Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup

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Fall time favorite recipe for an easy homemade elderberry syrup. It simmers slowly for great flavor! And has many uses around a natural home.

homemade elderberry syrup in a glass mason jar and resting on a rustic wood board

Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Uses for elderberry syrup can include making homemade gummies, in herbal teas, lozenges, jams, wine, and just as a syrup.

This recipe is very simple and doesn’t take very long to make. I definitely recommend using organic and pure ingredients. Here’s a great option.

There are many awesome benefits of taking elderberry syrup. We love to add it to our routine along with homemade bone broth.

I have sampled many recipes over the years and altered many of them to create the best option for my family. This is the recipe my family has used for the last several years.

The honey that we use is usually local, but any organic raw honey should work well.

finished homemade elderberry syrup in a small mason jar

finished homemade elderberry syrup in a small mason jar

elderberry syrup

This easy to make elderberry syrup is super simple and full of delicious flavor.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Mary Woita
Servings 8
Calories: 261kcal


  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 2 inches fresh ginger sliced
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of raw local honey
  • 2 cups dried elderberry


  • Add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks and water to a large pot, bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Partially cover with a lid and allow to simmer for approximately 30-40 minutes. Or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  • Strain out the liquid into a large bowl. I usually use a sieve, but you can use a cheesecloth over a strainer. Whatever works best for you. Discard elderberries, ginger and cinnamon sticks.
  • Add honey to your syrup and the ground spices if you’re using it (see note). Mix well.
  • Pour into glass mason jars or something similar for storage (glass is best) and add a refrigerator safe lid.
  • Store in the fridge. This can be kept for a couple of months, but should be used up within three.


Totally optional, but sometimes I’ll add a little more organic ground ginger and cinnamon to taste.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this easy-to-make homemade elderberry syrup recipe. I would just like to clarify that if honey isn’t used in this recipe, it would now be safe for children to take?

    1. I am not a doctor, so I would always check there first. Honey is the only restriction that I am aware of, but it is always best to check with a physician first. 🙂