A great daily Winter tonic for both children (over 1 year of age due to honey content) and adults. Dosing is 2 teaspoons/day for adults and 1 teaspoon/day for children.
- Place the berries and flowers in a pot along with the 4 cups of water. Measure the depth with a chopstick or wooden spoon handle. This will help you know when you have simmered and reduced the infusion by half.
- Add the cinnamon pieces and ginger. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer until reduced by half (about an hour).
- Remove pot from heat after it is reduced; place a piece of cheesecloth in a strainer and place strainer in a large glass measuring cup.
- Pour contents of pot into strainer. Wait until it infusion is cool enough to handle, then carefully fold the ends of the cheesecloth together and squeeze herbs until liquid is no longer being released. Discard herbs. There should be about 2 cups of liquid. [At this point, you can add drops of Echinacea, Astragalus or other herbal extracts depending on whether you want an immune boost, help with digestion or warming energy.]
- Add brandy, honey and glycerin and stir well.
- Put into clean bottles and label. Will keep for about a year in the refrigerator or about 10 days at room temperature. If it turns, you will be able to smell it.
|Elderberries, dried||4 tble (1 oz)|
|Elderberry Flowers, dried||4 tble (1/4 oz)|
|Cinnamon pieces||1 tablespoon|
|Ginger root, grated||1 tablespoon|