Elderberry Syrup Recipe (Cold And Flu Remedy)

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This elderberry syrup recipe is so easy to prepare with simple ingredients, fresh elderberries, simmered with ginger and cinnamon and sweetened with maple syrup. Homemade elderberry syrup is a must try.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe (Cold And Flu Remedy)

Elderberry syrup recipe is so easy to prepare with simple ingredients, fresh elderberries, simmered with ginger and cinnamon and sweetened with maple syrup. Homemade elderberry syrup is a must-try.

For years I have been wanting to make my own elderberry syrup, I have planted elderberry plants twice but ended up relocating before we could harvest them. My friend Monique gave me my first plant in Virginia before we knew it my husband got a job offer to manage a campground in Ohio.

We dug up our plant and brought it with us to Ohio where it flourished and then about 2 years later my husband got an offer to manage the campground here in Florida. We took it here with us but we kept it in a huge wooden barrel ever since.

Elderberries for making elderberry syrup on a wooden cutting board with stems and leaves

On a recent trip to the gym, last Wednesday, my daughter and I decided to stop at the local farmer’s market, a friend who so happens to be visiting the market started talking to me by text when I mentioned to her that I was heading to the market. She said she was actually already there, I asked her what goodies she had bought, the first thing she mentioned was elderberries. 

I told her to tell the seller to hold some for me until I got there, I was so excited to finally get to make elderberry syrup, mind you, I have always bought storebought elderberry syrup for my kids but I knew that it couldn’t compare to fresh elderberry syrup recipe.

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What is Elderberry?

Elderberry is from the variety of Sambucus tree, a flowering plant belonging to the Adoxaceae family. There are more than 30 types of elder trees around the world, the most common variety is called Sambucus Nigra or black elderberry, a European native plant. 

Black elder tree grows up to 30 feet, has small black or navy blue tart berries growing into clusters. The ripe cooked berries are edible, however, the uncooked berries and other parts of the plant (stems, twigs, roots, flowers, leaves) contain a toxic compound called cyanidin glycosides. 

Elderberries in a white bowl for making elderberry syrup recipe

Where To Buy Elderberry?

You can purchase fresh elderberries at nurseries and farmers’ markets. Dried elderberries can be purchased from Amazon or from health food stores. If you don’t have berries you can purchase premade Elderberry Gummies And Elderberry Syrup online. 

Elderberry Benefits

Elderberries have been used for centuries to treat the common cold and flu, elderberries contain antioxidants such as polyphenols in particular anthocyanins and vitamins that are known to boost the immune system.

  1. Study Of The Efficacy And Safety Of Oral Elderberry Extract (1)
  2. Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration And Symptoms In Air Travellers. (2)
  3. Elderberry Extract Prevents Oxidative Stress On Cells (3)

One cup of elderberries contains 106 calories, great source carbohydrate, fiber, Read more

  1. Vitamin A – 870 IU
  2. Potassium – 406 mg
  3. Calcium – 55 mg
  4. Vitamin C – 52.2 mg
  5. Vitamin B6 – 0.3 mg
  6. Folate 8.7 mcg

How To Make Elderberry Syrup?

  1. Remove elderberries from the stems and leaves, discard stems, leaves.
  2. Rinse elderberries using a fine mesh strainer and place it into a saucepan, add water, ginger and a stick of cinnamon.
  3. Heat saucepan over medium-high, bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Allow the elderberry mix to cool. Strain elderberry liquid into a container, press the berries to get all the remaining juice out.
  5. Add lemon juice and sweetener (maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar). Mix well to combine. 
  6. Store your elderberry syrup in a closed container and store in the refrigerator. 

How To Use Elderberry Syrup?

Adults take 1 tablespoon daily and children take 1 teaspoon daily. 

How Long Can Elderberry Syrup Last?

Elderberry can last up to six months refrigerated once it is cooked properly and  stored in a container with a tight-fitting lid

Elderberry syrup recipe in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board with a stem of elderberry on a concrete background

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Nutrition

Energy:
32 kcal / 134 kJ
Carbs:
0 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
45 min
Ready in:
55 min
For:
32 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Remove elderberries from the stems and leaves, discard stems, leaves.
  2. Rinse elderberries using a fine mesh strainer and place into a saucepan, add water, ginger and a stick of cinnamon.
  3. Heat saucepan over medium-high, bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Allow elderberry mix to cool. Strain elderberry liquid into a container, press the berries to get all the remaining juice out.
  5. Add lemon juice and sweetener (maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar). Mix well to combine. 
  6. Store your elderberry syrup in a closed container and store in the refrigerator. 

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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5 Comments
  1. Angela Reimer
    January 18, 2020

    So delicious! My only question is this: I tried to make sure I got all the tiny stems out of my batch – I bought dried, organic berries – but there may have been a couple stragglers. I cooked it all for at least an hour so will I be fine as far as avoiding poisoning goes? I know the stems have a potential for high cyanide. Thanks!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 19, 2020

      Angela, I’m happy you enjoyed it. the stems do contain some level of toxic cyanide, so avoid the stems. Boiling your berries should take care of any potential cyanide issue. Symptoms would be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

  2. Rachel
    July 18, 2019

    I’m happy I found your recipe, I got some elderberries from our local market so I’m going to give it a try!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 18, 2019

      That’s wonderful Rachel, I hope you enjoy it.

    • Sheri
      January 4, 2020

      What does the lemon juice do for the syrup? Most recipes I’ve seen don’t include it. Thank you.