A quick google search will return millions of results for elderberries with several health benefit studies. They are most commonly used as a natural remedy for mild colds and flu. I began using them because they contain high amounts of natural flavonoids. These are beneficial for fighting inflammation, and boosting the immune system. Flavonoids have been shown to have a wide range of biological and pharmacological activities anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-viral. I am always on a quest for anything natural with the potential to act as an antihistamine.
More importantly, they taste great! This is hands down my favorite fall flavor. Forget mulling spices, make a quick batch of elderberry elixir and the house will smell amazing, and there will be multiple uses for it. I store the elderberry elixir in glass containers, in the refrigerator, for up to two weeks. I use it to flavor sparking water, or jazz up any tea. It can be used on pancakes or in smoothies. We've blended it into vanilla ice cream for a delicious shake. It can be used to make popsicles or as a base for gummies or hard candy. I personally like it straight, especially on cold mornings. Most sources recommend taking ½ tsp - 1 tsp for kids and ½ - 1 tablespoon for adults.
2/3 cup dried elderberries
3 cups water
2 tbsp fresh raw grated ginger
1 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp whole cloves
1 cup raw manuka honey
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for an hour
Remove from heat and let cool
Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil (do not skip this step)
Pour through a strainer or nut milk bag, into glass container
Discard the elderberries
When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well
When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or smaller glass containers with sealing lids.
Instapot version: add all ingredients to pot, except honey. Seal lid, manual high pressure 9 minutes. Vent pressure, allow to cool to lukewarm, strain into glass container, and stir in honey.
The consistency is closer to juice than syrup. The all natural store elderberry syrup is generally thickened with glycerin.