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Homemade DIY Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup

Elderberry syrup is a staple in our home. Elderberry syrup is a natural cough syrup for those old enough to consume honey. Elderberry helps fight against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation. It can help with mucus, sore throats and colds. Elderberry syrup contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. Just search for elderberry syrup on the internet and you will find loads of great articles about the amazing benefits of this tasty syrup.

Making it yourself is not only super easy, but the ingredients are better than store bought. Store bought elderberry syrup usually contains junk I wouldn’t want to give to my family, like fructose, flavorings, etc. Homemade is cheaper and you get the benefits of the honey as well as the elderberries.

You will need: I buy organic when possible

Elderberries simmering on stove

Place elderberries, water and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

With a spoon, mash the elderberries to release remaining juice. Do this a couple of times throughout the simmering. Some of the liquid will evaporate during the simmering, which is what you want to happen. After 30 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes or until the liquid has cooled some, but slightly warm.

Place strainer over mixing bowl filled with 1 cup honey
Place strainer over mixing bowl filled with 1 cup honey.

Fill the mixing bowl (or bowl/ jar of choice) with 1 cup of honey. I like to use my mixing bowl so I don’t have to dirty a separate measuring cup and the strainer fits nicely on the top.

Place a mesh strainer over the bowl and pour in the contents of the saucepan once the elderberry juice has cooled down but is still slightly warm.

Remove the strainer and stir together the honey and elderberry liquid until combined. Store in a lidded glass jar. Elderberry syrup should last for 3-5 months if stored in the fridge.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a natural cough syrup for those old enough to consume honey. Elderberry helps fight against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation. It can help with mucus, sore throats and colds. Elderberry syrup contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C.

  • 1/2 cup Dried Elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup local raw honey
  • 5 cloves (or 1/8 tsp ground clove)
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (or cinnamon stick)
  1. Place elderberries, water and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

  2. With a spoon, mash the elderberries to release remaining juice. Do this a couple of times throughout the simmering. Some of the liquid will evaporate during the simmering, which is what you want to happen.

  3. After 30 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes or until the liquid has cooled some, but slightly warm.

  4. Fill an 8 cup glass measuring bowl, medium sized bowl or large glass jar with 1 cup of honey. Place a mesh strainer over the bowl and pour in the contents of the saucepan.

  5. Remove the strainer and stir together the honey and elderberry liquid until combined.

  6. Store in a lidded glass jar. Elderberry syrup should last for 3-5 months if stored in the fridge.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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