Elderberry Two Ways

I get a kind of nesting syndrome before fall hits where I start batch making bone broth, fortifying some of the batches with extra herbs to boost the immune system, making sure I have plenty of good fats stocked in the pantry as well as holiday baking supplies, setting up fire cider, cough syrup, canning fresh veggies and fruits, baking up a storm to stock up the freezer. You name it, I’m probably stocking up on it!

Elderberry Syrup is one of those things I stock up on. I make not only some pretty large batches of syrup (some with echinacea and some without), but a tincture form of it as well. I’ve been making both since college and can proudly report I haven’t had a cold since. “Flu season” doesn’t bother my immune system and I know I have this magical liquid to thank for it. It frequently reminds me of the magic liquid Marry Poppins whips out to give the rowdy Banks kids. I even put it in these flip top bottles because it makes the same glug glug sound that hers did coming out of the bottle onto the spoon.

It’s the little things.


I’m super thankful that I stocked up last year on enough elderberries to carry me through this winter as well. If you’ve seen the price spike, because you make your own as well, you know why I’m thankful. Demand is high and so is the price. Most of my usual sources are out of stock as well. This year I put up two 44.4 oz and two 16.9 oz bottles of plain and echinacea elderberry syrup and Two 64oz bottles of elderberry tincture. Plenty to go around and to give as gifts!

Elderberry Syrup Ingredients:

2C Dried organic elderberries

3C Filtered water

1t Orange zest

2 Cinnamon Sticks

2t Whole cloves

2 Whole star anise pods

1T Fresh grated ginger or 2t ground

Raw local honey

Cheese cloth

Glass bottles to store the syrup in


  • In a pot combine all the ingredients above, except the honey.

  • Bring to a boil then immediately reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes with the lid on.

  • After simmering, take the pot off the heat and allow to cool down to room temp. This can take a while.

  • Mash the berries in the liquid with a potato masher or you hands, take your pick.

  • Strain the liquid with cheesecloth into an easily pour-able vessle

  • Pour the juice into the glass bottles you’ve chosen to store you syrup in and fill 2/3 of the way full

  • Fill the rest of the way with raw honey.

  • Close the container and shake to combine

*you do make to make sure the juice isn’t hot so it doesn’t kill the good properties of the raw honey you add to it.

Elderberry Tincture Ingredients:

ACV (apple cider vinegar) or 100 proof non grain vodka

1 Quart mason jar

Dried Elderberries

1t Cinnamon chips

1t Dehydrated orange peel

1t Whole cloves

2t ginger

1 Star anise pod


  • In you quart jar, fill 1/2 full with dried elderberries and the remaining herbs/spices

  • Fill the jar with tincture medium of choice, ACV or Vodka.

  • Let it sit for 2-3 months, shaking the jar every so often.

  • Strain the berries and spices from the liquid and bottle in amber or cobalt tincture bottles

Either recipe you choose, you can add echinacea herb and root too. Be aware that echinacea should only be taken two weeks on, one month off. Do not take it continuously. Hence why I make a batch of each.

You don’t need each and ever additional spice I add, but it does give it a nice fall flavor that I’ve come to love. And like anything else you can absolutely add different things as well to fit your own families taste buds! I’ve linked my favorite places to buy herbs under the Shopping Guide , you’re sure to find some berries and other herbs/spices you need to liven your syrup or tincture!

If you try adding something new, let me know in the comments! I love hearing what you all come up with!

Enjoy friends,

~Hippie Hayden