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Have you been thinking about trying your hand at making elderberry syrup?  Then this will be a great recipe to help you through your first attempt!  I tried a few other recipes and I was so frustrated with the instructions, my hope is that this recipe will make it all clear and help you get it right the first time!  Enjoy!

DIY Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries have been used through the ages to help people who are sick and need a boost.  Elderberry tonic, wine, and syrup have their place in history . . . and in our cupboards.  Use the recipe below to help you and your family build up their immunity and fight off any unwelcome visitors!

Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours


  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1.5 cups organic elderberries
  • 2 teaspoons dried ginger (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or you can add in a cinnamon stick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey (local raw organic is best; organic is next best)


  1. Fill pot with 4 cups of filtered water and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Note: Do NOT add raw honey at this point.

  2. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.  The liquid will reduce by half.  Note:  Do NOT cover.

  3. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.

  4. Pour the elderberry juice through a colander or strainer into a bowl.

  5. Save the elderberries!*

  6. Let the liquid cool almost completely to keep the raw honey from being heated.

  7. Mix the honey into the elderberry juice stirring until fully combined.

  8. Pour the mixture into mason jars or glass bottles.

  9. Store your DIY Elderberry Syrup in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Adults can take one teaspoon daily for wellness and children 1/2 to a teaspoon. Increase dose to 2-3 times a day if ill.

Sources for Ingredients

I buy a lot of my ingredients from Vitacost, but I can provide you with Amazon links to the brands that I use. Thank you for supporting my blog!

Organic Elderberries
Organic Honey
Organic Ginger
Organic Cinnamon
Organic Cloves

*Elderberry Tea

I told you to save those elderberries, right? Well, that's because those elderberries aren't finished sharing their wealth! Follow the link below to find out how to make --> Elderberry Tea.


Thank you for checking out this recipe and if you love it let me know!  I always love hearing back from my blog followers.  Also, be sure to check out the other recipes that I have on my site.  These pages are filled with nourishing foods for your family.

Brooke Shambley
THE Boholistic Mom

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