Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 20 mins

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.


  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.
Most Helpful

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!

IMED400 August 24, 2010

I was looking for an elderberry tincture that my kids would take. They've tried the glycerin one and hate it. I tried this with 3/4 honey instead of sugar and dried elderberries, and it tastes great! It's easier to take for the kids in a hot tea. But at least I don't have to argue as much to get them to take it. I decided to keep it in the fridge. Will update as to the medicinal quality after this batch of colds. I started it a little late for one child, but the other one just started it. Thanks Chef Joey! UPDATE: This does seem to help with the colds, as long as it's started right away. My kids now take it straight, 2-3 tsp at a time. UPDATE: This made it into my Top Fav's of 2009 cookbook (as probably my absolute favorite recipe of this year! We've made many batches.) Original Review 05-05-09.

WI Cheesehead January 04, 2010

This Stuff Works!!!! I make this every fall and put it in clean scalded jars. I replace part of the sugar with honey and add lemon juice then heat it to boiling. All of the grandchildren take it without trouble, they even ask for it! I also freeze berries and make new batches when needed. It helps my husbands smokers cough. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing !!!

Grand-Mere December 29, 2009