This syrup is technically a cordial, or alcohol maceration. Take it by the spoonful, add it to club soda for a sparkling treat that boosts your immune system, or enjoy the sweet, spiced flavor in winter cocktails. This yields a very large batch, perfect for making wellness-inspired gifts.
- Stem & wash the elderberries.
- Cover with water and cook until very soft; strain berries out.
- Measure juice; for each quart add 2 cups sugar (or part maple syrup).
- Return the saucepan.
- Tie spices into a mesh bag and add to the sugar/juice mixture.
- Cook until thick.
- Cool, remove spices and measure again.
- Add 1 pint liquor for each quart of syrup.
- Bottle and cork tightly.
- Let sit in cool dark place for at least 3 weeks. Improves with age.