Elderberry Cough Syrup

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Chef Joey Z.

I got this recipe from my friend Bethan in Wales. She's a vegetarian and always attends these wonderful meetings that involve very health conscious people. She often shares things with me and I was delighted when she sent me this little brochure with 3 very interesting Herbal Recipes that were put out by the West Wales Herb Group. I thought I'd share them with everyone on Recipezaar. I haven't made any of these as of yet, but if I do, I'll use agave nectar in it instead of sugar.

Top Review by IMED400

Based on all my research, if you heat the elderberries you destroy the anti-viral compound. My suggestion is to put the clean elderberries in the freezer for a week, which also helps with the flavor. Then thaw the berries in the amount of warm water called for in the recipe without simmering. I would smash them in the water and then drain through a seive.

When I make an elderberry tincture I do a straight alcohol extraction with 190 proof grain alcohol. However, this is not kid friendly so I would try the above suggestion. Hope this helps!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Simmer the three above ingredients in 1 pint (2 cups of water) for 20 minutes.
  2. Let stand for 1/2 hour.
  3. Strain through a sieve pressing well.
  4. Then, add enough water to the simmered ingredients to bring the volume back up to 1 pint of liquid.
  5. Add the sugar and gently heat to dissolve the sugar in the hot liquid.
  6. Allow to cool and then pour into dark bottles and keep somewhere cool.
  7. Dosage: 2 teaspoons in a little water 3 times a day.

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