Quick and Easy Elderflower Syrup Recipe
With all the elder trees currently blossoming in some parts of the USA, why not make your own elderflower syrup ?
Elderflower syrup is not only delicious, but also has many health benefits.
They have been historically used for protection against respiratory bugs.
Science today has also demostrated the immune-modulating effect of the flowers.
Elderflowers contain many flavonoids, particularly flavones and flavonols, known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Components like quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins, have also been shown to have antiviral properties.
Follow this simple recipe to make your own tasty elderflower syrup.
- 4 cups (1 liter) water
- 4 cups sugar
- Juice from 2 lemons
- 2 tablespoons of citric acid
- about 2 cups elderflowers (approx. 25-30 elderflower heads seperated from the stems)
- Rinse the flowers with some running cold water to get rid of any insects.
- Seperate the flowers from the stems into a large bowl.
- Boil the water and sugar in a large pot until fully dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and add the elderflowers, lemon juice and citric acid .
- Cover the pot with a clean cloth and let the mixture sit for 48 hours.
- Strain the mixture and bring the resulting liquid to a boil.
- Fill the hot syrup into bottles, seal them and let them cool.
Store in a cool place and serve by adding a few tablespoons of the syrup to a glass of water or other drink of your choice.