How to make Blackthorn Elixir

The non-alcoholic way to use Sloes!
Why not make your own Blackthorn or Sloe Elixir?!! I had a lovely day off last week and went for a walk to pick some sloes. It was a beautiful day – 18 degrees!!
 
I discovered the amazing benefits of Blackthorn Elixir when I started working with Weleda products 2 years ago – I found it invaluable for overcoming exhausting days in the run up to Christmas – it is a real tonic. 
The berries of the blackthorn are rich in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that cause ageing. They are also packed with vitamin C, which is crucial in stimulating collagen, giving you younger-looking skin with fewer wrinkles.

Plus, research by the University of Salford found that sloes are also antibacterial, so every glug of the sweet liquor is effectively disinfecting your gut.

 Last year I decided that as I found it so useful I would have to make my own otherwise it would cost me a small fortune as I wanted to drink it so often – and now the rest of the family are in on it!

 
So I recommend that if you have time in the next couple of weeks you get out and pick yourself some sloes, but if you don’t have time to pick loads you could also just pick a smaller quantity and make Sloe Gin for Christmas gifts instead.
 
If you really don’t have time, or would like to try it out before you put the effort in then you can order Blackthorn Elixir on my Weleda Webshop:
https://www.weleda-advisor.co.uk/shop/rachaelleffman/product/203004/Blackthorn+Elixir+200ml
 
My recipe is as follows:
 
1 Kilo Sloes
1 Litre water
1 lemon
800g sugar – per litre of liquid
or 400g honey per litre of liquid
 
Pick the sloes and put them in the freezer overnight if there hasn’t been a hard frost – this means that you can make the sloe elixir at your convenience and the freezing means the sloes will break down.
 
Cover the sloes with water (1 litre per kilo) and bring to the boil.
 
Simmer for 5 minutes
 
Mash the sloe mixture with a potato masher to help get the fruit off the stones.
 
Simmer for a further 10 minutes
 
pour through a sieve (use a muslin if you want it to be really clear)
 
Add the honey or sugar and stir until it is dissolved – also add the lemon juice and some cinnamon sticks if you have any.
 
Simmer for a further 10 minutes and then pour through a funnel into sterilised bottles.
 
To make a drink you can take the syrup by the tablespoon or add it to boiled water as a hot drink – Enjoy!!xxx

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