Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Use this simple elderberry syrup to help fight or prevent cold and flu symptoms.

| Spring 2019

Elderberry Syrup. Photo by Getty Images/Madeleine_Steinbach.

Elderberry syrup, used to help fight or prevent cold and flu symptoms, is one of the most popular uses of elderberries. There are scores of recipes, but if you’re making it to get the health benefits of elderberries, you might as well keep it simple.


  • Frozen elderberries
  • Water
  • Honey, to taste


  1. Place the berries in a saucepan and just cover with water. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, adding water as needed. While they’re simmering, periodically mash the berries to help expel their juices.
  2. Pour the mixture into a strainer, and press with a wooden spoon to expel all the remaining juice. Add honey to taste.
  3. Cool, and then transfer to a glass bottle or jar, with a tight-fitting lid. The syrup will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

Learn more about elderberries and find more recipes with Growing, Harvesting, and Using Elderberries.



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