Can Elderberry syrup be made into a tincture?

I made an big batch of elderberry syrup this weekend and was wondering if it's too late to make it a tincture. An acquaintance who is an herbalist recommended that it be used at the first sign of illness instead of as a preventive measure. I made extra so that my family could take it daily. I was told a batch only is good for about 3 weeks-month. I keep mine refrigerated but wondered if I could make it last longer by making it a tincture. If so, how do I determine how much alcohol to use? Thank you in advance for your help.

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  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,640 admin

    @cantoblues Welcome to the forum!

    Have you checked out the Front Porch Welcome? https://community.thegrownetwork.com/categories/our-front-porch-welcome%21-%28please-read-before-posting%29

    There are categories to introduce yourself as well.

    When I make my elderberry syrup, I add brandy to it. Extends the shelf life quite a bit and is good for patient compliance. If I had a cup of juice and a cup of honey, I would add 1 cup of brandy. You could add any alcohol but I like the flavour of brandy for this. I will take this as a preventative measure if I think I might have been exposed rather than waiting for the first sign of illness. I don't see anything wrong with having a shot in the evenings like a cordial, regardless of whether or not you have been exposed to anything. Its delicious as a food medicine. Without the brandy it is nice on ice cream or pancakes (or maybe with). :)

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,518 admin

    Welcome @cantoblues! I have had my syrup (without any alcohol) last refrigerated from October until April. Maybe it depends on the recipe?

    We only used it as a first sign type of thing. I have considered making a tincture as it is supposed to be good, but just haven't done it yet.

  • cantoblues
    cantoblues Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    Thank you @torey! I have some brandy at home so that would be easy enough to do. I will probably just end up trying that with the next batch. I appreciate the help.

    Thank you @LaurieLovesLearning! That's good to know. Last winter's batch lasted quite awhile so I'm hoping this one will too.

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    cantoblues Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I popped by the front porch to introduce myself but I couldn't figure out how to comment. LOL. (shrug)

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  • I made a tincture with elderberries about two years ago. It is my back-up emergency use item. I made a glycerite of elderberry that I use daily but even that has some alcohol added.

  • Acequiamadre
    Acequiamadre Posts: 269 ✭✭✭

    @torey I have not added brandy to my tincture. But now with "patient compliance" in mind I am going to mix up a batch. I am not the biggest fan of honey--can I lower the amount without impacting the storage?

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,640 admin

    @Acequiamadre If you lower the honey content it will reduce the storage time. But if you are adding brandy, that will act as a preservative and you can lower the amount of honey.

  • spanthegulf
    spanthegulf Posts: 81 ✭✭✭

    I haven't yet grown enough berries to make my own juice, but I find that the commercial product I purchase -- which has no added sugars or preservatives -- keeps very well refrigerated. I would think your homemade juice should as well. I did make a decocted tincture of elder leaf this year. The leaves are stronger than the berries or flowers, hence the need to take extra measures in preparing them. I used vodka... because I tend to like brandy a bit too much! LOL I use it at the first sign of stress or illness, and for a few days at least. I deal with several autoimmune issues, so I'm particularly attentive to early warning signals. I have elder juice as well, but I have to say this elder leaf tincture has saved my bacon a couple of times already this fall!