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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup like my Grandma made. We drink it daily during the cold weather season. It is delicious!
Course: Syrup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: elderberries, elderberry, elderberry syrup recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 quart
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Sandy Clifton


  • 1 cup Dried Elderberries no stems, organic or non-irradiated
  • 4 cups Filtered Water
  • 1 -4 " Cinnamon Stick or more for taste
  • 1 -3 " Knob of Fresh Ginger chopped
  • 9 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2-1 cup Raw Honey or to taste
  • 1 Lemon juiced


  • In a medium sauce pan, add the dried elderberries, filtered water, cinnamon stick, chopped ginger, and the cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer partially covered for 30-45 minutes (reduce as much as you want by simmering longer, to make it a thicker syrup).
  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  • Strain into a glass bowl.
  • Add the honey and lemon juice to the room temperature syrup and whisk until fully dissolved (if you add raw honey to hot syrup, it will kill off the beneficial properties of the raw honey). Don't use honey if giving to babies under 2 yrs (check with your pediatrician).
  • Transfer to a glass quart sized jar or bottle with a lid.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.


This recipe is not intended to be medicinal or to be health advice, etc. I'm not a medical professional, and in no way am I intending to give any medical or health advice. Always do your research and check with your doctor if you have health questions.


Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 28kcal