September 26, 2012

Elder Rob

This a great cordial, served hot it banishes winter sniffles and prevents ‘Man Flu’.   Rose thinks so anyway!!


Elderberry Rob/Cordial

A lovely, warming, winter drink – gives you vitamins A, B and lots of vitamin C. Mix the cordial with hot water to help with coughs, colds and flu.

  • 2lb Elderberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • Half a tsp of Allspice
  • Half a tsp of Ground Ginger
  • Ilb jar of local honey (The honey from bees local to where you live will help boost your immune system.)

Strip the Elderberries from their stalks and put them in a pan with the water. Simmer gently for 15 minutes then press the juice out through a sieve into a measuring jug. You will have about 1 pint of liquid. Return it to a clean pan and add the spices. Put some clean bottles and their lids on a baking tray in the oven at 120oC. This will sterilise them in the time it takes to finish the cordial. Now simmer the Elderberry juice for 10 minutes then take the pan off the heat and add the honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved and pour into your sterile bottles.

The name Elderberry Rob is an old fashioned name for cordial. Tradionally used as a winter tonic…when you’ve tried it you’ll know why

2 responses to “Elder Rob

  1. I was given a recipe for this 40 odd years ago from an old lady that lived in the village. I swoore by it for keeping my young childrdn healthy during the winter montgs but as time has gone by i had lost the recipe and no longer made it. Thank you for sharing this i will start making it again for my grandchildren. So now im the old lady making it ! Life is funny, how it goes in circles. ????

    1. Hi Carol
      That is wonderful! I can’t tell you how pleased we are.
      We drink Elder Rob at the the barest hint of a snivvle and it seems to always put us right.

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