Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is one of the most popular herbal medicines, especially during cold and flu season. Not only does this sweet little berry have antiviral and antimicrobial properties, it also upregulates your own immune response to increase your body’s defense system. You’ll find it in many stores – health-focused and more mainstream. The liquid, or syrup, which is usually liked by children as well as adults – is also great for helping to soothe a sore throat. Towards the end of winter last year, sales of elderberry syrup skyrocketed (it’s just that effective) and it was out of stock throughout the country. Homemade syrup became the way to go at that point!

I’ve been wanting to make elderberry syrup for several years, and finally got it together! After obtaining the berries, it was pretty simple.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2/3 cup of dried elderberries

  • 3 + 1/2 cups of water

  • 2-3 Tablespoons of fresh ginger, minced/chopped/grated

  • 1/2 of teaspoon of powdered cloves

  • 1/2 cup of raw honey


  • Medium saucepan

  • Wire strainer

  • Fork

How to make the syrup:

  1. Combine the water, elderberries, ginger and cloves in the medium pan.

  2. Cover and bring it to a boil. Then reduce it to a simmer, keeping it covered.

  3. Simmer for 45-50 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat, uncover and let it cool.

  5. When it’s cool, use the fork to mash the berries in the pan for 1-2 minutes.

  6. Strain the liquid into a bowl or large jar.

  7. Stir in the honey until it’s dissolved.

  8. Cover and store til you’re ready to use!

For general immune support, many people take 1 teaspoon daily. When feeling sick, people often take 3 teaspoons daily. (Always check with your doctor prior to using any herbal medicine.)


I made a double batch of this syrup and used half of it in a mocktail punch for a recent party. Here’s what I did: I combined elderberry syrup and club soda in about a 1:4 ratio, then added the fresh juice of 4 blood oranges and sliced a few orange rings to float on top, plus ice. Guests added red wine, vodka or bubbly for some extra healthy zing.

The information provided here is not intended to replace medical advice or to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Please consult your doctor with specific questions and prior to beginning any significant diet or lifestyle changes.