Homemade Elderberry Syrup

We use natural immunity boosters during the cold winter months because the flu runs rampant and we figure any extra layer of protection is a good one! We started with Elderberry syrup in January to beef up our immunity (as well as vitamin C!) and because I REALLY didn’t want any one to get sick before our Bermuda trip…  It seemed to work so we have kept up with our daily dose during this crazy pandemic. But, those little bottles of syrup are pricey! One lovely reader told me I could make my own… game changer! I bought these Elderberries from Amazon and went to work! It is as easy as boiling water and stirring in some honey and vinegar at the end! I should note that the vinegar can be optional if that’s not your thing, but really apple cider vinegar is good for you! 

You can read a little about the benefits of Elderberry here


Homemade Elderberry Syrup

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2/3 Cup whole dried Elderberry 
  • 3 Cups water
  • 2 to 3 Thick slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 Cup honey (local if you can find it!) 
  • 1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Add water, ginger slices and dried Elderberries to a pot. Turn on stove to medium high heat and bring mixture to a boil. BERRIES
  2. Reduce heat slightly and simmer, stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced by half. This should take 45 minutes to an hour. 
  3. Line a mesh strainer with a cheese clothing, thin dish towel or a paper towel (like I did!) and place over a large bowl or pot.
  4. Pour hot liquid into the strainer slowly.  Discard elderberries and ginger. BERRIES AFTER
  5. Pour the honey into the hot Elderberry liquid. Then add apple cider vinegar mixing well to combine. A whisk is helpful here! HONEY
  6. Allow to cool slightly and then pour into clean glass jar and or honey bear container (if you used it up!) and refrigerate for up to 3 months. A funnel is useful here!


Per the instructions on the back of store purchased Elderberry Syrup:  1 tsp daily for kids and 1 tbsp daily for adults. If sick, take the above dose every 2-3 hours as needed.
It should also be noted this syrup is also EXCELLENT in a mixed drink… tequila, vodka or gin mixed with seltzer! My kids also love taking their daily dose of this in their seltzer water!
elderberry drink

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