Elderberry Syrup Recipe

by Tom Petruno, Herbalist

Mmmmm, Elderberry Syrup!  

Tasty, syrup-y and good for you.

This can be pretty costly when you buy it commercially. But, if you buy your herbs in bulk and make your own – it’s actually a fairly reasonable home remedy. And better for you! Fewer preservatives and made with love!

We like to keep it around and take daily, especially during the winter months. Taken year round and during times of sickness is a great way to amp up your immune system to fight off the “bad germs,” as my daughter would call them.

Elderberry syrup helps fight off and prevent illness, all while tasting good.

Elderberries are immune boosting as it is, and our version includes extra immune boosting herbs for added benefit. These are optional, so don’t stress if you can’t get those.

Our recipe is tried, tested, and we’ve been using it for about 3 years. Enjoy!

Elderberry Syrup Recipe


½ cup dried elderberries (approx. 70g)

3 cups purified/filtered (not tap) water (approx. 720ml)

1 whole clove

Optional: 1 tablespoon echinacea (cut and sifted (c/s, not powdered))

Optional: 1 tablespoon oatstraw (cut and sifted (c/s, not powdered))

Honey to taste (Raw unfiltered & local if you have it. Okay to sub agave/maple syrup; shelf life may be shorter)

Makes approx. 1.5 cups syrup (360ml)


1.  Bring the elderberries, water, and clove to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.

2.  Add the Echinacea and Oatstraw and simmer on low for 35-45 minutes.

3.  Turn the heat off and mash the berries to make sure you get all of the good juices. The bottom of a glass or canning jar works well for this.

4.  Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, jar, or some kind of receptacle.

5.  If it is not already in a sealable container (like a canning jar), transfer it at this time.

6.  While still warm, add honey (or desired sweetener) to taste. I ended up with about 1 ½ cups liquid and added about ¼ cup honey, you may add more or less, it is really up to you, and the honey is beneficial anyway.

7.  Seal and refrigerate.  The syrup will last you about 3 months. Honey is a preservative. If you use maple syrup or agave, the sugars will help preserve but the shelf life may be shorter. Just watch it and use your best judgment.

Recommended Dosage? 

For adults, when you’re well and desiring to use it as a preventative measure, we recommend 1 Tbsp (~15ml) once a day. When you’re wanting to use it to help fight off a present illness, we recommend upping the dosage to 1 Tbsp (~15ml) three times a day.

You can play around with the ingredients a bit to add other herbs you like or to change the taste a little, throwing in a cinnamon stick or chips is a great addition.  There are so many possibilities.

You can also turn the syrup into gummies! Find the recipe for gummies here.

Hope you enjoy your syrup!


Not sure where to get the herbs? Easy! You can get them online. Check out this post.

LAST UPDATED: May 3, 2016

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