Sunday strolls and elderberry syrup

autumn

Sunday morning we woke up, and it was one of those beautiful Autumn mornings. Crisp, cool and sunny. We had a quick breakfast and decided to take an early morning stroll, along to the park and to collect some elderberries. I like to make up a batch of elderberry syrup around about now, to see us through the winter months. Elderberries are known to have immune-boosting compounds, and are a great flu-preventative. A little taken every day can help stave off those winter bugs, and if you do succumb to one, a slightly bigger dose for a few days will help you beat it faster.

baya basket

We had a lovely hour or so in the park, Vega loves being outdoors, and had great fun playing on the swings and roudabout! We collected a basket full of elderberries {far more than I needed for syrup, so we have a batch of elderberry gin brewing too!} as well as some pretty autumnal leaves and a handful of pinecones.

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elderberries

Elderberry syrup is easy to make, and far more cost effective than buying it ready-made.

Y O U ‘ L L N E E D:
1 cup elderberries
1 cup honey {I use an organic one}
3 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp grated ginger root

T O M A K E:
Put the elderberries, water, ginger and cinnamon in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for around 45 mins, until the water has reduced by around half. Strain the liquid off into a glass jug, discarding the elderberries and ginger pieces. Stir in the honey and pour the syrup into sterilised jam jars.Screw the lids tight so they seal, and your syrup should keep all winter long. Once opened, store the jar in the fridge.

The usual dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kiddos and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If tyou do get the a cold/the flu, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until you feel better!

elderberry syrup

I made a little video of our morning, if you feel like taking a peep!

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4 Comments

  1. Becky Brown
    September 30, 2015 / 13:48

    I made my first batch of elderberry syrup this year and it does seem to be pretty good at getting rid of colds. I love the idea of elderberry gin! I’m off to pick sloes soon for sloe gin so might see if there are any elderberries still around.

  2. October 1, 2015 / 11:00

    I’ve only ever had elderberry gin (Oh I miss gin!!) but I love the sounds of this and the fact that it has immune boosting properties! x

  3. October 1, 2015 / 14:55

    Ahh you’re so good! I am worried about foraging for food because I always worry that I’ll pick the wrong thing ;) I’d happily sip elderberry gin for its immune boosting properties though! xx

  4. October 2, 2015 / 21:45

    I’ve never tried this but sound delicious! Look at your three girls and baby together*cuties* x

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