What to gather for your potion:
- Fav non-reactive pot with lid
- Wooden spoon
- Bottle for bottling
- A large fine mesh sieve
- Spatula (to get every last bit)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup hawthorn berries (dried or fresh)
- 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods
- 1 orange sliced (with rind)
- 2 whole clove buds
- 1 ½ cups honey (or another liquid sweetener) more or less to taste
Add all of the herbs into the water, cover with lid and bring to a simmer for a good 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool down until it just warm.
At this point, you can either strain out the herbs, or, if you’re after a stronger brew, add the mixture to a blender (my personal preference). After the herbs have liquified in the blender, strain out the solids through a fine sieve OR a sieve lined with cheesecloth.
Take the remaining tea and add equal parts honey. Note if you are not using honey: other sweeteners have varying levels of sweetness, so taste test for what suits you.
Bottle up your sweet brew. This herbal syrup will keep in the fridge for a good month. You can add a little splash of brandy or vodka to extend the shelf life another month.
For the Cosmic Commune (M)Cocktail:
Cold: To enliven and refresh
Add a generous dash of your herbal syrup to a glass, then fill with chilled seltzer. Stir. Add a fresh slice of orange, and the teenyist pinch of clove powder for garnish.
Warm: To nourish and soothe
Warm up a little apple cider with a splash of water and add a tablespoon of Hawthorn syrup. The sweetness of this brew will depend on your taste, you can play with adding more or less water, or more or less syrup. Not a cider person? Whisk in a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to a cup of milk of choice and warm, then add your Hawthorn syrup.