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Homemade elderberry syrup recipe

Elderberry syrup is easy to make, delicious, and so good for you! It does need to simmer for a while and cool down for a couple of hours, so pick a time when you aren't rushed to make some yummy homemade elderberry syrup.

Keyword dairy free, fruit, gluten free, healthy, natural remedy, organic, paleo, sugar free, syrup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 cup raw honey


  1. Combine water and elderberries in a pot over medium-high heat, stirring regularly. Turn heat down to a simmer once it comes to a boil. Do not cover.

  2. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring regularly. Remove from heat after the liquid has reduced by half, which should take 30-45 minutes.

  3. Let cool to room temperature or just slightly warmer.

  4. Pour elderberry juice into a bowl with a flour sack over it, squeezing out all the liquid. Mix in honey.

  5. Store your elderberry syrup in a glass jar in the fridge, and use within 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

  • Try adding cinnamon, cloves, ginger, or other spices to create an even more flavorful syrup!
  • For young children, substitute vegetable glycerin for honey.