Makes 350mls of Elderberry Syrup
- 250g Fresh (if in season) or Dried Elderberries
- 200g sugar (I am afraid so, this is how syrups are made, but they are very effective for soothing throats) white or brown as preferred
- If using fresh elderberries from a hedgerow harvest, ensure that all living creatures are removed safely and that the Elderberries are well washed
- Place the fresh or dried elderberries in a saucepan, add 300mls of water (preferably filtered) and simmer very gently, uncovered, over a low heat for 20-30 minutes.
- Strain the mixture, discarding the fruit and put the liquid back in the saucepan.
- Add the sugar and, keeping the heat low, stir until the sugar has dissolved. If you are unsure check to see if there are sugar crystals on the back of the spoon.
- When the sugar has completely dissolved, bring to the boil for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat.
- Decant the syrup into sterilized bottles, seal and label.
- Keep refrigerated and use within 6-8 weeks. You can sip a spoonful slowly if you have a sore throat, or add still/sparkling cold water to taste, although personally I think it is best served with hot (not boiling) water for a winter glow or to help ward off a cold.