Making your own elderberry syrup can be easy to do at home and is always a good idea to have on hand to help prevent or reduce the duration of colds and flu.
- 2 cups dried elderberries
- 4 cups water
- 1 inch piece of fresh gingerroot, grated
- 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
- 3 cups honey or agave nectar
- In a medium to large pot, add the elderberries, water, ginger, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. Remove from the heat.
- Using a large wooden or stainless steel spoon, mash the elderberries. Place a cheesecloth-lined strainer over a heat-proof pitcher or Pyrex dish, slowly pour the elderberry mixture into the cheesecloth.
- Once cooled, squeeze out any remaining liquid from the elderberry mixture.
- Measure out the same amount of honey or agave as liquid in the pitcher. In a small to medium sized pot over low heat, add the elderberry liquid and gently heat the honey until it has become liquefied, stirring constantly to mix the elderberry liquid and honey together. Do not allow to boil. Immediately, pour the honey-elderberry liquid into sterilized mason or other jars and let cool.
- You can use a tablespoon of elderberry syrup a few times daily to reap the antiviral benefits of elderberries either for cold and flu prevention or treatment.