After my Elderberry syrup turned to jelly I decided to make up a batch of elixir instead. Since there is no heating involved, there is no chance of it turning to jelly. This elixir does contain brandy for preservation and extraction purposes. You can substitute another alcohol, like vodka, if you prefer.
If you want a simpler flavor you can leave out the spices entirely, but they do contain beneficial compounds. Rose hips would be a great addition to this (1/2 cup) to kick up the Vitamin C and add a citrusy note, but I was out of them at the time.
- 1 cup dried black elderberries
- 1 stick cinnamon stick
- 6 cardamom pods (gently cracked)
- 8 cloves clove
- ¼ cup fresh ginger root (peeled and chopped)
- 1 pint brandy
- 1 cup raw honey
- Combine all ingredients in a glass jar.
- Shake to dissolve honey.
- Let steep for 4 to 6 weeks, shaking every day or two.
- Strain and store.
Take 1 teaspoon a day for prevention or 1 teaspoon several times a day for illness.
You can take it straight up or add it to juice or sparkling water. I find it’s nice mixed in a cocktail as well.
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