Elderberry syrup is a natural cough syrup for those old enough to consume honey. Elderberry helps fight against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation. It can help with mucus, sore throats and colds. Elderberry syrup contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
- 1/2 cup Dried Elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup local raw honey
- 5 cloves or 1/8 tsp ground clove
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon or cinnamon stick
Place elderberries, water and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
With a spoon, mash the elderberries to release remaining juice. Do this a couple of times throughout the simmering. Some of the liquid will evaporate during the simmering, which is what you want to happen.
After 30 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes or until the liquid has cooled some, but slightly warm.
Fill an 8 cup glass measuring bowl, medium sized bowl or large glass jar with 1 cup of honey. Place a mesh strainer over the bowl and pour in the contents of the saucepan.
Remove the strainer and stir together the honey and elderberry liquid until combined.
Store in a lidded glass jar. Elderberry syrup should last for 3-5 months if stored in the fridge.