This syrup is a really excellent tonic, a teaspoon a day keeps colds and sniffles at arms length, and when taken whilst you have a cold helps to beat it off a bit faster, it also soothes the throat and tastes yum! Bursting with vitamin C it also makes a healthy ice cream topping, add a teaspoon (or 2) to hot water to make a tea or even add it to vodka to make a long refreshing boozy drink (ssshh! lol). If you need a stronger remedy for your coughs, colds and flu, please check out my natural flu remedy recipe.
- 1.5 kg rosehips
- 0.5 kg hawthorn berries
- 3 litres of water
- 400g dark brown sugar (or depending on taste, 200g dark brown sugar and 200g caster sugar, use less if you find this too sweet)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or nutmeg, use as much or as little as you like, to your own taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves (or 3 whole clove heads and then remove from syrup when straining)
- In a large saucepan or stew pot, bring to the boil 2 (out of the 3) litres of water.
- Wash the rosehips thoroughly and then chop as fine as you can get them.
- Wash hawthorn berries, and gently squeeze them so you pop the large pip out then discard the pips.
- Add the rosehips and hawthorn berries to the boiling water, bring the water back to the boil and boil for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes of rapid boiling, take the pan off the heat and allow rosehips and hawthorn berries to steep in the water for 30 minutes.
- When the rosehips and hawthorn berries have finishing steeping, drain off the liquid from the rosehips (make sure you save this liquid!) using a fine sieve or jelly bag.
- Add the rosehips and hawthorn berries (now pulp) back to the big pan and cover in the last 1 litre or water. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5.
- Now add the 2 litres of liquid you had previously saved to the 1 litre of liquid you have just used, add the sugar, cinnamon and cloves and warm through until sugar is fully dissolved.
- Simmer the syrup for 10 minutes and then allow to cool.
- Pour into sterilised bottles or jars. The syrup can also be frozen by allowing to cool completely and then pouring into freezer safe boxes/tubs.