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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

elderberry syrup recipe

Use this homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe to boost your families immune system and keep them healthy all year round.

elderberry syrup recipe

I’ve been making and using homemade elderberry syrup as a preventative measure to keep my family healthy for 4 years now. It’s drastically changed the amount of illness we have had in our family (along with good nutrition) and it’s drastically helped decrease the length and severity of illness when we do get sick.

Before we get started with the recipe, let’s answer some of the most common questions I get asked about Elderberry Syrup.

Why Is Elderberry Syrup Good For You?

Elderberries are rich in antioxidants and are believed to help boost your immune system, fight off colds and can even help with the flu. While I always suggest doing your own research and talking with your doctor or a health care professional you trust, we have found elderberry syrup to be beneficial for our whole family.

Can You Take Elderberry Syrup Daily?

In the winter months we can and do take elderberry syrup daily. In the summer months we still take it, but typically only a few times per week. For my kids, I just add it into their morning smoothies because it does have a very strong taste, but mixes in well. For myself, I just take it straight, like a shot.

How Much Elderberry Syrup Should I Take Daily?

While there is no standard dosage for elderberry syrup, this is what I have found works for us and what I follow. I give my kids 1 tsp each day and for myself/adults we take 1 tbsp per day.

How Do I Take Elderberry Syrup When Sick?

Again, there is no standard dosage for elderberry syrup, but when someone in my house gets sick I give the same serving as we typically take daily (1 tsp for kids and 1 tbsp for adults), but I increase the amount of times I give it each day to 3-4 doses until we are better.

How Long Does Homemade Elderberry Syrup Last?

Homemade Elderberry Syrup is best kept in a glass jar and stored in the refrigerator. While it can last for up to 6 months in the fridge, it is unlikely that you would need to store it that long if you are only making 1 batch at a time (which I recommend) and taking in daily to boost your immune system.

How To Make Elderberry Syrup

This recipe is very simple to make with only a handful of ingredients. The most important ingredient is dried elderberries which I prefer to buy in bulk off of Amazon. A 1 pound bag makes between 6-8 batches so making homemade syrup is by far cheaper than buying it pre-bottled at the store.

elderberry syrup

  • Once boiling, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and place a strainer on top of a glass dish to drain the berries, saving the syrup.

elderberry syrup

  • Discard berries (don’t eat them) and let syrup cool.
  • Once cooled, mix in honey and then pour syrup into glass jar.

elderberry syrup recipe

  • Store in fridge and shake well before serving each day!

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Use this homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe to boost your families immune system and keep them healthy all year round. 
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger root
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey


  1. Bring water, ginger root, cinnamon and cloves to a boil. 

    Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. 

    Drain berries, saving syrup. Discard berries and let syrup cool. 

    Add honey and mix well. 

    Store syrup in a glass container in the fridge. 

    Mix well before serving each day. 

    Serve 1 tsp/day to kids and 1 tbsp/day to adults for preventative health. 

    Increase dosage to 3-4 serving/day when sick. 

elderberry syrup recipe


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