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How to Make Grape Syrup with Herbs

Grapes are tasty and healthy, full of antioxidants and phytonutrients that promote longevity and wellness. In this blog from Herbal Academy of New England, Angela Justis offers a flexible recipe for a grape herbal syrup -- all you need is grapes, whatever herbs you have on hand, water, and honey or brandy. You can play around with it until you craft a unique concoction of herbs and grapes to your liking.

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients
4 cups of grapes, stems removed
1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of herbs – you may want to use more if you are including lots of fluffy herbs like calendula or red clover
Water
2 cups of honey or brandy
Directions
  • Wash and sort the grapes and place them in a big pot.
  • Add the herbs that you have chosen to the pot.
  • Cover the plant material with water. You will probably need 6 to 8 cups of water to do this.
  • Simmer the grapes and herbs for at least 1 hour.
  • Once all the plant material has softened take a potato masher or big spoon and smash up the plants to release the healthy goodness.
  • Simmer for another hour, add water if needed.
  • Strain out the plant material and place the liquid back in the pot
  • Add the honey or brandy or a combination of the two to liquid and gently heat until the honey just begins to melt.
  • Stir everything together until well incorporated.
  • Place the syrup in bottles and label. Include the date. Your syrup should last in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 months.
  • Use the syrup to make soda pop by combining with sparkling water, add to hot water for a quick cup of tea, or use it to top pastries. If you added brandy, enjoy small amounts as a healthful sipping beverage.

For tips on what herbs to use, head over to Angela's blog.