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Fresh Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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Discover the health benefits and simple recipe for making fresh elderberry syrup, a natural remedy known for its immune-boosting properties.

For years we bought elderberry syrup from health food stores. I never realized how easy it was to make it ourselves.


Are Elderberries Good for You?

Elderberries have been used in folk medicine for centuries and are considered a nutritional powerhouse. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and potassium, and are a good source of anthocyanins, quercetins, and flavanols.

These compounds contribute to elderberries’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may have health benefits

Is It Safe To Eat Raw Elderberries?

No, it’s not safe to eat raw elderberries because they contain a toxic substance that can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The leaves, stems, and seeds of elderberries contain a cyanogenic glycoside called sambunigrin, which can build up in the body and make you sick. Cooking the berries destroys the toxins in the seeds.

How Long Do You Need To Cook Elderberries?

You can cook elderberries by putting them in a pot with water and bringing them to a boil. Then reduce heat to a low boil and cook for 15–20 minutes or until they are tender and soft.

You can pass them through a food mill and discard the skins.

Elderberries can be eaten fresh but are often cooked with sugar to reduce their tartness. You can use them in many dishes, such as pies, jams, and wine.


What Do I Do With Elderberries?

We are just scratching the surface here with with some of the amazing uses for elderberries.

In addition to our fresh elderberry syrup recipe, we have some unique uses and additional recipes that we wanted to share with you.

Crafts With Elderberries


Elderberry Flower (Elderflower) Recipes


Elderberry Tinctures and Oxymel Recipes

Fresh Elderberry Syrup Recipe

I’ve made this recipe with both fresh and dried elderberries, whichever you prefer is just fine.


  • 3½ cups water
  • ⅔ cup dried (or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen)
  • 2 TBSP Dried Hibiscus Flowers
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Ginger (grated)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Citrus Powder or 1 TBSP Fresh Citrus Zest
  • 1 cup Raw Honey. (If you want to learn about raising honeybees, read beekeeping for beginners)


  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, citrus powder and cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil and then uncover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.
  4. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
  5. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  6. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
  7. When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
  8. Store in fridge 6-8 weeks. 

Elderberry Syrup Kits

Our homemade elderberry syrup is so popular, and in high-demand, I make these Elderberry Syrup Kits and sell them locally and give s gifts. People LOVE them!

See the picture in the beginning of the article. I call them Grannies Tonic. All they have to do is add their own local, raw honey and follow the instructions.

Additionally, when I make us a batch of elderberry syrup, I make some elderberry Honey Straws so we can take them on the go.


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