A big batch of this syrup is just the ticket for taking on flu season. We swear by a spoonful of this tasty herbal remedy made from cinnamon, ginger, honey and antioxidant-rich elderberries to keep our bodies in tip-top shape all winter long.
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
- 2 cups water
- liquid honey
To make the syrup, place the elderberries, cinnamon stick, ginger and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow mixture to simmer for about 40 minutes. Remove from heat and then mash the berries to release the rest of their juices. Using a metal sieve, strain the elderberry mixture into a large jar. Measure the liquid and stir in an equal amount of the honey, about 1 cup. Keep the syrup in a sterile glass bottle, and store in the refrigerator for up to six months.
*Avoid eating unripe or insufficiently cooked elderberries, which can be poisonous.