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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Boost you immune system, fight colds and viruses, and stay healthy with this easy-to-make homemade elderberry syrup recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Straining & Bottling Time10 mins
Course: Natural Medicine Beverage
Keyword: Elderberry Syrup
Servings: 40 ounces


  • 4 cups dried organic elderberries OR 8 cups of fresh elderberries
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated raw ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon OR 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp cloves ground or whole
  • 8 cups water OR only 1 cup, if you're using fresh elderberries
  • 16-24 ounces honey


  • Add 8 cups of water and 4 cups of dried elderberries (or 8 cups fresh berries and 1 cup water) to a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat.
  • Once simmering, add cinnamon, clove, and grated ginger and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Once reduced by half the original volume, allow the elderberry mixture to cool slightly.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth perched over a bowl, strain the mixture, using a spoon (and hands) to press the berries to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Add the extracted elderberry juice back into the saucepan with the called-for honey, using a whisk to thoroughly combine. If needed, created a warm water bath to lightly heat and soften honey, but avoid microwaving or boiling honey!
  • Optional: Add a splash (up to half a cup) of your liquor of choice, as an extra preservative.
  • Pour the elderberry syrup into jars or bottles, and refrigerate. Without liquor, it should stay fresh for about 12 weeks. It is safe to use until mold develops!