Elderberry Syrup

food-as-medicine immune health recipes Nov 16, 2019
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 change AND healthier days...that's what I call a win!

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Cooling time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins


  • 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)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir gently to incorporate.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool until the liquid is safe to handle.
  4. Mash berries with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
  5. 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.
  6. Discard the elderberry and other solids.
  7. While the liquid is still warm but not hot, add 1 cup honey and stir gently to incorporate.
  8. 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 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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