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homemade elderberry syrup in a mason jar with cinnamon sticks, honey and elderberries around it

Homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup

A homemade cough syrup recipe made from elderberries honey and spices to ease a sore throat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Author fitasamamabear


  • 1.5 cups elderberries freeze-dried
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks or 6 if they're short
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp cloves optional
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger optional


  1. In a large piece of cookware, combine everything except the lemon juice and honey.

  2. Heat until boiling and then reduce heat and keep it at a rolling boil for 30 minutes, stirring often.

  3. Once boiling is done, pick out the cinnamon sticks and strain out the elderberries from the liquid. Make sure to press into the mesh sieve to get all the good juice!

  4. Whisk in the honey and lemon juice.

  5. Pour into a jar and keep in the fridge until needed.