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Elderberry Syrup

November 30, 2009 |  by  |  Drinks and Tonics
Elderberry Syrup
  • 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried berries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup raw honey

Bring berries and water to a boil, turn down and simmer for 30-40 min.
Smash berries and strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Add honey, bottle and store in the refrigerator. It should keep 2-3 ms.
Note: I added Astragalus Root to this batch for an extra immune booster.

Caution: Use only blue elderberries. Red are potentially toxic.

Recipe from Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal.

Elderberry syrup is a must have for any medicine cabinet, especially right now with the flu we have going around. It fights coughs, colds, influenza and it is quite tasty. I have it in my fridge all year round, I even use it to make a yummy Elderberry Mimosa!

Elder – Sambucus Nigra

In Northern Europe superstition still forbids cutting the branches or wood without first asking permission of the “Hlyde-Moer” the “elder mother” spirit who lives in the tree.

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4 Comments


  1. I love this recipe! The elderberries are flowering now here in SC and I’m excited to make some syrups! We’ve also got an elderberry and blueberry mead working right now. Cheers!

  2. Syrups are great because you can use them in so many ways. This one is great to keep on hand year round for sniffles and just feeling plain old run down. Your meads sound very interesting!

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