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Elderberry Syrup for Colds

Delicious elderberry Syrup to boost your immune system and fend off the common cold, flu, and cough.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Condiments, Other
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 teaspoons
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • 1 cup blue or black elderberries (fresh) (or ½ cup dried)
  • cups water
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 dehydrated orange slices (or 1 fresh orange slice)
  • cup raw honey


  • Add elderberries, water, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods, and orange slices to a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Mash the elderberries to extract as much of the juice as possible.
  • Remove the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom pods. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or my personal favorite, reusable soup bags.
  • Clean the pot and pour the strained syrup back in. Once warm, add the honey and whisk to combine.
  • Pour into an 8 oz. sterilized jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.


  • Unripe elderberries, as well as stems, leaves, and bark of the elder tree, are poisonous. They contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside, and should not be used in this recipe.
  • This syrup is not intended for infants under the age of 12 months.
  • You can substitute dried elderberries for fresh ones. You will need ½ the number of dried berries as fresh.
  • Elderberry syrup may not be suitable for pregnant women. Please consult your doctor before using it.
  • To make this Elderberry Syrup for Colds last longer, add ¼ cup brandy, which will act as a preservative.
  • Using raw honey has further health benefits since it contains anti-fungal properties, helps digestive issues and is soothing to sore throats.


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g