Homemade Elderberry Syrup | Simple Natural Immune Booster

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 45 mins

This homemade elderberry syrup recipe is an easy to make, giving you an all-natural way to boost your immune system to help the body fight cold and flu symptoms.


  • 4 cups distilled or filtered water
  • 1/4 cup dried elderberries with twigs removed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamon pods
  • 1/4 inch knob of fresh ginger, diced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup raw honey OR sweetener alternative for sugar free syrup


Add water to a small sauce pan and place elderberries in the pan to soak for 15-30 minutes.  Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and ginger.  Bring to a soft boil and reduce heat to simmer.

Simmer for a minimum of 45 minutes or until liquid is reduced to half (2 cups).  With a potato masher squish berries removing as much juice as possible.  

Place a strainer over a clean bowl and pour syrup catching berries and spices. Throw away berries and spices. 

Place syrup back in the pan and add honey (or sugar alternative).  Stir and let cool at room temperature.  Place in glass jars and store in the refrigerator. 


Recipe Notes

DO NOT consume uncooked elderberries or twigs.  

This recipe is based on my own experience with elderberry syrup and is NOT medical advice.  Please consult a professional for your individual circumstance.

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