How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup (New & Improved Recipe!)

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This article is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult your doctor or naturopath before trying any home remedy. This remedy is not appropriate for kids under 1 year of age.

I first wrote about elderberry syrup in January of 2013. I was introduced to elderberry syrup by fellow green blogger and nurse, Alicia of The Soft Landing as a way to keep my family healthy during flu season.

Elderberry syrup helps keep you healthy because it is full of good-for-you stuff like bioflavanoids, antioxidants, vitamin C, beta carotine, calcium (the list goes on!). The bioflavanoids help prevent cold and flu viruses from infecting cells to keep you from getting sick in the first place. A study done in Norway concluded that people who took elderberry syrup during illness reported less severe symptoms and a shorter duration of illness than those who didn't.

While you can buy ready-made elderberry syrup (like this Organic Elderberry Syrup from Nature's Way), making your own is really easy and costs a lot less per ounce than buying pre-bottled stuff.

The original recipe I used (Alicia's) isn't bad - but the flavor is potent. While my son and husband loved it, honestly, I had to pour mine into a little cup and take it like a shot so i could get it over with. I was not a huge fan of the flavor. My new recipe will still do a good job protecting you from the winter ick but this one has a sweeter, milder flavor.


  • 2/3 cup dry elderberries (you can get organic or conventional elderberries online if your local natural foods store doesn't carry them)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 large or two small cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole clove buds
  • 1 cup raw honey (local honey is best if available)

  1. Place all ingrediets except honey in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 2 hours or until reduced by about half.
  3. Pour through a wire mesh sieve into a glass bowl. Press down on contents in sieve to press out any additional elderberry extract. 
  4. Allow to cool approximately 30 minutes, then stir in honey using a non-plastic spoon or whisk until completely dissolved.
  5. Pour into a bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Standard dosage for prevention: Kids*: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily // Adults: 1/2 to 1 tablespoon daily.
*Please note that because this contains honey, this should not be given to infants under 1 year old.

Standard dosage if sick: Take the normal dosage (above) every 2 to 3 hours until symptoms disappear.

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1 comment

  1. Thank you. This looks like a good syrup. My bro puts the berries in vodka n just leases them in there forever. I like the use of the other herbs with the berries.


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