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Elderberry syrup in a bottle with some picked elderberries alongside

Elderberry syrup

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Makes about 1 litre

Make a batch of Vitamin C-rich elderberry syrup to use as a cordial or dessert syrup. You could also try it as a wild cassis in cocktails

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per tbsp
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal35
low infat0g
saturates0g
carbs9g
sugars9g
fibre0g
protein0g
salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • about 500g of plump, de-stalked elderberries
  • about 500g white caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Optional extras

  • sliced ginger
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise

Method

  • STEP 1

    Pick the heads of plump elderberries on a sunny day and use a fork to strip the berries from their stalks. Wash the berries if you like, but this isn’t necessary as they are going to be strained.

  • STEP 2

    Tip the berries into a saucepan and cover with about 1cm water. Add any extras like ginger or cloves, if you like. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 mins until the berries have softened into a liquid. Leave to cool slightly.

  • STEP 3

    Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and measure how much liquid you have. For every 500ml of liquid, you’ll need 400g of sugar. Tip the sugar and liquid back into the cleaned saucepan with the lemon juice. Bring up to a simmer and gently bubble for about 10 mins until all the sugar has dissolved. Leave the syrup to cool completely and bottle or freeze. Will keep for three months in the fridge or frozen for up to a year. It can be diluted with hot or cold water to drink, used in desserts or drizzled over ice cream.

RECIPE TIPS

  • Never eat anything foraged without getting them identified by an experienced forager.
  • Elderberries should be cooked before they are consumed, do not eat raw elderberries.

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