I made a number of different syrups with my Elderberries, sometimes I make a simple syrup and then can it, sometimes I make Jelly and can it, and sometimes I make it with high proof Vodka to perserve it.. I also make a Elderberry Ginger Syrup that I use to make my own tea’s out of.
Here is the finished product from the pot, as you can see it has a natural ability to form a nice soft Jell on its own once its cold and set.
Today, I am making Elderberry Syrup with fresh local raw honey to go with fresh bread.. so I took out eight cups for frozen elderberries picked from the farm, (remember to clean your berries well) and then put them into a steel pot and a little decanted water and bring to a boil for 20 min till they are cooked and soften, then I mash them and let them cook another 10 min.
Then everyone recommends straining though cheese cloth, but I put it though my coffee press, works like a charm, and got about 2 full cups of juice, which I will simmer down to about a cup of Juice before I add the honey to simmer till natural thickened.
Then place in a clean hot jar and process if you are not going to use it within the next month or so, otherwise, into a clean jar an into the fridge for many different uses..
So good, its got its own flavor but I would say a mix between blueberry with hints of rasberry if I had to offer what it tastes like.. My local Chokeberry is like a grape/pear combo.
A few idea’s on how to use this syrup.
Hot Elderberry Tea
- 2 TBS of Syrup
- One cup boiling water
- 3 TSB Syrup
- Gingerale or sparkling Water
Can be used on Pancakes, or drizzled on fruit or cooked meat, or one bagel with cream cheese etc.
You can take 1/4 cup syrup, mix with ginger and tsp of red wine vinager to make a quick and tasty sweet/sour sauce, you can mix it with Vinager and drizzle on for a saled dressing.