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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

This easy homemade elderberry syrup recipe comes together quickly with simple and powerful ingredients. Keep this on hand all year long to help decrease cold and flu symptoms and keep your immune system strong!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Natural Remedy
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 24kcal


  • medium sauce pan
  • mesh strainer
  • Jar or bottle for storage


  • 4 cups water
  • 2/3 cups dried elderberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 tbsp orange juice or juice from one small orange
  • 1 tbsp dried whole cloves about 10 cloves
  • 1 tbsp orange zest or zest from one small orange
  • 1 inch ginger about 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup raw honey


  • Place water, elderberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange zest and juice, and ginger in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Let the mixture simmer for 45-60 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to about half.
  • Strain the ingredients out by pouring through a mesh strainer. Make sure to press down on the berries and squeeze out all the goodness you can!
  • Pour the honey into the liquid and stir to combine. Pour into an airtight bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.


This recipe makes about 2 cups of syrup or 32 tablespoon servings. 
For cold and flu: A typical serving for an adult is 1 tablespoon several times per day at the first signs of illness. For a child 1 tsp 3 times per day (always a good idea to check with your child's doctor!). 
For preventative daily intake: 1 tablespoon daily for adults and 1 tsp daily for children. 
DO NOT give to a child under ONE year of age. Consumption of honey in an infant can result in botulism intoxication. 
** All nutrition information is an estimate only. The nutrition information will vary depending on ingredients and amounts actually used in preparations.