I know it’s been a long time coming, but I am finally following up on how I made my elderberry syrup. Here is my post on the benefits of elderberries. I would write step by step instructions, but this video tutorial is what I used and my syrup and it turned out great. You can use honey or sugar, or a mixture of both. I prefer the mixture because the honey by itself gives it too strong a flavor that I don’t particularly enjoy.
After my first two batches of the syrup, I decided to just make a juice concentrate. I simmered the elderberries as instructed, then added just a little sugar or honey, put it in a jar and added it to water or tea throughout the day. The kids enjoyed it like that too. You can mix it with another juice and water ratio if you don’t like the taste of the elderberries. I just sweetened to taste. Plus, I don’t have to use up so much of my honey or sugar supply. I like this method because when you have a cold or flu it’s good to drink tons of liquids, and this is just another way to ensure getting extra water while consuming the elderberry concentrate.
You could also just boil a teaspoon of elderberries like you would for one cup of tea. Then just sweeten to your liking.
When I have a cold I make echinacea and peppermint tea, and add the elderberry juice or syrup to my tea to really fight it off. I don’t know how much I’m actually shortening the life of the cold, but I have to remember that sometimes a cold just has to run its course. The best thing I can do is try to prevent myself from getting sick by drinking the tea and taking the elderberry syrup regularly, especially during cold and flu season. We did that all last year and I don’t remember the kids or myself getting anything serious.