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If you want to know how to make elderberry syrup, the step-by-step process outlined in this recipe is simple. Fresh ginger and manuka honey boost this tonic's potential healing power, and the manuka honey gives it great body (regular honey will also work). With this recipe, you can create a soothing, tea-like sipper by mixing the elderberry syrup with hot water. But if you like something a little cooler, pour the elderberry syrup over ice and top it off with club soda for an invigorating elixir to support your immune system. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, you can use it in a cocktail (see Associated Recipes).

Source: EatingWell.com, December 2019


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Recipe Summary

10 mins
12 hrs 50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine elderberries, filtered water and ginger in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until a thermometer registers 100 degrees F. Reduce heat to low, cover and steep for 50 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and honey.

  • Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a quart jar, pressing with a ladle to extract as much liquid as possible. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to use (the syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator).

  • To prepare a chilled elderberry elixir: Pour 2 tablespoons of the elderberry syrup into an ice-filled glass; top off with 1 cup sparkling water or club soda.

  • To prepare a hot elderberry beverage: Stir 2 tablespoons of the elderberry syrup into 1 cup hot water.


Tip: Dried elderberries can be found at well-stocked grocery stores (generally in the bulk section) or online, including from Amazon. (If you make a purchase using the link included, we may earn commission.)

Read more about the health benefits of elderberry.

To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Facts

2 Tbsp.
48 calories; carbohydrates 13g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 11g; vitamin a iu 67IU; vitamin c 4mg; calcium 6mg; magnesium 1mg; potassium 41mg; sodium 2mg.

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