Homemade Elderberry Syrup recipe
During cold and flu season, I’m constantly making trips to Walgreens and Whole Foods to pick up my beloved elderberry syrup. So this year, I decided to make my own with some added chai spices like cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. Find dried elderberries online (I bought these ones). You’ll need sugar or honey to make the syrup longer lasting (I’ll be keeping these in my fridge for a few weeks.) As will all herbs and herbal supplements, consult a doctor before consuming.
1 cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
zest from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons grated ginger
5 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup raw honey
Add all the ingredients except for honey to a small pot and simmer on the stovetop for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and push the solids with a wooden spoon against the mesh to extract all the juice. You should have 1 cup of liquid.
Let cool for 10 minutes then stir in honey to dissolve. Transfer to small bottles and store in the fridge.