Elderberry and elderflower cordial is a healthy winter tonic: elderberries, elderflowers, and fresh ginger imrpove the body’s defense mechanisms that combat seasonal colds and flu, anise seed help to clear the lungs, while ginger and cinnamon warm the body. Sugar helps to moisten the respiratory passages and relieves the dry cough often caused by central heating.
- 13⁄4oz (50g) fresh or dried elderflowers,
- 3⁄4 cup elderberries (if using dried, rehydrate in water first),
- 1 small cinnamon stick,
- 1 tsp anise seed,
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated,
- 2 cups sugar,
- juice of 1⁄2 lemon.
Makes 2 cups
- Put all the ingredients except the sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan, pour in 1 quart (1 liter) water, cover, and simmer over low heat for 25–30 minutes.
- Strain the liquid. Pour 2 cups of the liquid into a saucepan and add the sugar. Drink extra liquid as a tea.
- Stir frequently over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the lemon juice and simmer gently for about 10–15 minutes with the lid off. Then bring the mixture to a boil for 2–3 minutes and remove from the heat.
- Pour into a sterilized 1 pint (600ml) glass bottle while still hot, seal, and put in the fridge. Use within 3–4 weeks.
Note: Try adding a tablespoon of the cordial to a cup of cold or hot water, or drizzle on pancakes or breakfast cereals.