Elderberry Syrup

By Julie Daniluk
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When it comes to clearing up a sore throat, cough, cold, bronchitis or any other issue that affects your respiratory system, honey-sweetened elderberry syrup might be your best choice. Elderberry contains bioflavonoids like anthocyanins that can soothe inflammation. This syrup also acts as an expectorant to clear out phlegm. Elderberries are anti-viral and have been used to fight colds and flus for centuries. You must cook elderberries, so avoid tasting until you finished your syrup making. If you are unsure if the variety of elderberries your using is edible, consult your local herbalist/foraging expert before consuming. This recipe also works for mulberries if you have them on hand. Make sure the cookware you're using is glass or stainless steel and your clothes are stain-friendly.



  • 1/2 cup dried or 1 cup fresh elderberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)


  1. Add water, elderberries and ginger/cinnamon (if using) to a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. This should take around 45 minutes.
  3. Strain to remove berries. Allow liquid to cool to room temperature, then stir in honey.
  4. Transfer syrup to a jar and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Makes about two cups. Last six months in the refrigerator.


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