Day 6-31 Days of Halloween
Why hello again, welcome back! It's Day 6 and I have something a little different for you today. I've decided to share a Halloween recipe with you called Bottle of Blood. Technically, this recipe can be made any time during the fall when crab/wild apples are in season, but it's just so much more fun to theme it and gross people out.
Just in case you don't know this about me, I am a practicing herbalist and love experimenting with new herb-based concoctions! This is an herbal syrup recipe that I created because I have an overabundance of wild apples in my backyard right now. If you don't have access to any of these tart little nutrient powerhouses, you can sub a cranberry and regular apple mixture. Also, check out your local herb shops or go online to find good quality organic dried herbs. For the herbs I don't grow myself, my fave place to get them online is Mountain Rose Herbs.
Here's what you'll need:
1 1/2 C fresh small wild/crab apples (chop them if needed)
1/4 C dried hibiscus
1/4 C dried rose hips
2 TBSP dried elderberries
2 tsp dried lemongrass
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 C raw local honey
Place all of your ingredients except the honey into a small saucepan with a lid.
Add 1 C filtered water. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, them immediately drop your heat to low and cover. Simmer for about 12-15 minutes. Without removing the lid, remove from heat and let your mixture cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Then add your honey and stir until mixed thoroughly.
The final step is to pour your "blood" into a cool looking jar and add a label. Store it in the refrigerator. I didn't have the jar I wanted, so I just used a plain one, but I also know my syrup will be gone like tomorrow!
You can use your "blood" to pour over pancakes and waffles, add to ginger ale for a fun fizzy drink, or I like to pour it over bagels and cream cheese, as pictured at the top of this post. YUM!!!!!