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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

Learn How to Make Elderberry Syrup with this easy guide. Elderberry syrup has immune-boosting benefits, and it works! Easy method using dried elderberries. :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

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Learn how to make elderberry syrup with this easy method using dried elderberries and make several batches for the price of one bottle at the store. Elderberry syrup has immune-boosting benefits, and it works!


  • ⅔ cup dried elderberries (also called Sambucus nigra) (these are the ones I use)
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or cinnamon sticks) (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground clove (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated (optional)
  • ½ cup raw honey (or to taste)



  1. Combine dried elderberries, water, cinnamon, clove, and ginger in a medium pot and bring just to a boil. Cook until the liquid has reduced to almost half, about 45 minutes. (Mine took exactly 45 minutes both times, but you can set a timer for 30 minutes and check if you don’t want to forget about this being on the stove!)
  2. Place a fine-mesh strainer (I have this set) over a big bowl (I have this set) and pour the liquid through the strainer. Mash the solids against the strainer, doing your best to get as much of the fruit through the strainer as possible. Take your time here so you’re not wasting precious elderberries!
  3. When you’re left with mostly seeds, use the elderberry mash for kombucha OR compost it (here’s an easy way to get started with composting). Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  4. When the syrup is cool, pour it into a quart jar. Add the honey and stir well. Store in the fridge!


  • When prepared properly and stored in a glass container in the fridge, homemade elderberry syrup should be good for 3 months.