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Elderberry Syrup

A simple recipe for a potent remedy for colds and flus coming into the cooler months.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Remedy
Keyword: Cold, DIY, Flu, Natural, Natural health, Remedy
Author: Isolde Gordon


  • 1 cup ripe elderberries
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup raw, local honey optional


  • Pull the ripe elderberries off the stems and wash in a sieve.
  • Place in a pot with all other ingredients except the honey. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about an hour or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  • Pour the liquid through a sieve and squash the berries to extract the majority of the juice.
  • Decant into a clean jar or bottle.
  • When cool, add the honey, if using, and store in the fridge for 3 weeks or freeze in ice cube trays for longer term storage.