Homemade elderberry syrup
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup dried elder berries (or 1 cup fresh)
  • 2 Tbsp elder flowers
  • ½ Tbsp ginger root
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ - ½ cup honey or sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vodka or brandy (optional)
  1. What we're going to do first is make and infusion with the water and herbs. Heat the water to boiling and pour over herbs. You can do this in a mason jar and then strain, or simply use a clean french press. Infusions, simply put, are strong teas, so we'll be letting this sit for about 30 minutes (berries are fairly fragile and don't need to be infused as long as other parts of the plant do).Once you've let this infusion sit for half an hour, strain.
  2. The next thing we'll be doing is making a decoction, which means we'll be reducing the amount of liquid by half.So grab a small pot and pour your infusion into it, noticing how high the liquid is - sometimes I eyeball it, other times I grab something like a popsicle or skewer stick and mark the liquid level.Turn your burner on medium and watch as it warms up. As soon as it begins to steam, turn the burner to low and let it continue to steam until the infusion is reduced by half. This could take 45 minutes or so.
  3. Once your decoction is finished, remove from heat. If you are using sugar, you can add it immediately and stir until dissolved. If you are using honey (especially if it's raw honey), wait until it cools to room temperature.
  4. Vodka can help add to the shelf life, though is not needed, especially if you use it quickly.
  5. Once finished, keep in the refrigerator. (should be good for a couple of weeks - otherwise freeze until needed)
Recipe by Apothecary Kids at http://www.apothecarykids.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup/