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Elderberry syrup

This recipe is definitely not just for ordinary juice in water. It is a great helper for the treatment of colds and the problems that accompany the flu.

Elderberries contain health-promoting substances, and you can not only put this creation on a spoon, but feel free to drizzle it over pancakes, ice cream or prepare something sweet to go with it. When you go through the waffle recipes and prepare them, feel free to taste them too.


  • 1 cup fresh elderberries
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground ginger
  • 1 cup of good quality honey


  • Pour elderberries into the pot, cover with water, throw in a cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. As soon as the mixture boils, reduce the temperature and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the elderberries to release all the juice.
  • Then we prepare another pot, put a fine sieve on it and strain the mixture.
  • The pulp will remain in the sieve and only the clear liquid/juice will enter the pot.
  • Leave to cool and then stir in the honey. Mix thoroughly to combine everything and transfer to a glass sealable container.
  • This syrup will last 2 to 3 months in the refrigerator.
A great elderberry syrup for home use.

Elderberry lemonade

This is a pure spring or summer drink that not only smells amazing, but also tastes great. Thanks to other great ingredients in the form of honey and lemon, you will come back to this recipe regularly. After all, what smells better than fresh elderflowers.


  • 15 elderflowers (the bigger the better)
  • 1 cup of honey
  • Zest from 4 chemically untreated lemons
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice


  • We prepare a heat-resistant container in which we stack elderflowers, lemon peel and cover with honey.
  • Then heat 1 cup of water in a small pot. Just before it reaches the boiling point, turn it off and pour it over the flower mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly to combine everything. Cover with a piece of cloth, set aside and let rest for several hours.
  • Elderflowers are soaked and a delicious infusion is created.
  • Then mix again and strain through a fine sieve into a large jug, or any other container, from which we pour it into a glass jug.
  • When we are done, we add the remaining 7 cups of water, lemon juice, mix a lot and we can serve.
  • If you want, you can add a few ice cubes to the jug or put it in glasses before serving.

Tip: When we have ready lemonade and syrup, we can use both creations and prepare a quick elderberry ice cream.
All we need is 450 ml of lemonade and 2 tablespoons of elderberry syrup, which we put in a bowl or measuring cup.
Mix thoroughly and pour into ice cream molds, or into cups if you don’t have molds. Let it freeze and we’re done.

A refreshing elderflower lemonade for hot summer days.

Elderberry juice

Simple but very tasty. That’s exactly what this recipe for delicious homemade elderberry juice is. It is a traditional and popular Nordic recipe that has been used for many years.


  • 2.5 kg of elderberries
  • 12 apples
  • 1 liter of water
  • 800 g of sugar


  • We clean the elderberries from almost all the branches and twigs, wash them thoroughly and put them in a large pot.
  • Wash the apples, remove the cores, cut them into pieces and add them to the pot with the elderberries.
  • Cover with water and bring to a boil. Let it cook for about 30 minutes, or until the berries release all their juice.
  • Prepare another large pot, put a clean cloth or a fine sieve over it and pour the mixture into it.
  • Using a spoon or a wooden spoon, squeeze the berries as much as possible to get all the juice out of them.
  • When we mash everything, we leave the sieve on the pot so that everything really drips off.
  • As soon as we have finished dripping, remove the sieve or cloth, place the pot on the stove and heat the concentrated juice over medium heat.
  • Add the sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until all the sugar has dissolved.
  • When this happens and the sugar is incorporated into the juice, we can remove it from the heat and pour it into a prepared, clean, resealable bottle.
  • Close the filled bottle well and let it cool.
  • Then just keep the juice in the cold and use as needed and to taste.
Great elderberry juice for making homemade lemonade or juice.

Fermented honey

There is no doubt that elderberries have miraculous effects on our health. In this form, they are of great benefit in strengthening our immune system. The finished product is very tasty and will also benefit us in terms of health.


  • 1 cup fresh black elderberries (red ones don’t go well with this honey)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup raw honey


  • Place the elderberries in a 500 ml stoneware container and add honey. It is important that it completely covers all the berries, but there is a space of approx. 2.5 – 3 cm from the edge.
  • Cover the upper part of the container with a piece of parchment paper and close it with a metal lid.
  • Turn the well-closed container upside down and leave it in this position for about 1 hour so that the honey reaches every part of the container and coats each individual berry.
  • Turn the jar upside down again and wait for the honey and elderberries to settle and the air bubbles to disappear. It may be necessary to add more honey.
  • We loosen the lid to allow air to escape during fermentation and put the container in a place where the temperature is constant and there is no danger of dropping it.
  • During the first 2-3 days, we will continuously turn the container, always tightening the lid before turning it upside down. However, as soon as we return it to the position with the lid on top, we loosen it again to allow air to escape.
  • After 2-3 days, small bubbles will start to form on the surface and the honey will become a little thinner. If the container is in a cooler place, it will take longer.
  • In about one to two weeks, a large number of bubbles will begin to appear. Sometimes we stir the honey so that it so-called bubbles.
  • The honey is ready to use at that point and will continue to slowly ferment over the following weeks.
  • Before we consume the honey, we remove the elderberries from it.
  • We use 1 spoon two to three times a day whenever we feel that some disease is creeping up on us or we just use it as a prevention.
Elderberry honey prepared by fermentation.

Lemon flavored marmalade

Is there anything more enticing than the aroma of fresh bread wafting through the whole household and fresh butter with homemade jam or marmalade? If elderberries are also its main ingredient, then we are guaranteed a great taste.


  • 1.8 – 2 kg of ripe elderberries
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from chemically untreated lemons
  • 1 bag of pectin
  • 4 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter


  • Fill the kitchen sink with clean water and immerse all the elderberries in it. It is important to rinse them very thoroughly, so we first soak them and then rinse them under running water.
  • Then we take one bunch of elderberries at a time and carefully pick off the individual berries. They should be ripe, either blue or black in color, but there is no harm in a little unripe green berries, as they contain more pectin and their use will be beneficial in making marmalade.
  • Transfer the elderberries to a large pot and mash them with a potato masher to release the juices.
  • We turn on the stove on a medium heat, put a pot with elderberries on it and bring to a boil, trying to crush everything as much as possible.
  • As soon as the contents of the pot reach a boil, reduce the heat and let it cook for another 10 minutes. Only then remove from the heat.
  • Prepare another large pot, put a large sieve with fine mesh on it and pour the hot mixture into it.
  • We slowly and very carefully squeeze the berries so that all the juice flows into the second pot. Let it drain for about 1-2 hours, it depends on the fineness of the sieve.
  • Put 3 cups of the juice that has dripped off in the meantime into a large pot, add pectin, lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle granulated sugar, add butter and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture reaches boiling point.
  • If the mixture starts to foam a lot, we have to lower the heat and keep stirring.
  • The mixture will foam up, so you need to keep an eye on it. The butter will prevent the level from reaching too high.
  • Remove the finished mixture from the stove and while it is still hot, divide it into the prepared clean glasses. We cover and turn the lid down.
  • If you want, you can boil the jars for another 5 minutes to make sure that no mold forms on the surface.
  • Allow to cool and store in a cool place where the temperature is constant.
Luxurious elderberry jelly with lemon juice.

Soft muffins

Elderberries can be used to make many goodies, and sweet pastries are definitely one of them. The preparation is extremely simple and quick, and the result will definitely surprise you with its delicious taste.


  • 2 cups semi-coarse flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup homemade applesauce
  • 1 cup fresh elderberries (berries)


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and prepare a muffin tin, which we spray with cooking spray and put a paper cup of the appropriate size in each hole.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl, put eggs, applesauce and whisk.
  • Add the elderberries and mix thoroughly again.
  • Finally, mix into the dry mixture and divide into muffin tins with a spoon.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for approx. 15-20 minutes.
  • After baking, take it out of the oven and let it rest for a while.
  • Then it is enough to take it out with a basket and we can consume it.

Tip: If you want, you can sprinkle the muffins with icing sugar or dip them in chocolate glaze, or decorate them with whipped cream and sugar decorations.

Soft and fluffy elderberry muffins.

A quick smoothie

Simple and ready with lightning speed. This recipe will delight you with its simplicity and delicious taste. The drink perfectly refreshes and caresses your taste buds.


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (you can also use soy milk)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of homemade elderberry syrup


  • Put all the ingredients in a smoothie blender and blend thoroughly.
  • If we don’t have a blender specifically designed for smoothies, we use the classic desktop one.
  • The finished drink is intended for direct consumption.
A milk drink with the taste of elderberries and blueberries.

Fried elderflowers

We all love the classic schnitzel, but I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes it doesn’t hurt to try something different, unconventional, that we’ve never tried before. Elderberries are a grateful ingredient and they taste great when prepared in a luxurious dough.


  • 12 fresh elder flowers
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup light beer
  • Sunflower oil for frying


  • We start by thoroughly rinsing the elderflowers and letting them drain.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar together.
  • Add the beer and mix to form a slightly thick dough. If it gets too thick, add more beer.
  • Pour 3 cm of sunflower oil into a deep pan and heat it to 180 degrees.
  • Dip the drained flower heads in the batter so that they are completely submerged, then let them drip a little over the bowl.
  • Carefully place in a pan with hot oil. Fry for about 1-2 minutes until light golden brown.
  • After removing, put them on a plate with kitchen paper towels to get rid of excess oil from the heads.
  • We fry them all in this way one by one. We can serve them in sweet or salty form.
  • The salty version is ideal with fries and tartare. For the sweet one, all you have to do is pour maple syrup or liquid honey over the fried heads or dust them with powdered sugar. A scoop of vanilla ice cream also goes well with it.
Elderflowers coated in a tasty beer batter and fried like a classic schnitzel.

Christmas homemade liqueur

When you’re already trying recipes with this popular plant, the liquid version, which we can offer to visitors during the Christmas holidays, must not be missing. A small “printer” always pleases and warms you during the winter months.


  • 300 g of ripe elderberries (berries)
  • 300 g of sweet hard candies (e.g. drops)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (whole cinnamon)
  • 700 ml of white rum


  • We pick all the ripe berries. We dispose of those that are green. Place in a sieve and rinse thoroughly.
  • Put the washed elderberries in a pot, add half of the sweet candies.
  • Cut the vanilla bean into two halves, but leave one end connected, and add it to the pot with the cinnamon together with the elderberries.
  • Bring to a boil and stir very often.
  • Let it cool and then put the remaining candies in the bottle, cover with the cooled mixture and add rum.
  • Seal well and invert the bottle several times to mix the mixture.
  • Place in a cool, dark place where the temperature will be constant (do not refrigerate).
  • The liqueur needs to mature for 6 weeks, while we will shake it regularly. Twice a week is enough.
  • After the maturation period, the liqueur will have the right developed taste.
  • We will prepare a clean container, put a fine sieve on it and pour the liquor into it so that it can be strained and get rid of the remaining berries and spices.
  • Pour the finished liqueur into a clean bottle or two smaller ones and you can consume it.
Top-quality elderberry liqueur for festive occasions.

What can elderberries help with?

  • In febrile diseases of the respiratory tract.
  • During a cold.
  • Soothes spasms of the digestive tract.
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica inflammation

What do they contain?

  • Sugars
  • Malic acid
  • Tannins
  • Pectin
  • Vitamin A, C and group B vitamins
  • Pantothenic acid

Also take a look at how elderberries are harvested.

How to Harvest Elderberry Sambucus canadensis

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