Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

Makes about 2 (32 oz) quart jars 

Elderberries have long been used to soothe our bodies during cold and flu season. This simple Ball® recipe is alcohol free and ideal for the whole family*.

You will need

  • 6 cups fresh or frozen cleaned elderberries or 3 cups dried
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups raw honey (local to your area is preferred) 



  1. Combine elderberries and water in a stock pot; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover pot, lower heat and simmer elderberries for one hour, or until reduced by nearly half. Remove from heat. 
  2. Strain liquid into a large bowl through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth, discard elderberries. Rinse out stock pot. 
  3. Pour elderberry water back into stock pot, add honey and bring mixture to a simmer over low heat; stir until honey dissolves. 
  4. Ladle elderberry syrup into quart jars, placing lid finger-tip tight and let cool completely. Refrigerate for up to 6 months.  


*Do not recommend giving honey to infants under 1 year old.