A labelled bottle of homemade elderberry syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup: A Delicious and Natural Homemade Recipe

Elderberry syrup is a delicious, healthy way to preserve fresh elderberries that you grow. Learn how to make your own syrup with these simple steps.

I planted two elderberry bushes in an unused area of my garden. And in the first year I harvested a small amount of elderberries.

measuring cup half full of fresh elderberries

I’m mainly growing them for medicinal purposes as elderberries can relieve cold and flu symptoms. They also have other health benefits.

You can make a lot with elderberries including jam, wine and syrup.

I made elderberry syrup with my small harvest and with my daughter’s help also filmed it.

The recipe is easy:

  • 1 cup elderberries with all stalks removed and washed
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Heat up to a boil and then turn to low and simmer for 1-2 hours. Mash the berries once they become soft.

Let cool, filter through cheesecloth or a jelly bag and fill into a glass bottle. Add equal parts of honey (or less if you prefer it less sweet). Shake well and store in the refrigerator.

We’ve been using it all winter for boosting our immune systems when we’ve had a cold. It’s so delicious!

bottle of freshly made elderberry syrup

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