Elderberry Syrup: 3 Recipes for Elderberry Syrup, Gummies & Drinks

By: Mike Dunn | Kristina Guerrero | Victor Padilla Posted: 8:41 AM, Mar 11, 2019 Updated: 11:14 AM, Mar 12, 2019

The humble elderberry has recently surged in popularity. And according to Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, it’s outpacing echinacea as America’s go-to herb for handling immune system challenges. To show us how to get more elderberry into our bodies, certified nutritionist Judy Nicassio has three tasty natural defense recipes – including elderberry syrup and elderberry gummies!


Elderberry Syrup Recipe

It starts with elderberry syrup made in an instant pot as our base. “It’s really simple. All we’re gonna do is put all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and it takes like seven minutes to make it.” You’ll combine the water and elderberries with an orange, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and honey. Then put the instant pot on manual for seven minutes. When it’s done, strain the syrup into a glass container and store in the refrigerator. Get the full elderberry syrup recipe below!



  • 2 cups elderberries
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla paste
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 1/2 cup Raw honey



  • Place elderberries, water, cinnamon sticks, ginger and vanilla into an Instant Pot.
  • Zest the orange and the lemon.  Juice the lemon and orange.  Throw the remaining orange and lemon into the pot after juicing. As it cooks, it will melt down and all the parts of the fruit will flavor the syrup.
  • Seal the Instant Pot and set it to “manual” on “high pressure” for 7 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off, set the valve to “vent” and strain the mixture into a sieve over a bowl.  Squeeze the mixture through the sieve with the back of the spoon until no more liquid comes out. Discard the remaining berries and citrus.
  • Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature add in your honey.  Feel free to add in more if you require more sweetness.
  • Pour into a refrigerator safe container. Drink each morning to boost your immunity!


Elderberry Gummies

elderberry gummies

Next, use the same elderberry syrup recipe to make elderberry gummies. “Something that’s really fun, especially for kids, is right here we have these molds, the silicone molds, that are little bear-shaped,” shares Judy. “We already have the syrup made, so we can use the syrup and just add some gelatin and some hot water.” Use a whisk to mix the syrup and gelatin until you get a semi-thick, smooth consistency. Then use an eye dropper to put the mixture into the molds. Place the mold into a refrigerator for 2 hours to allow them to set. Get the full elderberry gummies recipe below!



  • Glass container or silicon molds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup elderberry syrup
  • ¼ cup gelatin powder
  • ½ cup hot but not boiling water



  • Grease molds or glass pan with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place ¼ cup of cooled elderberry syrup in a 2-cup measuring cup and quickly whisk in the gelatin powder.
  • Add the ½ cup of hot (not boiling) water and stir quickly until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the elderberry syrup and stir or whisk until completely smooth.
  • Pour into molds and refrigerate for 2 hours or until completely firm.
  • Pop out of molds and store in airtight container with parchment paper between layers.



Elderberry Mocktail

Finally, if you want to give your elderberry a sparkling kick – make a simple mocktail. “You can make a mocktail with the syrup and just some seltzer water and some ice,” offers Judy.

Then garnish with lime, thyme or mint.



  • Elderberry syrup (see recipe above)
  • Seltzer water
  • Lime, Sprig of mint or thyme
  • Ice
  • Alcohol Optional


  • Fill a tall glass with ice
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of Elderberry syrup
  • Fill the rest of the glass with Seltzer water
  • Add lime, mint or thyme
  • Alcohol Optional


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