This week I've made a fabulous, spicy, elderberry cordial that can be added to hot water for a spicy warming winter drink or taken by the spoonful to prevent colds and flu as it is so full of vitamin C and antioxidents.
It's a bit like a grown up Ribeana with loads of cinnamon, clove, ginger and lemon. It's absolutely delicious and as elderberries are so readily available I thoroughly recommend giving it a try.
Pick about a saucepan full of elderberries, remove the stalks and wash throughly. Cover berries in pan with water to about an inch over the berries. Pour in 200g of caster sugar, add 5 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, a thumb sized piece of ginger roughly chopped and bring slowly to the boil.
Continue boiling for 5-10 minutes until reduced by half then strain through a sieve. Squeeze in the juice of 2 lemons and pour into sterilised bottles. This will keep until next year but once opened store in the fridge.
Elderberries can also be used in apple pies or added into blackberry jam for extra depth.