Elderberry Cordial Syrup


The Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are abundant this year. Great bunches of them are hanging off the branches, bowing down almost begging to be picked and made into an Elderberry Cordial Syrup.

As humans we can benefit a lot from Elderberry culinary delights. In folklore Elderberries have been used as a protection against influenza. World renowned Israeli virologist Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu has dedicated her life to researching the health benefits of Elderberry extract, and has established a clinically proven treatment against flu (including swine flu and avian flu).


  • Bucket of Elderberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cloves

Suggested Instructions

  1. Cut the Elderberries just below the stalks.
  2. Use a fork to remove the Elderberries from the stalks into a bowl.
  3. Place the Elderberries in a saucepan with enough water to cover them.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Strain the Elderberry mixture through a muslin or straining bag, squeezing to make sure you get all the juice out.
  6. For each pint of juice you get, add 1lb of granulated sugar and 12 cloves.
  7. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes.
  8. Allow the Elderberry mixture to cool, and then bottle in sterilised glass bottles, making sure that the caps have a plastic seal.
  9. Add an equal amount of the cloves to each bottle you make up.

The Elderberry cordial syrup will last up to two years.

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4 thoughts on “Elderberry Cordial Syrup

  1. Thanks Robin,
    I see you use the same recipes as myself for both the Rosehip syrup and Elderberry cordial. I omit the cinnamon as I personally feel it tastes a bit like cough linctus.
    I must try the Elderberry balsamic vinegar. I use balsamic in my salads.
    I collected 5lbs of blackberries in my local park yesterday and will lay them out on baking trays to place in the fast freeze. When done they can be chipped off the trays individually and fit into freezer bags much like frozen peas. When defrosted they still have shape rather than becoming a mush.
    Elderberries and Rose hips should be ripe soon.
    I wonder if boiling the liquids removes the vitamin C?

  2. Thanks for your recipe for Elderberry Cordial which I will definitely try out.. This year I have had so much produce to handle that my elderberries have gone into the freezer to be processed at a later date. I love Elderberries for cordials and desserts but this year am considering adding to my jam collection with Elderberry and/or Elderberry & Blackberry Jelly, having bought some Pectin sachets as realise that Elderberries have a very low pectin content. Will let you know how I get on!!