Here’s a simple elderberry syrup recipe that will keep for a couple of months in your refrigerator. You can dole it out in spoonfuls just like cough medicine, or you can stir it into your morning juice or tea (stick to a dosage of about 1 teaspoon for kids or 1 tablespoon for adults).

Recipe from Mother Earth News

Total Time: ~1 hour Yield: 1 pint


• ¾ cup dried black elderberries (or 1 cup fresh or frozen )
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, sliced
• 1 Tbsp dried whole cloves
• 3½ cups water
• 1 cup local honey


Place the elderberries, cinnamon sticks, sliced ginger, whole cloves, and water in a saucepan.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 45 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.

Strain out the berries and spices using a fine-meshed sieve or colander and discard.

Add the honey to the remaining liquid. Pour the mixture into a pint-sized mason jar.

Store your homemade elderberry syrup in the refrigerator, where it should keep for about 2 months.