Since the dawn of civilization, people have used herbs to soothe headaches, pains, sore throats, and a variety of other ailments. As time passed, many of those herbs were developed into the very same medicines that we use today. For instance, did you know that Aspirin was derived from the bark of the white willow tree? How about the fact that methyl salicylate, the main ingredient for many sore muscle liniments (such as Ben Gay), comes from the wintergreen shrub (which also happens to help give our Root Beer Cocktail and Soda Syrup its distinctive flavor)? Even simple ginger has been clinically proven to greatly reduce motion sickness and nausea. And today, millions of people worldwide swear by elderberries to help ward off symptoms of the cold and flu.
Enter Hearth and Pantry’s latest addition to its line of quality canned goods: Herbal Syrups.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Aren’t those bottles and not cans? Well, to be fair, our canned goods are in jars, so let’s just go with it.
When crafting our Herbal Syrups, we start with the very highest quality ingredients that we can find from our trusted and proven suppliers. We then create what’s called a “decoction”. That’s basically a fancy way to say that we create a concentrate by reducing the liquid by evaporation. If the word seems familiar, then keep in mind that it’s related to “concoction” which is just another word for a mixture of different substances.
By first extracting the essence of the herbs and then concentrating it by evaporation, we create a high quality, delicious, and concentrated version of the herbal extract which we then blend with pure cane sugar, honey, and lemon juice to make the finished syrup.
All of our herbal syrups have ties to traditional medicine and home remedies, but we don’t make anything that isn’t delicious as well! So try our Hearth and Pantry Herbal Syrups in your morning smoothie, your afternoon tea, your evening cocktail, or stirred into your favorite seltzer for a powerful kick of flavor!
Elderberry Purple Smoothie
1 ripe banana (there should be some – but not too many – brown spots)
1/2 cup low fat milk or milk substitute
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1-2 tablespoons Hearth and Pantry Elderberry Syrup
Place all ingredients together into a blender. Pulse a few times to combine and break up the frozen berries and banana. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!