HOW TO MAKE ORGANIC ELDERBERRY SYRUP & THE BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRIES (updated 2022)

How to make organic elderberry syrup at home with dried elderberries, spices, and honey. Plus, discover the fantastic benefits that boost your immune system.

This easy-to-make elderberry syrup recipe is made with organic dried elderberries, goji berry, spices, and local raw honey.

Drink a tablespoon of elderberry syrup every morning to maintain a robust immune system. This elderberry syrup recipe is sweet, full of berry, and perfectly balanced with spices.

Now let's get into the specifics of the recipe—no need to scroll through a page full of ads.

How To Make Organic Elderberry Syrup by Immunotea

LET'S MAKE ORGANIC ELDERBERRY SYRUP

We will start by sourcing all the organic ingredients needed to make our syrup. You can find all of the listed ingredients on Amazon. It's not common for elderberries to be sold at your local grocery store.

Now that you have your ingredients let's measure everything out to get 24 ounces of finished syrup. Adjust the recipe if you have a more prominent family.

  • Elderberry: 2/3 cup
  • Goji Berry: 1/3 cup
  • Cinnamon: 1 stick
  • Clove: 5 full cloves or 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger: 1 teaspoon
  • RoseHip: 1 teaspoon
  • Orange Peel: 1 teaspoon
  • Raw Local Honey: 1/2 cup 

Save time and money by using our Organic Elderberry Syrup Mix.

Stove Top Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized pot, add 3.5 cups of water and bring it to a boil
  2. Reduce heat to a low simmer (almost the lowest setting possible)
  3. Add all of your pre-measured berries & spices *do not add honey yet.
  4. Cover with a lid and let it steep for 45 minutes
  5. After 45 minutes, turn the heat off and let the syrup cool from HOT to WARN
  6. Strain your syrup using a brewing bag, coffee filter, or cheesecloth
  7. Add the finished syrup to a glass jar with the Raw Honey.
  8. Mix the syrup until the honey has dissolved.
  9. Store the elderberry syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Add 3.5 cups of water to the instant pot.
  2. Add the pre-measured berries & spices.
  3. Close the lid and close the vent valve
  4. Set it to Pressure for 10 minutes
  5. Allow for a natural release and sit for 15 minutes for opening.
  6. Let the syrup cool before straining it into a glass jar.
  7. Once cooled, add your Raw Honey.
  8. Store the elderberry syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Most Frequently Asked Questions at Immunotea

Why am I not getting 24 ounces of elderberry syrup?

If you are getting less than 24 ounces of syrup after adding ~4 ounces of honey, you are probably using a higher temperature when simmering your syrup. Your syrup is just more concentrated and adding more water is perfectly okay.

Why am I getting WAY over 24 ounces of elderberry syrup?

Similar to the last question, you may not be simmering the syrup high enough to reduce the water and infuse the ingredients. Next time, increase the heat or increase the amount of time you are steeping your syrup. If you want it more concentrated after brewing it, add it back to the stove and simmer it a little longer.

Do I have to use local raw honey?

No, local raw honey is recommended to help boost your immune system. The sugar content in the honey also helps to preserve the syrup so it last longer. You can also use maple syrup or cane sugar. If you don't use a sugar to preserve it, try adding the syrup to an ice cube tray and freeze it until ready to use.

Is elderberry syrup safe for kids?

The simple answer is yes, most kids love drinking anything sweet and fruity. The issue comes up when a parent wants to give syrup to a baby under the age of 12 months old. This is only because honey is not an approved food for infants under the age of 1 year.

How long does elderberry syrup last?

This will mostly be determined by how much sugar/honey you add to your mixture. Think of the honey as a natural preservative that will make your syrup last longer. If you use the recommended 4-5 ounces of honey per 20 ounces of elderberry liquid, your syrup will last up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Benefits of Elderberry Syrup by Immunotea

BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY SYRUP

To understand the power of elderberry syrup, let's talk about each ingredient used in our recipe above. Did you know that some "elderberry syrup mix" only comes with elderberries? We added many other components that improve the taste and increase the immunity-boosting effects in each tablespoon.

Save time and money by using our Organic Elderberry Syrup Mix.

  • Elderberry: The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system.
  • Goji Berry: Goji berries have long been used in traditional medicine to ward off illness and infection and naturally enhance immunity.
  • Cinnamon: Rich in antioxidants that fight inflammation and boosts immunity. Not only does cinnamon support a healthy immune system, but it also has the potential to reduce systemic inflammation from chronic health conditions.
  • Orange Peel: With a high concentration of vitamin C, orange peels boost your immune system and keep illness away.
  • RoseHip: Contains a lot of vitamin C, so it shares many uses with vitamin C, including preventing and treating cold & flu and vitamin C deficiencies.
  • Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, supports digestion, helps with motion sickness, reduces pain, is rich in antioxidants, boosts the immune system.
  • Clove: Contain high amounts of antioxidants, which aid the immune system in fighting off oxidative damage and free radicals.
  • Local Raw Honey: Raw honey contains many plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.

You now have a unique, organic elderberry syrup recipe and better understand its delicious benefits. Buy the ingredients and make batches for the year to come. If you want to support a small business like Immunotea, browse our Elderberry Syrup Mix and a variety of teas.

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