It is that time of year when the “FLU SHOTS HERE!!!” signs greet you everywhere.

We have not gotten flu shots in years. Honestly, there is not no need to debate with me, I come from a country where you only give those compromised a preventative flu shot, not the entire population.

I do, however, prepare myself and my family for the season of flying flu germs.

My biggest ally is Elderberry syrup. It is so simple to make, makes the house smell divine,

Fresh ginger trick
It is easy to peel fresh ginger! Just rub the skin with the back of a spoon

and you can use it as syrup on your ice-cream or pancakes too!

 

I order my dry ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs, and am sharing their simple recipe with you straight from their website. 

You can get creative and add things. I always add cloves to mine. I tried garlic, but that ended up overtaking the syrup and tasted pretty bad.

Classic Elderberry Syrup

4 cups cold water

2 cups organic dried Elderberries

1 organic cinnamon stick

1 tsp fresh grated organic ginger root or organic dried ginger root

raw local honey (or organic agave syrup for a vegan recipe)

Directions:

Smash those berries!!
Smashing the berries before you strain releases lots of healthy goodness!

To make the syrup, combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Bottle in sterilized glass.

 

 

Enjoy and happy brewing!!

Heike