Anyway, yesterday we were over at Simon and Alison's and she let me taste what she'd done with them. And YUM!
So when I got home I wandered around the garden and managed to find a lot of elderflower berries. There's still loads left, but the majority of them are very high up.
I read a tip that if you freeze them first the berries come off the stalks a lot more easily, so I bunged them in the freezer over night. And it worked a treat.
I ended up with three cups.
This is what I did.
Elderberry Elixir Recipe
3 cups fresh elderberries
7 cups water
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 cup manuka honey
2 teaspoons ground ginger ( I didnt have any fresh ginger and this is why mine is cloudy. Well not crystal clear!)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
(There are lots and lots of recipes online. Mine is a muddle up.)
So, put the berries, water and spices into a large pan and bring to the boil. Then simmer for 45 minutes so it reduces down.
Put through a fine sieve. I then added the cup of sugar and stirred it in. I suppose you could have done this at the first stage...
Once the mixture has cooled down a bit add the cup of honey and mix well.
My syrup/elixir is quite sweet - but I like it like that! You could add less sugar.
It's supposed to have all sorts of amazing qualities, and boost your immune system. I have no clue if it does or not, all I know is that it tasted really good and I wanted to finally use some of the millions of elderberries we get in the garden.