December 04, 2022 · Written by Foodtolive Team

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup has been used for centuries to promote good health. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, elderberry syrup is a herbal formula that supports your immune system during the cold and flu season. This recipe is made with just 6 ingredients and ready in less than an hour.

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 30 min | Total Time: 40 min | Servings: 12 ounces

Calories: 48 | Total Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 1g





  1. Combine elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a small saucepan. Put it over high heat and bring it to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer until the water reduces by half, which usually takes about 30 min.
  3. Strain the mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer. Use a spoon to press the berries and get all the juice out.


  1. Let the elderberry juice cool to room temperature; this helps preserve its nutrients. Then, whisk in the honey until it’s well blended.
  2. Pour the syrup into a sealed glass jar. When stored in the refrigerator, your homemade elderberry syrup should stay good for up to two weeks.
  3. Enjoy your elderberry syrup in various ways – add it to hot or cold drinks, smoothies, pour it over oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, mix it into salad or dressing, or simply take a spoonful!



  • Homemade elderberry syrup doesn’t become as thick as the store bought version because it uses less sugar and no preservatives or thickeners, so don’t be alarmed if the final syrup has more of a liquid consistency.

This recipe adapted from Detoxinista

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