Before we explain the recipe itself, a few words about this interesting plant.
Elder is a shrub or a small tree that grows in abandoned gardens or at the edges of meadows and forests. For many centuries there existed myth in pagan cultures about the tree of life and death. In the past people believed that elderberry could protect them against evil forces and witches. It was also believed that protects against fire and lightning. Therefore Elder was treated with respect and it was located almost in every house.
The fruits of the elder tree have also other admittedly interesting benefits. One of them is elderberry cordial.
Elderberries are relatively unknown and not very often used for culinary purposes. When fall comes, these bunches of small purplish-black ripe fruits are ready to collect. Is recommended to cook them before using to destroy toxins. Elderberries have a plenty of health advantages too. They improve vision, lower cholesterol, boost immune system – just to name a few. The fruit contains vitamin C, B, and flavonoids, essential oils which are also found in flowers.
For therapeutic and cooking purposes we collect both the flowers, leaves and fruits. The flowers are often used for delicious and well known elderflower cordial very popular soft drink, especially among children. With little effort we could prepare another very tasty drink from the fruits. The elderberries are ideal for homemade cordial. This nutritious dark coloured soft drink is a perfect immune system booster wit a lot of other health benefits. Thanks to this simple elderberry cordial recipe, you can easily make this lovely soft drink at home.
So let’s start to make our cordial.
1 l water
20g citric acid
Wash elderberries and using fork remove the elderberries from the stalks into a bowl. Place the elderberries in a saucepan and let simmer for minutes and then add sugar, cloves. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Strain the mixture through a muslin or straining bag – squeezing to make sure you get all the juice out. Simmer for 20 minutes and add citric acid. Pour immediately into sterilized bottles using a sterilized funnel. Store in the fridge. Shake before use.