Elderberry Syrup Basic Recipe

Recipe for delicious elderberry syrup. Can be used for immune support.


Elderberry Syrup Basic Recipe

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Cuisine American, Herbal
Keyword immune support
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 243 1 tsp servings
Cost $15 per batch


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Non-reactive pot with lid
  • wooden spoon to stir


  • 2 cups dried elderberries
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup raw honey (do NOT give to children under 1 year of age!)


  • Combine water, and berries in a non-reactive pot. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steep 1 hour.
  • Strain berries using a large bowl overlaid with doubled cheesecloth or undyed nutmilkbag and squeeze out liquid (careful, the liquid will likely still be hot!). Discard used berries in compost.
  • Once the liquid has cooled to just above room temperature, add honey.
  • Stir well to incorporate.
  • Decant into sterilized glass bottles.


DO NOT give honey to children under 1 year of age. Raw honey can be fatal for children 12 months of age or younger.
Caution: Unripe elderberries are poisonous. We recommend using dried berries because of this. Dried elderberries are readily available from online vendors all year round.
This recipe makes approximately 1.25 quarts of syrup or approximately 243 teaspoons. 1 teaspoon is 1 serving.

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