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I just went to one of my favorite local markets and found a stash of elderberry syrup in the refrigerator for quite a hefty price. I thought, I can make some myself for a fraction of the cost! I came across this video showing how easy it is to make and knew I had to incorporate this into our wellness routine especially as the colder months are coming soon. I changed it up a little bit and added some additional berries. Both lycii and gogi are also known as wolfberries. The only difference is that they are from different regions in china, but they have similar properties and can be used interchangeably in this recipe in my opinion.
This recipe yields about 3 cups of syrup.
To make it you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups dried organic elderberries
- 1/2 cup dried lycii berries or gogi berries
- 4 cups cold water (distilled, purified, or spring water works best)
- 2-3 tsp organic dried ginger root
- 1 organic sweet cinnamon stick
- 1 cup raw, local honey (or organic maple syrup or agave for a vegan/infant-friendly recipe)
Note: If you’re local to Greenville, SC, my favorite honey comes from Lidya over at the Vdovichenko Bee Farm. If you see her at a local market she has a few samples from different months of the year. I’m blown away at the color variation and taste depending on what types of the flowers the bees pullling their nectar from.
Combine berries and herbs with cold water in pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep 1 hour.
Strain berries and herbs using a funnel overlaid with doubled cheesecloth oand squeeze out liquid (careful, liquid will likely still be hot!). Discard used herbs in compost.
Once liquid has cooled to just above room temperature, add honey and stir to incorporate. Bottle in sterilized glass.
This recipe is easy to multiply if you’d like to make a big batch to store or give as gifts in these glass pantry jars. You can grab a customizable label from here if you need one.
Store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks. We like to grab 2 teaspoons of it a day as part of our overall wellness routine.
Don't have herbs? Shop from Starwest Botanicals or Mountain Rose Herbs.
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Love & Wellness,