Saturday, January 22, 2022

MAKE IT: Elderberry Syrup

elderberry syrupElderberry syrup has become a popular option for many people who are seeking natural approaches to health. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, which may help to support a healthy immune system. Although this recipe calls for dried elderberries, you can use fresh or frozen if you can find them. Also, the alcohol is optional (it helps with making the syrup shelf-stable), so feel free to leave it out. Be Well!


  • 2 cups dried elderberries (you can use fresh/frozen if you can find them!)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2-3 tsp. dried ginger root
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups honey/maple syrup/agave
  • 1 cup vodka or brandy (optional)


  1. Place elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon stick, and cold water in large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let steep 1 hour.
  4. Strain berries and herbs (I just usually remove the ginger root and cinnamon stick and keep the berries, but you can use a funnel overlaid with doubled cheesecloth or an undyed cotton muslin bag).
  5. Once liquid has cooled to just above room temperature, add honey (or maple syrup or agave) and stir (you can also add vodka or brandy here if you wish).
  6. Bottle in sterilized glass and store in the refrigerator.

*Adapted from Mountain Rose Herbs

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2 Responses

  1. Anita Dingman says:

    Where could I buy Elderberry bushes?

    • Richard Monroe says:

      I grow elderberries (Watertown area). I purchased mine a few years back though my local soil & water conservation district. They took a couple of years to get established, but now I’ve got a dozen or so bushes. This past year we harvested all we could pick! Deer love ’em too- so I recommend caging them. Birds love the berries, so once they ripen- be quick! I am discovering that once established, they will spread. So, pick a nice spot where they’ve got room to roam. Hope that helps!

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