Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Combine elderberries, filtered water and ginger in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until a thermometer registers 100 degrees F. Reduce heat to low, cover and steep for 50 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and honey.Advertisement
Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a quart jar, pressing with a ladle to extract as much liquid as possible. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to use (the syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator).
To prepare a chilled elderberry elixir: Pour 2 tablespoons of the elderberry syrup into an ice-filled glass; top off with 1 cup sparkling water or club soda.
To prepare a hot elderberry beverage: Stir 2 tablespoons of the elderberry syrup into 1 cup hot water.
Tip: Dried elderberries can be found at well-stocked grocery stores (generally in the bulk section) or online.
Read Can Elderberry Help Treat the Cold and Flu? to learn more.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.