We started our small farm in the early 2000s, and by 2010 we had cleared enough land to start a new berry patch.
We bought and planted blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, beach plums, and elderberries! How awesome was that berry patch going to be???
Within a year or so, most of the plants died. Turns out, the berry patch area was quite wet underneath the top layer of soil. But..... all the elderberries lived and they thrived there. So, I turned to the question of WHAT TO DO with all the elderberries.
I knew elderberries from my Aunt. She made elderberry jelly for Christmas gifts. But that was the extent of my knowledge. I found a lot of new research on the internet about growing elderberries, harvesting them, and the health properties of the berry. It seemed like there was momentum behind this little dark purple ball of antioxidants and polyphenols.
My first batch of elderberry jam was a flop. The jam didn't set, and the seeds inside the berries made for, shall we say, a textured mouth full. But the unset part of the jam we ate, and I quickly noticed the health properties. This was something I could get excited about selling.
It turns out we're not allowed to tell you about elderberry's health properties, but that's okay because smart people do the research themselves. Turning to the next question ("how to make this taste great??"), we paired the juice of the berries with all kinds of sweeteners and flavors. We tried maple syrup, honey, pears, and more.
At the same time I was scouring the libraries for elderberry recipes in old cookbooks. Finally, in my very own collection, I found "Elderberry Apple Pie." We paired our pressed elderberries with apple syrup and the rest is history. The taste combination could not be beat. And we didn't need to add a single preservative. The two ingredients are perfect.
The very first batch of Elderberry Apple Shots in 2016 was called Elderberry Apple Syrup, but we changed that up because the FDA requires that "syrup" be a certain thickness. Our product isn't thick enough to be called a syrup. Bill came up with the idea to call it "Shots."
If you haven't tried our Elderberry Apple Shots, I encourage you to read our several thousand testimonials (unfortunately we cannot publish testimonials which mention a specific health outcome), and remember that you can return the product to us within 30 days if you are not satisfied.