Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

elderberry syrup recipe

Since planting elderberry bushes a few years ago, we’ve been enjoying an abundance of fresh elderberries each Summer. I freeze what we don’t use right away, and use those berries during the slow winter months to make an immune boosting elderberry syrup.

If you don’t have access to fresh elderberries, you can always use dried ones.

Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup


*Yields approx. 1 quart

  • 1 cup elderberries (fresh, frozen, or dried)
  • 8 Tbsp dried rose hips  (If you want to grow your own plant the Rosa Rugosa variety)
  • 8 Tbsp dried Echinacea root
  • 3 tsp dried ginger root
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water (not treated/city water)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups raw, local honey

elderberry syrup in pot


Pour all of the ingredients except the honey into a medium pot. Bring almost to a boil, then turn the heat to med-low and simmer uncovered for about 30 min, or until the liquid is reduced by half.

Strain the herbs from the liquid (and feed them to your chickens). I rinse and air dry the cinnamon sticks to be used again.

Allow the liquid to cool until warm enough to handle. Stir in honey, tasting until you’ve added the right amount to suit your preference. I’ve found the echinacea adds a little bitterness to the syrup, so I always go with more honey to offset that.

elderberry syrup immune support (small)


We take 1 teaspoon a day (adults and children over a year old) as a preventative measure. When we’re sick I usually double or triple that, taking a tsp at mealtime throughout the day. I would not recommend giving this syrup to babies under a year old.

Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Making your own is so much cheaper than buying bottles of elderberry syrup at the health food store. And it only takes a few minutes to prepare. I challenge you to give this recipe a try!

Do you have a different recipe for Elderberry Syrup that you’d like to share?

11 thoughts on “Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup”

  1. i’ve juiced our elderberries in previous summers. i usually use the juice for jelly and pancake syrup. Could I use a qt of this juice in place of the berries and water?

  2. I have only been able to find the liquid extract for the echinacea Root 500mg and eldetberry extract. Any suggestions on how to Translate dried recipe to liquid amounts?

  3. I make quarts of elderberry tincture every fall. I pick the elderberries and mix them with vodka to preserve them. Whenever someone in home starts get a cold, they take a tablespoon a couple times each day and the cold never worse. This recipe looks like it would taste much better!


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