Elderberry Syrup is simple to make and tastes so good! Naturally high in immune-boosting compounds, elderberries help to strengthen the respiratory system and shorten the duration of colds and the flu. Whip up a batch and keep your family’s immunity strong and healthy throughout the cold season!

Elderberry Syrup is a tried and true remedy for immune support; it boosts resilience and shortens the duration of colds and flu.

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Elderberry Syrup is a tried and true remedy for general immune support and promoting resilience during times when our body’s systems are particularly stressed.  Famous for their ability to shorten the duration of colds and flu, elderberries have been extensively studied and clinical trials have shown significant evidence of their healing properties.

Elderberry syrup works best if you take it at the first tale tell signs of a cold. As the cold and flu season approaches, it is great to have a batch in the fridge for when you first feel those watery eyes, itchy throat, or a drippy nose. We also like to keep some dried elderberries on hand just in case we need to make more asap! Whips up in just about 30 minutes. Our kids LOVE it. It also makes a great gift!

Elderberries have a tart, tangy delicious berry flavor. A little honey helps the syrup go down super easy (sugar or maple works to keep it vegan)! Small doses of Elderberry Syrup taken many times throughout the day will support your symptom best, rather than one or two large doses a day.

The elder tree is a true medicine chest by itself.

Leaves, bark, flowers and berries all have medicinal qualities. Recorded use of this potent medicine goes back over 1000 years.

One folkloric belief was that it would bring ill fate if an elder shrub was cut down, as it was highly revered as an important source of food, medicine and material for tools.

Dried elderberries shown in a blue and white ceramic bowl with apple cider vinegar , honey and fresh ginger in the back ground.

ingredients in Elderberry syrup

  • Dried Elderberries packed with antioxidants and nutrients that boost your immune system.
  • Water- filtered or spring water.
  • Fresh Ginger (or dried) – ginger is a powerful medicine with amazing effects on the respiratory system. Note- if you tend to run hot and dry you may want to leave this out of the formula. Ginger is best for cold damp symptoms.
  • Black Pepper- once know as black gold with good reason! Black pepper helps increase the bioavailability of nutrients consumed with it. In other words, including even just a little black pepper in the recipe enhances the absorption of nutrients from the elderberries!
  • Cloves- full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
  • Raw Honey  highly nutritious and has potent germ-fighting and antibacterial qualities.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar– boosts immunity, soothes dry throats, and improves digestive issues. Vinegar extracts the medicinal constituents, like minerals, from plants and inhibits the growth of dangerous microbes.

How to make Elderberry syrup

In a white ceramic pot, sliced ginger, dried elderberries, cloves and pepper corns.

step one

Place elderberries, ginger, cloves, pepper and water in a sauce pan.

Simmering elderberries with water and ginger.

step two

Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes, covered.

Straining elderberry juice through a cheese cloth.

step three

Let cool and strain the liquid through a colander lined with a fine cheesecloth.

Squeezing juice of elderberries out of cheese cloth and into a mesh strainer.

step four

Gather up the cheesecloth and squeeze out all the juice from the cooked berry mixture. Add vinegar and honey. Taste the syrup and add more honey to taste.

What to do with the leftover berry pulp? Add elderberry discard to flavor water kefir or freeze in portions and use for tea.

Cooked elderberries are perfectly safe and edible. A word of caution: Raw elderberries and the seeds of elderberries contain a toxic substance that can induce nausea and vomiting. Stick to just the juice!

Elderberry Syrup Benefits

  • High in Vitamin C
  • High in antioxidants
  • High in Anthocyanin – a natural anti-inflammatory compound
  • Reduces cold and flu symptoms
  • Shortens cold and flu duration
  • Supports immune system

Elderberry faq’s

What does elderberry syrup do for you?

Builds immunity and shortens the duration of cold and flu.

When should I take elderberry syrup?

At the very first onset of symptoms. Small doses of Elderberry Syrup taken many times throughout the day will support your symptom best, rather than one or two large doses a day.

What are the side effects of elderberries?

The juice from the cooked elderberries is perfectly safe. The raw berries contain a toxin that can induce nausea and vomiting. Some people also react to the elderberry seeds.

Can I use fresh elderberries?

Yes if you are lucky to harvest or get ahold of fresh or frozen elderberries they will work great! Just double the amount of the dried berries.

How long will Elderberry Syrup last?

About 3 months refrigerated.

Is Elderberry Syrup safe for kids?

Elderberries, yes. Though honey is not recommended for babies under one, you can substitute with maple syrup, or sugar.

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Elderberry Syrup is a tried and true remedy for immune support; it boosts resilience and shortens the duration of colds and flu.

These simple ways to create healthy remedies to care for ourselves and loved ones can be so empowering! And what a gift, both to others and ourselves. Hope you enjoy creating and sharing this Elderberry Syrup!

~Tonia

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Elderberry Syrup is a tried and true remedy for immune support; it boosts resilience and shortens the duration of colds and flu.

Elderberry Syrup

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: DIY
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Elderberry Syrup is simple to make and tastes so good! Naturally high in immune boosting compounds, elderberries help to strengthen the respiratory system and shorten the duration of colds and the flu. Whip up a batch and keep your family’s immunity strong and healthy throughout the cold season!


Ingredients

Units Scale

Base Recipe

  • 1 cup (15 grams) dried elderberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ground or 6 whole peppercorns
  • 3 cloves, whole or 1/4 teaspoon ground (optional)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/21 cup raw honey (adjust to taste)

Instructions

  1. Place elderberries, ginger, cloves, pepper and water in a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
  2. Let cool.  Strain through a cheese cloth squeezing out all the juice.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar and honey.  Bottle in glass with an air tight lid.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Notes

Elderberry syrup works best if you take it at the first tale tell signs of a cold. As the cold and flu season approaches, it is great to have a batch in the fridge for when you first feel those watery eyes, itchy throat, or a drippy nose.

You can freeze the syrup.  Try in ice cube trays for easy portioning.

Cooked elderberries are perfectly safe and edible. A word of caution: Raw elderberries and the seeds of elderberries contain a toxic substance that in some people, can induce nausea and vomiting. Stick to just the juice!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 27
  • Sugar: 5.8 g
  • Sodium: 1.9 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you….. I love this recipe, I love all your recipes for their ingenuity, accessibility, creativeness and down to earthness!! I have dozens of recipe books, but keep referring back to you. Thank you again – one happy lady in Cornwall, England

  2. I am so lucky to be able to harvest both blue and red elderberries each year here in Oregon! They freeze well! I make syrup with both. The red is also very good and has an almost citrus like flavor. We use both to top yogurt as well and the blue syrup to make an elderberry cream pie.

    1. Hi Maria! Try at a local health food grocery store in the bulk section or I just added a link to the recipe card.

  3. Hello, so excited to find this recipe on your site and to try it. just wondering about the difference with fresh or frozen berries? Thanks!

    1. Hi Vanessa, If you have frozen elderberries just use double the amount of the measurement for the dried. The dried are more readily available for purchase. I have not seen them available to buy frozen? But you can harvest your own and freeze or dry them! I hope I am understanding your question?

    1. Hi Anne 🙂 Many natural food markets carry dried elderberries, often found in the bulk section by the other herbs. You can also find them online!

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