Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

This recipe was included as part of the Fruit Pruning Class taught at the Brown County Central Library February 2024.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • ½ cup dried local elderberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 inch fresh ginger thinly sliced
  • ½ cup local honey


  • Combine elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until the water has reduced by half, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Pour through a fine mesh strainer, into a clean bowl. Use the back of a spoon to press on the berries to extract all of the juice. Discard or compost the pulp.
  • Allow elderberry juice to cool to room temperature. Whisk in honey until well combined. Transfer syrup to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator. Syrup keeps well for at least two weeks.


Serving Suggestions:
  • Use in smoothies, hot or iced tea
  • Drizzle on waffles, pancakes or oatmeal
  • Drizzle over a yogurt parfait
  • Use as a base to make a salad dressing
  • Drizzle over ice cream or gelato
Keyword elderberry, fruit, local, syrup

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