Elderberry Syrup

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Ripe Elderberries
Cloves (optional, if you wish to use this as a cold cure)

Wash and drain berries. Use a fork to trip them from stems.
Put in a pan and cover with water. Simmer for 30 minutes until soft.
Strain through muslin or jelly bag.
Measure, and add 1lb sugar to every 1 pint of juice.
(If you wish to make this as a cough medicine, add 10 cloves to every 1 pint of juice).
Heat gently, stirring sugar until dissolved, and boil for 10 minutes.
Cool and freeze or pour into sterilised screw top bottles.
Delicious when stirred into natural yoghurt.
To use medicinally, add 2 tablespoons to a glass of water, and drink;
Elderberry syrup relieves a cough and helps to heal a cold.