The children have had a little change of season sniffles and I am starting volunteer work in our local craft co-op this week so I made some blackcurrant syrup to dose them up so they're not sick on my first day, fingers crossed.
My black currants didn't yield much this year but this is what I do with the frozen stores. You can dilute and drink the concentrate hot or cold.
Here's the recipe and the changes I made to it if you want a natural dose of vitamin C that the kids will drink:
Cover 3lb of black currants with water, bring to the boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes til soft. Strain through a muslin cloth squeezing out all the goodness. ( Feed the solids leftover to the worm farm)
Put back into the pot and add:
1 cup of raw sugar and 1 cup of my brother's lovely native bush honey.
1 1/2 cups local organic cider vinegar. (The vinegar and sugar act as the preservers I understand)
Boil for 10 mins, then bottle into sterilised jars.
I keep the jars in the cupboard and once opened in the fridge, be sensible and check the seals are good and with no evidence of spoilage before we use.
Before use dilute to taste.
So obviously you guys don't have access to my local ( very cleaver and sustainable) brother's lovely honey and you may be use to modern sweetened drinks. The original recipe said 8 cups of SUGAR! No way do I give that to my kids so the one I do is quite vinegary. They still drink it happily, though the red head age 3 1/2 says "this tastes like dish water"
Teen, Skatey and Pj drink it happily.
Give it go, I'll publish some other syrups I use as well. Click comments to let me know how you get on.