Classic Elderberry Syrup

High in vitamin C and packed with antioxidants, give your immune system a boost with this super simple to make, Classic Elderberry Syrup. It’s great over pancakes and ice cream too!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
– Benjamin Franklin 1736

Classic Elderberry Syrup

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From citrus to peppercorns, don’t be afraid to get creative and make this syrup your own.


  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries

  • 2 cups cold water

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 3 cloves

  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger root

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1/2 cup vodka or brandy (optional: to increase shelf life.)


  • Sort berries to remove any stems and leaves. Elderberry: What’s all the fuss about?
  • Combine berries, herbs and water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, let mixture steep 1 hour.
  • Strain in a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or in a cotton muslin bag. Gently squeeze out liquid. It may still be HOT! Discard used herbs.
  • Once liquid has cooled, add honey, if using vodka or brandy, add now and stir well.
  • Pour mixture into clean/sterilized glass jars.
  • Keep refrigerated.


  • Makes 12 – 16 ounces or 72 – 96 teaspoons
  • WARNING: Unripe or raw berries, seeds, stems, leaves, branches, and roots are poisonous to humans. They contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside. The fruit is a tiny berry, of which about 50% is seed. Ripe berries, juice, pulp and skin only, are safe to eat after proper processing. The heat of cooking destroys glycosides. For more info please read Elderberry: What’s all the fuss about?
  • For an infant or vegan friendly syrup, substitute maple syrup or agave for the honey.
  • To make a shelf stable syrup that can sit out at room temperature for a long time without spoiling, double the amount of honey and or add the alcohol.
  • Find our Instant Pot recipe here.



12 – 16 ounces<br>72 – 97 tsp.

Prep time

5 min

40 minutes

Dosage Recommendations via
The American Botanical Council | THE ABC CLINICAL GUIDE TO ELDER BERRY

For Intensive Use: 3 to 5 days at the first sign of flu symptoms.
Adults: 2 teaspoons 4 times/day
Children: 1 teaspoon 4 times/day

For daily maintenance:
Adults: 2 teaspoons/day
Children: 1 teaspoon/day

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