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Simple, 3-Ingredient Elderberry Syrup

All you need is dried elderberries, water, honey, and a strainer to have fresh elderberry syrup for you and your family! It takes less than an hour, and most of the process is hands-off. Try this easy recipe to keep your family healthy this year.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Author Mary


  • 1 1/2 cups dried elderberries
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1-2 cups honey (to taste)


  1. Combine dried elderberries and water in a medium sized pot.

  2. Bring to a boil and stir; reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes with NO LID, stirring occasionally.

  3. Allow to cool. Using a potato masher, mash berries well. 

  4. Strain through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a large bowl.  

  5. Add honey and stir well. Divide into small jars and freeze or refrigerate. Keeps 2 months in the fridge, up to a year in the freezer.

  6. Dosage: For prevention, 1 teaspoon 1 or 2 times daily. For illness, 1-3 teaspoons up to 4 times daily. Use a smaller dose for kids and a larger dose for adults.

Recipe Notes

Honey should not be used for infants younger than 12 months of age.