This homemade elderberry syrup is perfect for flu and cough season! It has become a staple in my house. The cinnamon sticks combined with the pure maple syrup and dried elderberries not only makes this syrup smell delicious but it tastes delicious too! In my house we use this homemade cough syrup as a home remedy when flu season is upon us. This homemade simple syrup can also be made to make a healthy cocktail or mocktail!
Elderberry syrup is a natural home remedy I have been using for years. In college I babysat for a family who was into homeopathics and used this when their kids got sick with colds. I was blown away with how well it worked and how good it tasted!
Homemade elderberry syrup ingredients:
- Dried elderberries-I got mine from a natural foods store near me but you can also get them on amazon HERE. They expire fast, so make sure they are within the date!
- Maple syrup-To add a dash of sweetness. You can also substitute with honey.
- Cinnamon-To flavor.
- Water-To make into the syrup.
- Ginger-To add a nice kick.
How to make homemade cough syrup:
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the pan is boiling, reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes. Then allow the syrup to cool.
- Using a pasta strainer, place a strainer over a bowl. Strain out the elderberries. Allow the syrup to further cool then place in a mason jar to store.
How long does this last?
- The fresh elderberry syrup lasts for about two weeks sealed in an air tight container.
Can I freeze homemade syrup?
- Yes! I highly recommend freezing if you do not plan to use it all right away. You can even freeze it in small ice trays to allow yourself to pop out a little at a time.
What are elderberries?
- Elderberries are a kind of fruit like a berry. They come from a small shrub.
What are elderberries good for?
- Elderberries were first discovered in ancient Egypt. They are well known for their medicinal properties. The berries are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Today elderberry syrup is wildy used for boosting the immune system as well as for coughs and sore throats. In my house we use it in place of cough syrup.
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Homemade Elderberry Syrup (Cough Syrup)
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- 4 cups purified water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes. Once the 30 minute is up, allow it to cool and then strain the berries with cheesecloth or a strainer. Store in an airtight glass. If you enjoyed this recipe it would mean the world to me if you rated it and left a comment below. It helps others find it on google.