Monday, 29 August 2011

Elderberry Syrup

Around this time of year I collect elderberries to make a syrup, pour it into bottles and use it over the winter as a warm drink ( I pour some into a mug and top it up with hot water). It is soothing, warm and full of Vitamin C so keeps those colds at bay. I had some left from last winter and used it this summer with lemonade, what a wonderful refreshing drink it made. So now I know I can use Elderberry Syrup all year around.

Elderberry Syrup
Large bucketfull of elderberries

1. I gather as many berries that will fill a bucket. I use a fork to remove the
berries - a job usually done outdoors as the berries can fly everywhere
2. Put the berries into a large pan and half fill with water.
3. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 25-30 mins until the juice is extracted
4. Strain the juice into a clean pan.
5. Add 1 lb of sugar for every 1 pint of juice into the pan
6. Add juice of 1 lemon for every 1 pint of juice into the pan
7. Add about 20 whole cloves
8. Bring the juice to the boil and leave to simmer 10 minutes making sure all the
sugar has dissolved, it will thicken slightly into a syrup.
9. Strain again to remove the cloves and leave to cool.
10. Pour into clean bottles, seal and leave in a dark place. Once opened leave in
the fridge until needed

It really has the most amazing colour and taste


Maggie said...

We always have masses of elderberries along the lanes I might just gove this a try.
Thanks for stopping by in Normandy

Jackie said...

I admire you making this juice, it sounds wonderful and I am sure is very good for you. Have a good week, Jackie.

Pondside said...

I'd love to try some of this. I don't know if anyone has elderberries around here. Last year I planted a bush, after reading posts like yours, but it hasn't any berries yet.

SavannahGranny said...

Sounds so good and really healthy. Wish I had some nearby. Thanks for your visit and sweet comments.Ginger

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann, Your blog makes me miss the UK (dad is English and my husband I lived there for 5 years, when we were first married). I saw the elderberry syrup recipe and it made me recall my love of blackcurrant cordial. How I wish (wish,wish) I could find blackcurrants here on the east coast (US). Lovely colors/images on your blog.