Freshly picked elderberries + local raw honey
2 C de-stemmed elderberries making sure there are NO stems left
2 tablespoons rose hips
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon dried ginger or one inch peeled fresh ginger
1/4 vanilla bean
4 cups water
2 cups honey
Homemade Elderberry Syrup Directions:
Over medium-low heat simmer the elderberries, rose hips, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, vanilla bean and water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until liquid is thick and syrupy and reduced by half. While the mixture is still warm (or the elderberries will absorb all of your syrup!) strain the syrup through a sieve. Combine with honey and store in an airtight container (I use a mason jar) in the refrigerator.
* 1-2 teaspoons a day is recommended to boost immunities and help prevent illness.
* The honey is used merely as a sweetener, liquid stevia keeps for months you can use this instead in order to make the syrup vegan just add slowly to your own taste, remember a little goes a LONG way.