Elderberry Syrup

Well, cold and flu season is about to start and the daughter child came home yesterday with the sniffles. 
It's time to make some elderberry syrup. Also known as Sambucus - for the mucous, (a little nutritionist humour.).... 

 
"Elderberries are a rich source of vitamin c. In folklore, the elder tree is thought to ward off evil and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit." 
 
Funny, I was just thinking to myself as I was pulling the berries, what a witchesbrew ! 
 
Elderberry Syrup
 
1 cup elderberries, de-stemmed
2 cups water
1 cup raw honey
 
Optional:  You can add cinnamon sticks, ginger root, cloves etc to enhance the immune supporting factors and the flavour
 
Simmer the elderberries and water for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Crush the elderberries as they simmer to release the juice.
When ready to pour into a glass jar, pour through a sieve and push the juice out with the back of a spoon.
Add the honey at this point, put on the lid and shake well.
Store in the refridgerator.
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