Make This Easy Elderberry Syrup to Feel Better All Winter
This is a guest post by Kim Calichio, The Connected Chef.
This elderberry syrup is a staple in my home between the October and April months.
The kids love the taste and it will help support your bodies’ immune health and keep you strong through the long winter. Between this syrup and a big bowl of bone broth, we feel ready to take on seasonal sickness!
- 2 cups Dried, Black Elderberry
- 10.5 cups water
- 6 tbsp Fresh Ginger Root chopped
- 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- 16 pieces Cloves
- 3 cups Raw Honey
- Combine all ingredients EXCEPT HONEY in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and let the mixture reduce by half. (elderberries will leave a line of color on the side of the pot as they reduce, which gives you a helpful visual).
- Once reduced, remove from heat and mash berries with the back of a large spoon.
- Strain mix. Be sure to press mixture with a spoon to get all the liquid out of your berries.
- Let the liquid cool to room temperature & then mix with the honey.
- Dried Elderberries can be purchased on Amazon. Be sure to get the organic brand!
- This is a large batch that will likely last you at least halfway through the winter, if not more. Keep refrigerated.
- I give our family 1 tablespoon of syrup a day as an immune booster.
- When sick, we take it 2-3 times a day or more.
About the Author
Kim Calichio is an accomplished chef and food educator, passionate about re-connecting people with the food they eat; where it comes from, how it grows and how food can bring families together.
"At The Connected Chef, we work with kids in our gardening and cooking classes, as well as with families on an individual basis to problem solve the struggles of parenthood and food. The results: Kids who feel empowered to make independent & healthy food choices and develop a natural respect for their environment and community; Parents who are able to take a breath and connect with their kids instead of engaging in the ever-present struggle of mealtime."
If you liked this recipe, you may also like this post from Kim's blog: Bone Broth