Make your own elderberry syrup to fight off colds and flu following these simple instructions. Video and a FREE printable recipe card are included in the article!


Elderberry syrup is an old, natural remedy that is gaining in popularity for keeping people healthy during cold and flu season. According to a 1995 study, “elderberry seems to offer an efficient, safe, and cost-effective treatment for influenza.” Elderberry is full of flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins that inhibit the reproduction of viruses and boost the body’s immune system. Every fall I make elderberry syrup. I continue to make it through the winter cold and flu season.

My family takes two ounces of elderberry syrup every day along with supplements containing zinc. It helps us get through the long Iowa winters with only a few occasional sniffles. And best of all, it’s very easy to make at home.

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How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

In a small saucepan, add:
3 cups of water
½ a cup of dried elderberries
4-2¾” cinnamon sticks
1 Tbs. of whole allspice
1 tsp. of whole cloves

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In a quart-sized Mason jar add:
12 oz. of raw honey

Simmer the elderberries, cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves in the saucepan on medium-low for about 15 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the elderberry and spice infusion cool to room temperature. Cooling the elderberry liquid to room temperature is an important step. Raw honey contains healthy enzymes that die when exposed to heat.

When the elderberry spice liquid is cool, strain it into the Mason jar that contains the 12 ounces of raw honey. I have a funnel with a removable strainer that works great for this step.

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Next, put the Mason jar lid on tight and shake the elderberry liquid and honey until they are well mixed. I’ve tried mixing the elderberry liquid and honey together with a whisk and a mixer. Shaking is the fastest, most effective method to mix the syrup, and there’s no splatter – unless you don’t get the lid on tight…

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Finally, pour the elderberry syrup into a 33.75-ounce swing-top bottle. This kind of bottle is the easiest for pouring the concoction into a glass.

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Store your elderberry syrup in the refrigerator. It tastes best served cold.

Take two ounces of elderberry syrup every day to help boost your immune system and help fight off any cold and flu viruses. A child over the age of 2 can take one ounce per day.

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Where to Buy Elderberry Syrup

Maybe making your own elderberry syrup just isn’t for you. That’s okay!

I’ve seen elderberry products in the supplement section of many stores such as Walmart and Target. I’ve seen it in chain pharmacies such as Walgreens and at health food stores. It can be purchased on Amazon.

I have no experience with store-bought elderberry syrup or gummies. My reason for sharing links to them is to let you know they’re available if you would rather purchase it than make it.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Kay! I’m getting myself phsyched up to do this one. I’m still recovering from my recent pickle-making so I may need some time! How many batches can you make from a 1 lb package of dried elderberries?

    1. Hi Jessica! The recipe calls for 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of dried elderberries per batch. There are 16 ounces in a pound. So a 1lb bag of dried elderberries will make 4 batches of elderberry syrup. 🙂

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