I have made the syrups with honey and tried different herbal combinations added to it. But I find my favorite is the syrup with some of my other favorite Flu Busting herbs added and vegetable glycerine instead of honey. I can make more at once because it seems to keep better and longer in the fridge. And that saves me time! I hope you enjoy my favorite version of Elderberry Syrup. Oh by the way I have tried both homemade and store bought and not only is homemade MUCH cheaper I feel like it works much better. Again maybe it's just me but thought I would share.
*Part of the Common Sense Preparedness Link Up*
|Elderberries ready to simmer with spices|
|Straining everything out of the decoction|
|Adding the Vegetable Glycerine|
|Pouring into a quart jar to store in the fridge|
3 cups water
1 Cinnamon Stick
4-5 whole Cloves
2-3 thin slices of fresh ginger
3 Tablespoons dried Peppermint Leaf
1 Tablespoon dried Yarrow Leaf and Flower
1 Tablespoon dried Elder Flower (optional)
2 1/2 cups Vegetable Glycerine
Place Elderberries, cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger in a saucepan with water. Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the other herbs and simmer until it has cooked down to about half its volume. (About 10-20 more minutes. You have basically made an herbal decoction) Strain the mixture, mix the glycerine with the strained liquid. Pour into a quart jar. Keeps in the fridge at least 2 months. I pour some into a 4 ounce dropper bottle 2 droppers full is about 1 teaspoon. I have us take about a teaspoon a day in the winter more if there is a lot of sickness around us or we seem a bit under the weather.