Elderberry Shrub

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READY IN: 20mins
YIELD: 1 1/2 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash and dry the elderberries, place them in a pint-size jar or non-reactive bowl, and lightly crush using a fork or potato masher.
  • Add vinegar and stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, occasionally shaking the jar or stirring the contents of the bowl.
  • Give the mixture a good shake or stir and then strain using a fine-mesh strainer and/or cheesecloth.
  • Discard the solids.
  • Measure the liquid.
  • For every cup of liquid, use 1 cup of sugar.
  • Combine liquid and sugar in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Let cool; bottle, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks (the longer it steeps, the more mellow the flavor).
  • To serve, mix with sparking water. Start with 1 part shrub to 6 parts sparkling water and adjust to taste. The syrup may also be mixed with plain water or used in cocktails.
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