Date: 31 Mar 2023, Entry id: 1680269463-1
Grow your own... drink and medicine
In the summertime, Elderberry bushes transform into small, bushy trees adorned with sizable umbels of white flowers. As late summer approaches, the tree produces an abundance of dark purple berry clusters. Elderberry is known for its ability to withstand cold weather and can thrive in a variety of soils in either full or partial sun. While it typically grows to a height of 10 feet, its spreading can be managed through pruning.
This dense shrub is beloved by nesting birds, who are not the only creatures that appreciate its fruit. People also prize Elderberry for its delicious uses in winemaking, cocktails, and jellies. Elderberry syrup or cordial can be used to create flavorful fruity drinks and cocktails, like the Elderberry Kir Royale. Alternatively, the berries can be left to infuse their flavor into spirits, with Elderberry gin being a particularly delightful option.
When it comes to combating various strains of the flu virus, Elderberry Cordial ranks among the top natural remedies. Whether sipped in small servings or drizzled over a delectable dessert, Elderberry Cordial is a guilt-free way to fortify your immune system against colds and flus.
2 cups of fresh elderberries
16 oz water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 lemon (rind + juice)
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 stick cinnamon, crushed
1¼ cups dried elderberries
1/4 cup dried rosehips
About 3 cups brandy
Honey, to taste
Add all ingredients in a jar and cover with a lid. Set aside in a cool, dark place for 3-4 weeks. When ready to decant, strain and squeeze through cheesecloth. For every 1 cup of liquid retained, add 1/2 cup honey. Mix thoroughly. Pour the cordial into a decorative bottle for storage, or gift giving.
5 oz white wine, sparkling wine or champagne
2 oz Elderberry cordial
Mint leaves (optional)
Pour the Champagne in a flute glass. Add the Elderberry Cordial slowly.