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How to make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn one of the easiest ways to take care of your family during cold and flu season. With a few simple ingredients, you can make an old proven natural remedy- homemade elderberry syrup.


  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp clove powder


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, elderberries and all spices. 
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover to let simmer for 45 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Pour through a strainer into a bowl or glass jar.
  5. Discard the elderberries and let cool until liquid is fully lukewarm.
  6. Add honey to mixture and stir well.
  7. Pour into jar and seal to refrigerate.


  • DO NOT eat the raw elderberries due to the potential of cyanide poison.
  • Make sure the mixture is fully cooled down before pouring honey in so the properties remain beneficial.
  • Do not give honey to an infant under a year old due to the risk of botulism. Instead, use maple syrup or omit altogether.
  • Raw local honey is best for all the great medicinal properties but store bought honey is just as safe and fine to use with this recipe. 
  • Store in refrigerator up to 2-3 months or freeze into ice tray cubes.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: How to Make
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Natural Remedy

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