Then yesterday and today – elderberries, from the garden of a friend in New Norfolk.
They are a breeze to pick, and simple to remove from their stalks with the tines of a fork.
The rich, dark liquid was strained off (after brief simmering) last evening. Today it was completed with the addition of some sugar and a little cider vinegar.
I reduced the amount of sugar i the recipe, so needed to waterbath the filled bottles to ensure that the syrup keeps well.
All done now. We have almost two dozen bottles of this lovely, healthy drink to enjoy over winter.
It’s delicious now on hot days of course, one part syrup to four to five parts iced water. However in cold weather, substituting hot water for the cold, it’s a wonderful, warming drink.
Very happy to be able to access elderberries this year – it’s been a long time since I last had any to work and play with.