Elderberry Syrup (the absolute best cold and flu remedy)
2 cups water
½ cup dried elderberries*
1 cinnamon stick
1 knob of ginger, peeled (about a 1-inch piece)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 cup honey (exchange with agave for vegan recipe)
1. Combine the water, elderberries and spices in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the syrup reduces by about half.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Set aside.
4. Fill a bottle with the honey. Using a sieve placed over a funnel, strain the syrup into the honey (or agave if using vegan recipe). Use a spoon to press against the berries, extracting as much of their juice as possible. Discard or compost the solids.
5. Place a lid on the bottle. Shake vigorously to fully combine the syrup with the honey.
6. Label the bottle and place it in the refrigerator. Use within several months.
* The dose for adults is 1–2 teaspoons daily and a ½ teaspoon for children. Do not give to infants under the age of one due to the minor threat of botulism exposure.
My headcanon is that Elder’s people don’t actually know what a marriage is so Amy tries her best to explain to them, but since they’re atheists they don’t quite get it yet they’re very hyped with the idea of a party so they sew these pretty clothes for them and then it becomes a tradition to make the couple matching outfits on their big day and everyone is happy ヽ(･∀･)ﾉ