why we love it
Elderberry Syrup is a fantastic way to "drink your vitamins" and both children and adults love it. Plus, it doesn't have to just be taken during winter time - drink it all year round for total body health.
Although we love supporting local farmers markets and vendors, you can absolutely make this at home for yourself, family, and friends. It makes a great gift when poured into a small swing-top bottle!
Other ways to enjoy this syrup: mix into plain greek yogurt, splash into cocktails or mocktails, or add into your coffee, tea, or smoothie.
4 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks or 1 tablespoon cinnamon chips (I prefer chips, but you can always crush up cinnamon sticks to make chips. The chips have more surface area to simmer and release more of the cinnamon taste)
1 teaspoon cardamom powder (or 4-5 crushed whole cardamom pods)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons dried rosehips
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated (1 tbsp dried ginger)
1 cup honey (adjust to taste)
Prepare Ingredients: Rinse the elderberries thoroughly and combine them with water in a medium-sized saucepan.
Add Spices: Add the cinnamon sticks or chips, cardamom powder (or pods), whole cloves, dried rosehips, and grated (or dried) ginger to the saucepan. Stir to combine.
Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow it to simmer uncovered for about 30-45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.
Strain: Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool slightly. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl, pressing on the berries to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
Sweeten with Honey: Once the liquid has cooled to a warm temperature, stir in the honey. Adjust the amount of honey according to your taste preferences.
Bottle: Pour the elderberry syrup into a clean glass bottle or jar. Make sure the container is airtight.
Storage: Store the elderberry syrup in the refrigerator. It should keep for several weeks. Shake well before using, as natural separation may occur.