Homemade Elderberry Syrup

It’s flu season.  Or it’s STILL flu season.  I’m not sure there was a break from it this year.   For the last six months it has felt like someone has always been sick in our house.  We are over it.

Last year we were turned on to Elderberry Syrup.  After researching a more holistic approach to cold and allergy medicines, this is something that I wanted to try.

A few things about elderberries:

Very high in vitamin A

Have more Vitamin C than oranges

Extremely high amounts of the antioxidant quercitin

Anti-inflamatory

Have been shown to possess antiviral properties that treat colds and flu

I found an organic brand that the kids really liked, but at $13 a bottle the cost really started adding up.  With both kiddos taking it every day, were going through 3-4 bottles per month.

I thought about growing my own elderberries, but man, you need a lot of space and an army to fight off the birds and squirrels!  I decided to push forward using dried elderberries.

I found this brand of dried elderberries on Amazon.

I started looking for recipes to make my own and found a super simple one with only a few ingredients and minimal prep time.

Pour all ingredients (except honey) into a pot and bring to a boil.

My cute assistant

 

All ingredients, minus the honey.

 

Reduce to a simmer, add the lid leaving it partially uncovered for heat to escape, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.  The liquid should reduce by half.

Remove from the heat and let sit for only a few minutes to cool a bit.  Strain into a glass bowl and let it sit until it cools a little more, but is still warm.  If you add the honey when it’s still steaming hot, you’ll cook out all of the amazing benefits of the honey. No good!

Once it has cooled slightly, add the honey whisking until incorporated.

Put in jars of your choice and label.

Keeps in the fridge for several months!

Upon researching, doses for kids are usually 1 teaspoon per day, adults 1 tablespoon per day.

I made a double batch and then realized I had a ton of ingredients left over and made another double batch.  I could have done another double batch, but dinner duty was calling!

The price of the ingredients was way less than a one month supply of our store-bought syrup, and by the time all is said and done, we will have about 4-6 months worth of syrup!

I let my taste-testers try the concoction and they loved it!

There are some fun ways to use the syrup besides straight up!

On pancakes!

Gummies!

Stir it into cocktails or soda water!

Elderberry Jelly!

 

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