08 November, 2018

Cordial Killing by Vikki Walton - Book Promo, Elderberry Cordial Recipe and GiveAway!




Marie’s Elderberry Cordial Recipe

Items Needed
·         Quart canning jar with lid
·         Funnel (large mouth)
·         Wooden spoon
·         Label or masking tape
·         Sharpie
·         Cheesecloth (optional)
·         Strainer (optional)
·         Decorative Bottle (optional)

Ingredients
Amounts needed
Comments
Elderberries
1.25 cup dried or 2 cups fresh
For fresh, remove from stems.
Brandy
3 cups
Can also use other alcohol but brandy is most commonly used.
Honey
¼ to ½ cup (or to taste)
Vegans or those who don’t have access to good local raw honey can substitute maple syrup. Acquiring local honey will provide your cordial with its own unique flavor.
Optional


Cinnamon stick
One
Flavor along with Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory properties
Rosehips
¼ cup
Extra Vitamin C
Ginger
1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
Flavor along with Antioxidants


Instructions
·         Place elderberries (and any optional ingredients, if using) into quart jar.
·         Cover with brandy.
·         Add honey.
·         Stir with wooden spoon or put lid on and shake.
·         Place in dark, cool space (usually a cabinet will do) for three to four weeks.
·         If desired, strain with cheesecloth and using a strainer, put into a decorative bottle.
·         Or you can leave ingredients in jar.
·         In winter take 1-2 tbsp daily for immune-boosting. If ill, take 3-4 tbsp (basically a shot glass) a few times a day until symptoms improve. This cordial can also be used as a base for poor-tasting tinctures such as osha.
·         Can last for a year with fresh berries and longer if made with dried berries—if you have it that long!


Notes
Elderberry is a wonderful plant to have in your yard or on your property. It has many medicinal benefits and uses. The elderberry plant most commonly associated with immune-boosting and flu-fighting properties is the dark berry plant (Elderberry Sambucus Nigra). Elder flower is also used in elixirs, teas and food.  Elder was the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year in 2013. It’s usually harvested in September.

This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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