How-to Make Elderberry Syrup
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Serves: 12-16 ounces
  • 2½ cups filtered water
  • 1 cup dried organic elderberries
  • ½ to 2 cups raw honey*
Other optional add-ins:
  • fresh ginger
  • cinnamon stick
(both can be added at the time of the elderberries)
  1. In a medium-sized sauce pan, add 2½ cups filtered water and 1 cup dried elderberries. Place over a medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a slow simmer and allow the mixture to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain the mixture, pressing the liquid from the berries. Measure the remaining liquid and return the decoction (tea) to the pan. Allow the mixture to cool to 105ºF or lower (this is to preserve the healing benefits of the raw honey) and add an equal amount of raw honey to the amount of tea. Stir to dissolve the honey in the warm liquid.
  4. Once dissolved, cool the mixture and add to your sterile, sealable glass jar or bottle(s). Add your pretty label (print below). Store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months.
Add as much or as little honey as you want. You can also leave it out entirely. The syrup won't be as thick or as sweet, obviously but it's still tasty and just as effective.
Recipe by Tasty Yummies at