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Elderberry & Chilli Manflu Syrup!



Phil has had manflu recently meaning he has to stay in bed watching Red Dwarf and Blackadder with me waiting on him with hot chocolate drinks throughout the day.  (in his dreams!)

Anyhow, this is a great little recipe for a cold remedy. The chilli is a great bonus as it leaves an additional "warming" sensation.  It works an absolute treat in our opinion.


Ingredients : elderberries

  • 1kg Elderberries**
  • 500g Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Cloves
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 4 Fresh chilli pods (Mild)
  • 600ml water
  • 200ml Honey  (optional)
The honey is optional. I prefer it with but Phil isn't a fan

To make

1) De-stem and wash the elderberries and add to a preserving pan with the chopped chilli pods. Mild/medium pods are best. We've made it with Jalapenos and Ring of Fire pods. We wouldnt recommend going any hotter. 
2) Add the water
3) Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until the fruit is soft. Use a stainless steel pan as it is likely to stain aluminium pans.
4) Tip the mixture into a jelly bag and strain the puree into a pan. Discard any seeds.
5) Add the sugar, juice of one lemon, ginger, cloves and honey and then bring to the boil.
6) Simmer until the sugar has dissolved and then leave to cool.
7) Tip the mixture through a sieve (or jelly bag) into a measuring jug.   
8) Pour into sterilized dark bottles and seal.

If kept in the fridge, it will last for a good few months.

Aswell as a brilliant cough/cold mixture, this also works well drizzled over icecream!

Elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for the treatment of colds / flu. This recipe just adds a chilli twist!

Making your own syrup with fresh elderberries is far nicer than conventional medicines which are synthetically made and can have lots of horrible side effects.

** Fresh elderberries are better but you can use dried.