Elderberry Syrup: A Natural Cold and Flu Remedy

  • Author: Katja from Savory Lotus



  • 2 cups fresh elderberries OR 1 cup dried elderberries (where to buy dried elderberries)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water for fresh berries and 4 cups water for dried berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into 3 rounds
  • 1 cup raw honey (like this)



  1. Combine elderberries, water, cinnamon, and ginger in a large pot and bring to a boil. (DO NOT ADD HONEY!) Reduce heat and allow to simmer (uncovered) for 35-45 minutes, or until mixture reduces by about almost half.
  2. Strain through a strainer or sieve into a clean glass container. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
  3. Once mixture has cooled, stir in raw honey.
  4. Store in airtight jar in fridge for up to a month. Or you can freeze in smaller batches to use throughout the winter. **see note


When freezing my elderberry syrup, I freeze it in LARGE ICE CUBE TRAYS before I add the honey. I defrost a small ice cube and add honey later.