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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a natural way to help boost immunity and fight off the winter sniffles. A bottle of this makes a great holiday addition to a gift basket.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup | Winni Wanderer


· 1 cup (15 grams) dried elderberries

· 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)

· 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ground or 6 whole peppercorns

· 3 cloves, whole or 1/4 teaspoon ground (optional)

· 2 cups filtered water

· 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

· 1/2–1 cup raw honey (adjust to taste)


1. Place elderberries, ginger, cloves, pepper, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes, covered.

2. Let cool. Strain through a cheese cloth squeezing out all the juice.

3. Add apple cider vinegar and honey. Bottle in glass with an airtight lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.


· Elderberry syrup works best if you take it at the first tale tell signs of a cold. As the cold and flu season approaches, it is great to have a batch in the fridge for when you first feel those watery eyes, itchy throat, or a drippy nose.

· You can freeze the syrup. Try in ice cube trays for easy portioning.

· Cooked elderberries are perfectly safe and edible. A word of caution: Raw elderberries and the seeds of elderberries contain a toxic substance that in some, can induce nausea and vomiting. Stick to just the juice!


Source: “Homemade Elderberry Syrup”. Recipe. N.p. 6 Oct. 2022. Web. 24 Oct. 2023.


By Recipe Contributor


Here are a few items for the kitchen that may help with this amazing recipe: Saucepan, Cheesecloth, knife set, measuring utensils, bottle with a tight seal

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