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Elderberry Syrup Recipe (Easy, Made in the Slow Cooker!)

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This slow cooker elderberry syrup recipe has become my best friend.  I mean, is there anything worse than sick kids?  Actually, now that I think of it, there is!  A sick mom taking care of said kids.  Now that is the WORST.

Last winter our family got hit hard with sickness.  We caught anything and everything that was going around.  I had one son who missed almost 4 weeks of school.  He was SO sick.  It was just miserable.

elderberry syrup recipe

We would catch a new bug before we even got over the old one.  I just couldn’t believe our rotten luck.  Now that the weather is changing and cold and flu season is right around the corner, I’m preparing NOW in hopes that we don’t have a repeat of last winter.  I’m planning to give all 4 kids a daily dose of what I believe the essentials are for a strong immune system, and it all starts with this slow cooker elderberry syrup.

elderberry syrup recipe
I love this recipe because I can just throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it.  I’m really good at putting things off until later. 🤪  There’s no need to watch it, no need to stir it, and no need to worry about it boiling over or reducing too much.  Also, in the world of cooking, low and slow is usually best.

With this method, you’re able to slowly draw out all the medicinal properties of the elderberries to make a very potent immune boosting syrup.  Elderberries are high in flavonoids (they’re what give elderberries their rich deep color) which support immunity and gut health.  They also contain a good amount of vitamin C which we all know is crucial for getting over an illness quickly.

elderberry syrup recipe
As well as elderberry syrup, my kids and I will be loading up on vitamin c, probiotics, and vitamin d.  I hope this daily vitamin regimen will help us avoid getting sick in the first place, or in the very least help us get over it quicker.

Before I started making my own, I was buying this elderberry syrup, but I really didn’t love the ingredients and it was PRICEY!  Making your own is cheaper, healthier, and it couldn’t be easier with the slow cooker method.  I hope you give it a shot and stay well this winter.

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Slow Cooker Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a powerful immune booster and is a great way to knock out the cold or flu.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 2 mins
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Simply Jillicious


  • 1/2 cup organic dried elderberries
  • 2 1/4 cups filtered water
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (or more to taste)


  • Peel and slice the fresh ginger into thin discs. About 1/8 inch thick.
  • Place the dried elderberries, filtered water, cinnamon, and ginger into the slow cooker.
  • Cook for 8 hours on low.
  • Strain the cooked berries, water and ginger through a fine mesh strainer into a medium sized bowl. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice from the berries.
  • Once the liquid has cooled down and is warm to the touch, add in the honey and mix thoroughly until smooth and dissolved well.
  • I like to add 1/4 cup of honey per 1 cup of elderberry juice. Feel free to add more honey if you'd like it sweeter. I personally prefer it less sweet.
  • Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.


Be sure to add the honey when the liquid has cooled or is just slightly warm. Hot water will kill the beneficial nutrients in the honey.
I take 2 teaspoons daily to prevent sickness, and 2 tablespoons when I'm sick - but my immune system is weak due to autoimmune disease. I recommend 1 teaspoon a day if you're a normally healthy person, and 1 tablespoon if you're sick.
I give my kids 1/2 teaspoon daily, and up to 1 1/2 teaspoons when they're sick.
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  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 2:27 am

    I have some fresh elderberries in my freezer. How many fresh berries would I use to make this? Thank you!

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      November 28, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Cheryl!

      Lucky you for having access to fresh elderberries – how cool! I haven’t tried this recipe with fresh elderberries so I can’t say for sure, but you’ll definitely need a lot less water. I would try 1/2 cup of water to 2 cups fresh elderberries and see how it turns out. Let me know if you give it a try! Good luck!

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    Cheryl VanOcker
    November 29, 2018 at 12:17 am

    My girlfriend has a very large bush on her farm(lucky her), & she invites me over to help her pick(lucky me). In return, I get to take some home with me! Last summer, I brought home enough for a pie & 2 pkgs. I put in freeze with 4 cups each.? We picked over two 5-gallon buckets full! ???
    Ok thanks! I’ll give it a try, & keep ya posted! ? Thanks for the advice!

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      November 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Holy moly, that’s seriously amazing! Yes, please keep me posted!

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    Jennifer Nagle
    February 10, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Is this recipe 1/2 “CUP” of dried elderberries? The unit of measure has been omitted. Thank you.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2019 at 2:41 am

      Yes! The recipe should read 1/2 cup. THANK YOU for pointing that out, I’ve updated the recipe. 🙂

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      Dawn Garbes
      March 25, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      Hello . I just made this recipe , so handy ! Mine doesn’t have the consistency of syrup though , it more like juice . Did I do something wrong ?

      • Reply
        March 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm

        Hi Dawn! Nope you didn’t do anything wrong. It does have a consistency more like juice. I’ve seen other recipes use arrowroot powder to try to thicken it up, but because this is for medicinal purposes I don’t mind just pouring it into a small glass and gulping it down like juice. 🙂

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    October 14, 2019 at 7:54 am

    The recipe I use for elderberry syrup also calls for ground cloves. I am curious if you’ve ever added cloves to yours

    • Reply
      October 14, 2019 at 8:14 am

      I’ve added a pinch of ground cloves in with the honey before. You can definitely add some if you’d like!

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      Dawn Garbes
      March 26, 2020 at 5:34 am

      Perfect ! Thank you for your response. I just made it yesterday and my husband is already putting it in his tea. Now the true test , will my grand daughters take it ? Lol

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    January 15, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    You said it can be stored up 2-3 weeks in the fridge. If you were to make in this in bulk could it be frozen to lengthen use?

    • Reply
      January 15, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Hi there – absolutely! Up to 6 months in the freezer should be just fine. Maybe even longer. I’ve frozen it in individual ice cube sized portions before and it thawed great.

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    February 18, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Wow I can’t wait to try this recipe! It sounds A LOT simpler than I thought it would be!

    • Reply
      February 18, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Hope you love it!

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    Sarah Kocina
    February 29, 2020 at 10:54 am

    This sounds awesome. Would you be able to double the recipe for a large batch? Thanks!

    • Reply
      February 29, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Absolutely! That will work just fine. Thanks Sarah!

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    March 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Have you noticed a difference since your familystarted taking elderberry more regularly, with getting sick less frequently and/or shorter sicknesses?

    • Reply
      March 5, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Absolutely! I’m not as on top of using it as a preventative measure as I should be, but when we get sick it definitely helps boost our immune system and helps us get over illnesses quicker.

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    March 6, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Hello! Step 7 states “Poor into glass jar” as opposed to pour. I thought you may want to correct this spelling. Thank you for the recipe, we’ll be trying it tomorrow.

    • Reply
      March 7, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Lol! Thanks for the catch, Rich. Enjoy the recipe!

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    April 26, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I’m excited to try this!
    Do you know if you can freeze the syrup and it will keep its benefits?

    • Reply
      April 26, 2020 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Hannah! Yes! You can totally freeze this elderberry syrup and it will still keep its benefits. You can freeze it in an ice cube tray for individual servings, or freeze it in bulk in a glass jar, or freezer safe container. Good luck!

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    October 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    How many cups does the recipe make if 1/4c of honey is added for every 1 cup of juice? Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Reply
      October 29, 2020 at 8:45 am

      Hi Heather! Sorry for the late response…it will make about 1 to 1 1 /4 cup of syrup. Enjoy!

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