into porridge, drop some into a smoothie or just have it neat off the spoon! Whatever takes your fancy.