Elderberry Syrup

by | Dec 4, 2020 | Gluten Free, Miscellaneous, Nut Free, Recipes

In the wintertime, I start my days with a shot of this delicious syrup.

Elderberries are packed with vitamins & antioxidants and help you boost your immune system. The lovely spices add warmth and their delicious flavours of course.

This recipe makes enough for 1 month worth of daily “shots” – it keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge, so find my tip about freezing it below!


Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Makes 2 cups


Nut free Gluten free



  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 inch sliced fresh ginger 
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise
  • ¼ cup maple syrup 


Place all ingredients except for maple syrup in a a medium sized pot.

Bring to a boil. Then, lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour (uncovered).

Remove from heat and allow to cool down.

Place a fine sieve over a bowl or jar, and strain the syrup.

While in the sieve, press into the berries with a spoon, to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard the berries.

Add maple syrup and mix well.

I like to pour my syrup into ice cubes trays – once frozen, I keep the cubes in a container in the freezer, and take one out every night to defrost in the fridge – then it’s ready by the morning time!

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an autoimmune disease, consult with your doctor before taking elderberry.

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