Posted by: Moira Drexler | June 19, 2011

Elderberry Syrup Family Recipe, if we can do it, so can you!

I just have to share this with you.  It tastes so good, it is natural, it is easy to make and the recipe has been passed down from generation to generation.

10 to 12 of these bunches are required for this recipe.

Every year, we gather up the kids, go for a bike ride and hunt out elderberry trees to collect the flowers to make a syrup.  It has just become a family activity that we enjoy and it keeps the children away from the computer games and most of all we have fun.


1 litre of good wine vinegar

2kg sugar

Juice of two lemons

10-12 Elderberry flowers (Twelves bunches)

Mix all the ingredients together and leave for 6 days.

Here are the Elderberry flowers floating in the mixture.

Stir daily until all the sugar is dissolved.

Close up of the elderbery flowers

Strain the liquid and bottle.

It stores for years.

We mix the syrup with tap water, also with bottled mineral water.

On a sunny afternoon, some syrup in the bottom of the prosecco glass mixed with prosecco makes a wonderful aperitif!



  1. Unfortunately there are no elderbery trees in Brisbane that I know of.

  2. I don’t think Elderberry trees grow in Australia at all. They seem to be in Europe and North America. The taste is wonderful!

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