I have a blog post from about 2 years ago with my elderberry syrup recipe, and this hasn’t changed much. The latest batch is cooling down. And the biggest mess I made today, which, by my standards, is minimal 🤣 was some splashing on the counter as I was pouring into my pint jars (the picture has mysteriously disappeared from the computer).
I’ve taken to adding turmeric root to my batches to help with inflammation. This also deepens the color, which is glorious to begin with.
Here’s my very basic recipe:
8 oz dried elderberries (I get mine at my local Natural Grocers or online from Herbiary.com)
about 1 gallon of filtered water
1-2 organic lemons, quartered
1 tbsp whole cloves
4-6 cinnamon sticks
2 inches ginger root, cut up
2 inches turmeric root, cut up
local, unfiltered honey
Dump it all in a Dutch oven, except honey, on your stove top, using about 1/2 the gallon of water. Bring to heat and simmer 45-ish minutes. I love the aroma; my family, notsomuch.
Strain into another deep pot, making sure to squeeze out all the goodness (it’s a messy process). Keep that on a low heat, just so a little steam is coming up from the contents. Use more filtered water to rinse out the cooking pan, etc, and add to the batch. At this point, it’s up to you how thick or thin you like yours. You can cook it down again, to make a true syrup (think pancakes), but I leave it at this stage.
Turn off the flame and add your honey to the warm base. Do NOT add to boiling base, as that will kill all the natural immune properties of the honey. The base should be warm enough to liquefy the honey so it stirs in evenly. Again, taste is up to you, I prefer it a bit on the tart side. Your an adult, I assume, so do what you want .
Store in jars. Use 1-2 tbsp daily to keep up on immunity, up to 1/4 cup daily if you have a head cold or other illness.
This recipe makes right about 5 pints. Keeps in the fridge for a while, I have only ever had one batch sour on me by the time I got to the last jar. I slug it right from the jar on the morning after I give it a good shake.