Elderberry Tonic – Autumn Foraging

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Elderberry Tonic

Elderberry Tonic

The autumn equinox is a time for gathering and preparing for the winter, and what better way is there than making some super healthy elderberry tonic to ward off winter colds and flu?

It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. Drink it neat in shot glasses, or hot with warm water added or cold in fizzy water.
Elderberries are high in vitamin C, and elderberry tonic is a staple in our house. 
More info about the health benefits can be found here, – Health benefits of elderberries – but rather than buy commercial elderberry tonic, why not make your own with our simple recipe?


Elderberry Tonic Recipe:
Collect a bag of ripe elderberries, and then once home, wash and pop off the stalks with a fork, into a saucepan.
Add water until just covered.
Add a cinnamon stick, good chunk root ginger, chopped, and some cloves & star anise.
Bring to the boil & simmer for 20 mins.
Strain through muslin, or a clean tea towel inside a colander. Squeeze all the juice out.
Add a good dollop of honey to taste and bottle into clean containers.
I freeze some in plastic bottles for the depths of winter and keep a bottle in the fridge door for daily slurps.

Cheers! Keep Healthy and Stay Safe 🙂


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