1/2 c dried elderberries
2 c water
1/4 c raw honey
In a saucepan, combine the elderberries and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the water has been reduced by half.
Pour the berry liquid through a fine sieve to separate the skins and seeds. Using the back of a spoon, mash the skins in the sieve to extract all the berry goodness possible.
Cool the berry juice to just warm, then stir in the honey until dissolved into the syrup. I pour the syrup through a second clean sieve to catch any honey comb bits from the raw honey. Then store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
My niece makes elderberry syrup for her family, and if any of them get the first onset of a scratchy throat, she gives them 1 tsp syrup 4 times per day.
Earth Origins Supermarket carries organic dried elderberries in their bulk section. We also had a big bush of them growing in our home in Colorado, and they grow wild all over here in Florida. Here’s how to dry them yourself if you are fortunate enough to have access to an elderberry bush.