How to Make Quick and Easy Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup bottle with elderberries and leaves

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This recipe for elderberry syrup is quick and easy! Elderberry Syrup tastes good and it is so good for you! Elderberry syrup is so cheap to make and will save you a lot of money over buying elderberry supplements at the store.


I have been making Elderberry Syrup for my family for years. The benefits of taking elderberry for immunity are cold relief, or shortening duration of symptoms. When I make elderberry syrup and we have a cold going through the family, we have found that symptoms are much shorter. It has also kept us from getting every last cold going around when we see friends or family. It has kept us healthy especially through the winter months and kept our immune systems strong.

A bottle of homemade elderberry syrup on a wooden table, with fresh elderberries in the background

Why We Make Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are full of antioxidants and contain Vitamins C, E, A, and Vitamin B6. It also contains flavonols, phenolic acids, and anthocyanins which are immune boosting properties. Additionally, elderberries naturally contain quercitin, which helps fight and recover from cough symptoms. All of these nutrients help to boost your immune system and keep your body healthy!

What You Need

I like to buy organic elderberries on amazon like this pack. I tend to have a lot of whole spices on hand because I make a lot of Chai, but it is a worthy investment to pick up a few spices and keep them in your spice cupboard.

You will need a small saucepan, a strainer, elderberries, cardamom pods, cinnamon, cloves, ginger (optional), a glass jar or glass container, and honey or maple syrup as preferred.


4 cups water

3/4 cup dried elderberries

2 whole cloves

3 cardamom pods (crushed)

1 small flat cinnamon stick (like these)

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey


1. Bring water to a boil then add all ingredients. Mix and bring mixture to a boil.

2. Reduce to simmer and leave uncovered for 35 minutes until mixture has reduced by about half.

3. Let syrup cool.

4. Strain into a glass jar with airtight lid.

Store in the refrigerator for 7 days.

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