Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup and ingredients


Elderberry Syrup

This simple, immune-boosting elixir can help prevent you from catching a cold, the flu, and other harmful viruses throughout the season. And if those germs do take hold, adding elderberry syrup might speed up your recovery.
While you can find ready-made elderberry syrup, this simple version can save you quite a few pennies. Extra pocket pocket change AND healthier days...that's what I call a win!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Keyword: Elderberry, Food is medicine, Immune health


  • 3 cups filtered water
  • ¾ cup dried elderberries
  • 2 Tbls fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup honey (preferably local)


  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir gently to incorporate.
  • Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until liquid has reduced by half, about 45 minutes. Vent lid slightly if needed to allow extra steam to escape.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool until the liquid is safe to handle.
  • Mash berries with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
  • Pour mixture through a fine colander or cheesecloth set over a bowl, pressing on the solids to release as much of the liquid as you can.
  • Discard the elderberry and other solids.
  • While liquid is still warm but not hot, add 1 cup honey and stir gently to incorporate.
  • Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator, and take 1-2 teaspoons daily for maintenance and up to 1 tablespoon every 3-4 hours during illness (½ these recommendations for children).


If you don't think you'll use the syrup within 2-3 weeks, pour tablespoon-sized servings into ice cube trays and freeze. Use as needed in smoothies, added to water, or enjoy as a little frozen immunity treat!
I use Frontier Organic Dried Elderberries
This recipe and the recommendations within are not intended as personal medical advice. Statements do not claim to cure, prevent, diagnose, or treat any nutrition-related disease or health condition. Always consult your qualified healthcare professional before changing your diet or medications or with any specific questions you have regarding your health condition.

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