How to make Elderberry Syrup


You won’t believe how easy it is to make this elderberry syrup recipe. I’ll teach you how to make elderberry syrup + how I like to use it.

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With cold + flu season upon us, we want to share how to make Elderberry Syrup. This simple recipe is a game changer for adults and children alike when battling against the common cold and flu. Whip up this syrup as a natural, yet effective, way to keep the family healthy all winter long. 

Elderberry Syrup Recipe Uses and Benefits

Black Elderberry is a centuries-old natural remedy for common illnesses. Loaded with nutrients, the berries provide a variety of health benefits. Scroll down to learn how to make Elderberry Syrup and start reaping its benefits too!

Elderberry Syrup Benefits

  • Packed with antioxidants. These can reduce the damage of oxidative stress, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and have great anti-inflammatory properties.
  • 870 mg of vitamin A
  • 406 mg of Potassium
  • 52.2 mg or 60% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
  • Fiber! 1 cup of Elderberries contain 7 grams of fiber, 25% of the daily recommended allowance.
  • Low in Carbohydrates. One cup contains 106 calories.

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Elderberry Syrup Uses

Elderberry plants are used in many different recipes, making this a well rounded natural addition to any diet! Common uses include:

  • Edible flowers and berries (when cooked/prepared properly)
  • Berries are juiced and used to treat the common cold/flu, as well as, various infections, dental pain, heart and nerve pain, and headaches. 
  • Cook down the berries to make syrups (keep reading on how to make Edlerberry Syrup below!), juices, or jams. These are both delicious and healthy.
  • Boil the flowers into a soothing tea, or use raw on top of a salad.

Ingredients to make elderberry syrup

Study in Daily Elderberry Consumption

The US National Library of Medicine cited a study done on travelers from Australia to other parts of the world. 312 passengers participated in this double-blind study, taking Elderberry extract before, during, and after their travel. The study evaluated its effects in preventing sickness, as well as combating cold/flu-like symptoms. 

Overall, passengers taking the elderberry syrup reported only 57 days with symptoms while traveling, while placebo passengers experienced 117 days with symptoms. While the Elderberry extract did not stop all passengers from getting sick, it clearly lessened their symptoms and shortened the duration of their illnesses versus the placebo group. 

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Kid-Friendly Elderberry Uses

Since starting our journey in natural remedies, my family has rarely gotten sick. We have been antibiotic-free for over 8 years! Which is kinda crazy considering the two years before that we were always at the pediatrician for some sorta sickness and put on antibiotics.

My kids have first hand knowledge on how to naturally take care of themselves, which makes my momma heart do the happy dance. Try the following Elderberry syrup recipes with your kids: they are fun to make and enjoy together!

Looking to help your family move away from medication and ‘sick season’? Check out our natural remedy guide. I can personal vouch for every one of these recipes. I make them in batches when my kids go back to school. The kids know what to take any time sick symptoms pop up, and we stay energized and healthy all year long. Break up with Tylenol, Zicam, Benadryl, and antibiotics. Help your body heal with whole foods, rest, and peace of mind.

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**If you’re new here: learn how to make elderberry syrup by following the recipe card below. Please consult with your physician before taking it in case you might have an allergy**

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How to make Elderberry Syrup

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This homemade elderberry syrup recipe uses elderberries to harness the healing power of plants. Simple and kid-friendly to make and take, this syrup will help keep you healthy and happy all winter long.


  • ½ cup dried elderberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon each: ground cinnamon, dried thyme, ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ cups raw honey
  • 23 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar (optional)


1. Place all of the ingredients except the honey and apple cider vinegar (if using), into a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use the back of a wooden spoon to smash the elderberries a bit as they soften.

2. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible.

3. Stir in honey and apple cider vinegar. Transfer to a quart jar with tight-fitting lid.

4. Store in refrigerator for up to several months. Adults, take 1 tablespoon daily. 


Please do not give to babies under 1 year old.

  • Category: Remedy
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Natural Remedy

Keywords: elderberry syrup recipe, homemade elderberry recipe

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. MIriam says:

    My granddaughter is 2 1/2 years old and has had a cold for over a week. Can she take this, is it safe @ this age?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Miriam! Poor little one! I’ve used elderberry with my daughters when they were that small. However, we def recommend checking with your pediatrician first because each body is different and we want the best for your granddaughter. Hope she feels better!

  2. Lolly Victor says:

    Jen, how would you alter this if using fresh (frozen) berries? I have a bunch in my freezer I need to use up!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Awesome question Lolly! So if using fresh or frozen (totally jealous of that freezer stash btw!), you would want to double the amount. The recipe called for 1/2 cup dried, so use 1 cup fresh or frozen. Also, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid. Try starting with 1 cup of water instead and add more if needed.

  3. Debbie Taylor says:

    I’m almost 70 yrs old. With covid and the flu season approaching I’m always looking for ways to boost my immune system. I have heard about elderberry syrup but never tried it. Thank you!

  4. Carli says:

    What could be used instead of honey I am vegan and don’t eat honey?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Carli, you can sub pure maple syrup for honey at a 1:1 ratio.

  5. Josh says:

    I’m definitely making this! Great idea! Can’t wait to try it out!

  6. Jamie L says:

    I am super stoked to try the elderberry syrup. What a fantastic way to help boost my immune system and to keep myself healthy during this winter season!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I couldn’t have said it better! Elderberries are AMAZING!!

  7. Dawn Shalick Hargrett says:

    Looking forward to making this recipe for my husband!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      It will help you both stay healthy this cold + flu season! 🙂

  8. Atlanta says:

    Recipe looks good, look forward to checking it out.

  9. Erin says:

    Tried this for the first time this year and it shortened the length of my cold by about a week! I am a total believer now.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Kale yeah! That is awesome to hear. Elderberries are truly amazing!!

  10. Dani Mitchell says:

    YES!!! I’m so glad to see this recipe today— the sicknesses are flying around. I have a neighbor who makes her own and I’ve wanted to try it too. It can get a little pricey buying it from the store, so making it at home sounds like the way to go. If anyone is looking for the elderberries, I just ordered mine on Mountain Rose Herbs:

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Elderberry syrup is a HUGE help when the sicknesses are flying around!

  11. Christina Quail says:

    It’s all about keeping the family healthy in the most natural way and you always help with that.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So true! We rely on all-natural remedies and listen to our bodies so we can bounce back even stronger. 🙂


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