A cordial is a concentrated syrup-like liquid that is a convenient way of preserving fruit or even an herbal medicine and enjoying it diluted as a beverage. Originating from Europe in the late 15th Century, they were first used as medicinal preparations and often contained alcohol.
Elderberry cordial is made to capture the essence of the elderberry in anticipation of the upcoming winter to help our immune systems. Recently there has been much excitement in the scientific community about how berries, and especially elderberry, has a very positive effect on our gut microbiome.
The other spices are mostly for flavor and preservation, but the Ginger will help keep the colds away!
4 cups of fresh water
1 cup of Organic Whole Elderberries
½-1 tablespoon of Organic Ginger root c/s (optional)
3 Star Anise pieces (optional)
½ tablespoon of Organic Orange peel (optional)
½ cup of honey (preferably raw) or maple syrup
- Place water, Elderberries and spices in a pan and bring the water to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer for 45-55 minutes to reduce the water to one-quarter of the original volume.
- Strain the berries and spices and discard them.
- Once the Elderberry concentrate has cooled, add the honey and stir.
- Transfer to a glass jar and cover. Refrigerate and use within one month.
- Reconstitute ¼ cup of the cordial in a large glass of water. Water may be hot or cold. This cordial is also delicious in herbal tea or juice of choice.