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Elderberry Elixir

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. dried elderberries where to buy
  • 2 Tb. dried echinacea* where to buy
  • 4 inch-long piece of ginger peeled and cut into thin discs
  • 8-10 inches of cinnamon stick broken into pieces
  • 3 c. distilled water
  • 1/2 c. raw honey where to buy
  • juice from one small lemon optional. This does add a great health boost, but will decrease the shelf life

Instructions

  1. Throw everything BUT THE RAW HONEY and lemon juice into a very clean (preferably stainless steel) pot. (here is what I use) Do not even think of adding the raw honey - heating it up will kill the beneficial enzymes!
  2. Turn your burner onto medium/high and bring the mixture to a constant simmer. Allow it to simmer for a few minutes and then reduce the heat to low - or just hot enough that small bubbles still form on the edges, but not in the center.
  3. Continue to simmer the elderberry mixture for approximately 45 minutes, and enjoy the wonderful spicy fragrance!
  4. In the mean time, measure out the honey and lemon juice into a container (I love my mason jars for this, but oh, this jar is most definitely on my wish list!).
  5. The liquid is done when it has reduced by almost half. Allow it to cool in the pan until it is barely warm (and letting it set out to reach room temperature is totally fine).
  6. Smoosh the berries around with a spoon to release the rest of the juice before you strain it. The easiest method to strain the syrup is to use a french press, but you can also use cheese cloth or a reusable coffee-filter.
  7. Once it's cooled down, strain the mixture and then pour it into the honey and lemon juice and stir gently with a whisk.
  8. Voila, you're done!