Despite the warm weather the elder tree knows it's definitely September. We're so lucky to live where we do as the hedgerows are laden with beautiful elderberries at this time of year.
I've been wanting to make elderberry winter tonic for years now, as I've often spent pounds on the shop brought stuff (thanks Neal's Yard). Whilst the shop brought stuff is brilliant, I'm so aware of how we can make our consumption more sustainable, so making it myself was definitely the order of the day.
I used this recipe to figure out the quantities of elderberries to honey and water and was thrilled by the liberal use of ginger and cloves.
In the next batch I think I'm going to add (when it's cool) some clove and ginger essential oil, but I'll have to have a good look at how to do this in the right quantities.
My syrup is more liquid than I'd planned but the flavour is great. Probably needed a touch more honey and a touch more cinnamon.
For the straining process, I used the brilliant Ask Charlie's method of using baby muslins to strain the liquid. They're so tightly woven that they give a perfectly smooth/clear liquid. It's the same method I used for the Elderflower Cordial I had earlier this year.
Let me know if you give it a go, I'd love to see how yours turns out.