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).

Antiviral Effectiveness of Elderberry


Elderberry Cordial Syrup Recipe Ingredients

  • Bucket of Elderberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cloves

Elderberry Cordial Syrup Recipe 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.

12 thoughts on “Elderberry Cordial Syrup

  1. Do you add the cloves at the same time as the sugar, before the final boiling – or once the finished mixture is cooled and you add during bottling?

  2. So I’ve jusr accidentally invented Elderberry toffee, by getting distracted and wandering off during the second boil.With tremendous good luck i walked back in just as the sugar caramelised but begore before it burned, realised what had happened and tipped it out on a tray to set. its delicious, intensely fruity, and would be just the thing for coating toffee apples if I had any apples to hand. Off to go and find some more elderberries now, thoughtfully sucking on my toffee-encrusted spoon…

  3. AMAZING! Trying to heal my body of Lupus, Multiple Myeloma, Lyme Disease &Fibromalgia and the calling is for nature and natural! I’m THRILLED to have found this and to learn all I can! Thank you Robin! ?

  4. I pick and freeze the elderberries so I can make the syrup at a quieter time of year for harvesting. It also means I can extract the juice without boiling, so retaining more of the goodness. I place the frozen berries in the strainer bag and leave to thaw and drain, squeezing out the fruit to finish. To each pint of elderberry juice add juice of one lemon, 1lb demerara sugar and 50ml water in which you’ve boiled cloves, cinnamon and ginger for 10-15 mins, covered. Boil rapidly for 5 mins then bottle.
    This recipe is from my herbalist

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