Using the Herban Berry Elderberry Syrup Kit (4 oz)
In the kit:
2 cups dried organic elderberries
3 tsp. organic dried ginger root powder
1 tsp. cloves powder
1 organic sweet cinnamon stick
1 dehydrated orange peel
Other ingredients and supplies (not included)
4 cups cold water (we recommend distilled)
1 cup honey
Glass jar or bottle
Combine package contents with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep 1 hour.
Strain dry ingredients using a fine mesh strainer. (Make sure you squeeze all the liquid out of the berries so you aren’t wasting any. The back of a wooden spoon should do the trick.) Discard used herbs in compost.
Once liquid has cooled to just above room temperature, add honey and stir to incorporate.
Bottle in sterilized glass and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 2 months.
Be sure to add honey in a ratio that is at least half of the total volume of liquid after it has simmered. This amount can change slightly and you want to make sure you have enough preservative (honey) so that your syrup won't spoil. (Example: If you are left with 2 cups of elderberry decoction, you will want to add at least 1 cup of honey.)