Homemade Elderberry Syrup to Fight the Flu (or Just For Good Eating)

By Amanda Rose | Elderberry

Dec 23

Homemade elderberry syrup to fight the flu (or just for good eating) Follow Me on Pinterest If you have access to elderberries, fresh or dried, consider making your own elderberry syrup. Use the elderberry syrup in tea, baking, or eat it right off the spoon for some of its immune-boosting properties. (Read more about elderberry syrup and the flu here.) We are lucky enough to have local access to as many elderberries we could possibly ever process. We use the fresh berries to make syrup, but the process for fresh and dried berries is basically the same, you just add a bit more water if you are using dried berries.

Before the core elderberry syrup recipe, let me add a bit of advice after processing hundreds of pounds of these berries myself over the years. Making elderberry syrup from fresh berries is a lot of work and will even be more work than it needs to be depending on your approach. As I describe in the video above, these are some basic rules I use in processing the fresh elderberries that make the whole job a little less work:

  • Get very comfortable for the stage of “removing the berries from the stems.” Watch a long movie. Get ready to stain your work area and your hands. It’s OK. Go for it and relax.
  • I over-harvest so that I don’t have to fuss over picking each berry off the stem. Go fast and furiously through those stems removing your berries. Some will hang on and will be more fussy to remove. Forget about them and move on. Compost them on the stems. They are not worth your time. You over-harvested and will keep moving on.
  • After cleaning and then cooking the berries, when you reach the stage of separating out the skin and seeds, don’t worry about getting every last ounce of juice out of the mixture. Juice your berries and compost the rest. Remember that you over-harvested and have a bounty. You will work your arms off and drive yourself mad trying to squeeze more juice out of your mixture. Freeze or can your syrup and be satisfied with your bounty (and your purple hands).

This recipe makes about 3 cups of the syrup. If you are making large batches and canning them, you will want to consult with some canning-ready and tested recipes.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Ingredients

  • With fresh berries: 2 cups berries, 1/4 cup water
  • With dried berries: 1/2 cup berries, 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey (or more to taste)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh ginger

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Steps

  1. Combine berries, water, and spices in a pot.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain mixture through a strainer or sieve.
  5. Add honey and stir until the honey is dissolved.

Elderberry Syrup at FreshBitesDaily.com Follow Me on Pinterest Your syrup will keep in your refrigerator for a month or more. If you make it in large batches, consider freezing part of the syrup in smaller freezer containers for easy use.

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a powerful flu remedy but is also a very tasty syrup. Learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 cups fresh berries (or 1/2 cup dried berries)
  • 1/4 cup water (or 2 cups water with dried berries)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 stick cinnamon (optional)
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tbsp ginger, chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients (except for honey) in a pot.

  2. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer.

  3. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

  4. Strain the mixture through a sieve, separating out and discarding the seeds and skin.

  5. Add the honey until it's dissolved. Adjust for honey and sweetness as desired.

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Sarah Park

Wow! This looks healthy and delicious. My kids would surely love this.


I love Elderberries and the syrup recipe looks really great. This is healthy as well as delicious. Thanks for the share.


Hello! I actually love your article on the uses of elderberries, they’re very rich in fiber and antioxidants which are some of the most important ingredients to detoxify the body of free radicals and toxins.


Quite an interesting recipe you have here. I’ve been looking for a unique syrup recipe to incorporate in my breakfast and stumbled upon this. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some in the local market.


This is actually the first time I’ve heard of Elderberry. I guess it isn’t availble in the tropic, nevertheless you’ve got my tastebuds curious. Thank you for sharing this with us Amanda.

Susan C.

How much syrup do you take to keep your immunity up? And does that amount change if you are actively fighting an illness? Thanks for posting this! Looking forward to making some!