Elderberry Syrup Recipe – Cold & Flu Remedy – Instant Pot or Stovetop

January 8, 2018Van
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Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 20 Oz

Every time I make this, I feel like I’m at Hogwarts in Professor Snape’s class whipping up some sort of magical potion.

Elderberries have been used as a remedy for thousands of years to prevent and treat colds and influenza. These magical little berries boost antioxidant levels which can shorten our cold duration—but more importantly this syrup will help deal with that pesky phlegm that never seems to go away. The two main ingredients are honey and dried elderberries (purchase here).

In fact, a peer reviewed study In the Journal of International Medicine Research showed that those taking an elderberry syrup supplement with their flu recovered FOUR DAYS faster than those who shunned the mystery potion!

Now I don’t know about you but, as a busy mother I NEED those extra days…life’s too short to spend it sick.

If you have kids, check out these other Elderberry Syrup Recipes:
Elderberry Syrup Gummy Bears Recipe
Elderberry Syrup Mini Popsicles Recipe

Elderberry Syrup Ingredients

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 20 Oz

Immunity Booster and Cold & Flu Remedy



  • ½ Cup Dried Elderberries
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 2½ Cups Filtered Water
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks, or 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger Root, (optional)
  • 7 Whole Cloves, (optional)


  • 1)

    INSTANT POT: Place all the ingredients except for the honey into the Instant Pot. Set for Manual / High Pressure for 30 minutes. Let it do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes then switch the nob to venting to release the rest of the pressure.

    STOVETOP: Place all the ingredients into a large pot except for the honey. Add an extra 2 cups of filtered water. Bring it to a boil then simmer for about 1 hour or until the mixture has reduced by about half.

    You can omit any of the spices if you prefer, the store bought syrup usually doesn’t contain any spices, but I add them for the additional health benefits.

  • 2)

    Strain the mixture then add the honey and mix well. Store the syrup in glass bottles or mason jars. It should keep well for several months in the refrigerator.

Adult Serving: 2 Teaspoons
Kid’s Serving: 1 Teaspoon

Take one serving a day to boost your immune system or every 3 hours if you have a cold or flu. Do not give this to babies under 1 years old since they can not consume honey until they are one. Check with your pediatrician if your child is under 3 years old. Always consult with your medical doctor if you have a serious illness. If taking medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before taking any supplements or trying out natural remedies.

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