This Black Beauty Elderberry Elixir is not only easy to make but the aroma filling the air as it steeps and simmers is divine.
A step up from The Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe (check out the amazing benefits of elderberry at the link) this adds another layer of protection with spices to keep away winter-ills.
Star anise – antiviral properties, key ingredient in flu-fighting drug Tamiflu
Cinnamon – warming and antimicrobial
Cloves – warming and antimicrobial
Fresh ginger – warming and anti-inflammatory
- 1.5 cups of fresh elderberries
- 1.5 cups of Billington’s molasses sugar
- 6 cloves
- 4 star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 30g ginger (or large thumb size) peeled and sliced
Add all the ingredients with 1 cup of water (you can leave out the water if you would prefer a thick syrup) to a saucepan.
Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on for half an hour, allowing all the spices to infuse.
Push through a fine sieve and decant to sterilised jars.
Take one teaspoon a day as a preventative measure and more if necessary.