Easy Homemade Elderberry Liquid Syrup

Why Elderberry?

People have been using elderberry for years. These berries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are known to boost our immune system. Many experts also recommend this to help ease and prevent cold and flu symptoms. Mothers and children benefit the most from this wonder berry! It’s something I always keep on hand.

Making your own elderberry syrup is not only budget-friendly but is a much healthier option than what you’ll find on any store shelf. I’ve tried many recipes and brands and this concoction is what my kids and I like best.


This makes 1 quart: You’ll need:

  • 1 Cup Of Boiling Water
  • 5 Organic Echinacea Teabags (Any Brand)
  • 7 Capsules of Bee Propolis (Any Brand)
  • 1 Cup Unfiltered Raw Honey (local if possible)
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Dried Elderberries
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Any Brand)
  • 7 Capsules of Vitamin C (Any Brand)

Note: I’ve written “any brand” for nearly everything and that wasn’t a mistake. I don’t always have access to the same brands and I’ve never had an issue with any brand as long as it was organic or reputable. Use what you and your family like best or what you’re budget will allow.

Step 1: 

Add 5 teabags of Echinacea tea to 1 cup of boiling water and cover it. Allow this to steep until slightly warm. At least 45-60 minutes. The longer the better.

Step 2: 

While the teabags are steeping, combine 2 cups of water, and the dried elderberries into a pot. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the temperature to the lowest setting and cover. You want there to be a slow simmer. Next, allow it to simmer for at least 1 hour. You want the elderberries to be soft and easy to mash.

Step 3: 

Remove your tea bags, squeeze them out (get every drop!), and set the tea aside.

Step 4: 

Once the elderberries have finished simmering, remove from heat and allow them to cool. After cooling, pour the “juice” through a fine-mesh strainer (it’s completely okay if all you have is a colander. As long as your berries won’t fall through) into a wide-mouthed quart jar. If you’re using a glass water bottle or another small-mouthed container, you’ll need a funnel to pour the liquid into instead. Use a spatula or spoon to smush the elderberry “pulp” around. You want to try to extract as much juice out of it as you can!

Step 5: 

Open the capsules of bee propolis and vitamin C and pour them into the warm echinacea tea and use a whisk (fork or whatever!) to blend them together.

Step 6: 

Add your tea mixture to a quart jar of elderberry juice. Add a cup of honey (feel free to warm it in order to make it pourable, if needed) and then pour the 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in. Close the cap tightly and shake well to mix.

You’ll always need to shake it well before serving.

It’s best to store this in a glass bottle. I’ve personally reused Voss glass water bottles for this and it works out great! You can also keep in a larger quart-sized jar too. This stays fresh refrigerated for up to 6 months.

Feel free to substitute any ingredients or customize this recipe in any way that best suits your needs.

Important: Keep stored in the refrigerator.

Do not serve to babies less than a year old.

Note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR (I’m sharing my experience & what works for me)

***Consult YOUR Doctor or Physician FIRST Before Consuming***

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