Purchasing Ingredients: Shisandra berries can be purchased at a local health food store in the bulk spices and herbs section. You can also find them online at Mountain Rose Herbs, Frontier Coop, or Starwest Botanicals. All other ingredients can also be purchased at a local health store or any grocery store. Choose organic and local whenever possible.
3 1/2 cups water
2/3 cups shisandra berries
4 TBSP thiny sliced fresh ginger root
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 star anise (optional)1/2 cup honey
In a medium pot, add all ingredients except for honey to water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The liquid should reduce to about half. Remove from heat and let cool slightly (about 15 minutes). Pour through a mesh strainer into a glass or metal bowl. Use a spatula or spoon to squeeze the extra liquid out of the berries and through the strainer. Compost or discard the berry mixture. Whisk honey into the warm liquid until it is well combined. Finally, transfer to a 16-ounce jar or two 8-ounce jars -- one for you, one for a friend! Shisandra syrup makes a great gift.
I recommend using a spoon to peel the ginger, or at least the spots that are harder to get to with a peeler. A mandoline is also a great tool for slicing the ginger.
Shisandra syrup is great by the shot as a daily vitality boost! Also try adding to cocktails or other beverages, or add to oatmeal or over pancakes.
* Refrigerate final product!