The Healthy Summer Drink Everyone Forgets To Try: Elderflower Syrup
Updated: May 22
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Many people are unfamiliar with elderflowers. If you're wondering, "what does elderflower look like?" Here it is:
If you are familiar with elderberries, the small black berries which are commonly used to make elderberry syrup, then you most likely know elderflowers - the flowers of the elder tree! The small, fragrant and aromatic white flowers are used to make natural remedies and delicious syrups, including the elderflower syrup - perfect for hot summer days when it's combined with lemon or lime.
Try ready-made elderflower syrup!
Health benefits of elderflowers: elderflowers/berries are rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C. They are also rich in minerals - calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Elderberries and elderflowers are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce swelling and even joint pain. The elderflowers are used to treat common illnesses and ailments such as sinusitis, coughs, colds, flu symptoms, bronchitis, and even laryngitis. The plant is even believed to aid in the treatment of diabetes, because it lowers blood sugar levels.
Here's an organic elderflower syrup for boosting your immune system. This is more of a healthy drink rather than a dessert-type syrup. But let's learn to make our own syrup from fresh flowers.
Elderflower syrup - the perfect summer drink (non-alcoholic)
Making elderberry syrup is not very difficult. There are some great, easy to follow recipes for preparing this drink.
Here is a simple elderflower syrup recipe for 2. You will need the following:
- approximately 50 elderflowers
- 4 lemons or limes
- 2 kg or 4.4 lbs of sugar
- 2 liters of water
First, you will wash the flowers carefully, making sure there are no insects or impurities in the flowers. Next, boil 5 liters of water with the sugar until the sugar has completely melted. Next squeeze the lemon juice into the sugar water. When the mixture starts to cool, add your elderflowers carefully.
Cover your pot and place it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. After 3 to 4 days you must sift the mixture and place the syrup into glass jars or bottles.
* When serving, add water (still or sparkling) to dilute the syrup and add ice cubes for an extra summery beverage.
Here is a tutorial for elderflower syrup in video format.
If you want the perfect alcoholic beverage to enjoy on the patio, try this delicious elderflower cordial! Combine it with your favorite alcohol and make your own cocktails!