In the wintertime, I start my days with a shot of this delicious syrup.
Elderberries are packed with vitamins & antioxidants and help you boost your immune system. The lovely spices add warmth and their delicious flavours of course.
This recipe makes enough for 1 month worth of daily “shots” – it keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge, so find my tip about freezing it below!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Makes 2 cups
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- 4 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1 inch sliced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp cardamom pods
- 2 star anise
- ¼ cup maple syrup
Place all ingredients except for maple syrup in a a medium sized pot.
Bring to a boil. Then, lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour (uncovered).
Remove from heat and allow to cool down.
Place a fine sieve over a bowl or jar, and strain the syrup.
While in the sieve, press into the berries with a spoon, to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard the berries.
Add maple syrup and mix well.
I like to pour my syrup into ice cubes trays – once frozen, I keep the cubes in a container in the freezer, and take one out every night to defrost in the fridge – then it’s ready by the morning time!
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an autoimmune disease, consult with your doctor before taking elderberry.
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