Elderberry cordial to help nurse a cold

The hint of a cold that has been lurking for the last few days developed on a crowded trainhome from London last night into a bit of a monster, and I have spent most of today in bed. A has been ministering to me bringing steaming mugs of elderberry cordial that I had the good sense to make at the end of the summer.

Elderberries are a famous country remedy for colds – and it seems to work because I’m feeling much better!

Elderberry Cordial

  • Elderberries, still on stalks
  • Sugar
  • Cloves

Pick the fruit on a dry day and simmer on the stalks in a large stainless steel saucepan, with just enough water to cover.
Strain through muslin squeezing to get all the juice.
To each pint of juice add 1 lb of natural granulated sugar and 3 cloves for each bottle
Boil for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool and bottle in sterile bottles with screw-on tops adding the three cloves to each.
The cordial can be used immediately, and will keep well for a year or two – the cloves help by acting as a preservative. Picture available from thePictureKitchen

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