Elderberry Syrup Recipe with Lemon and Cloves

homemade elderberry syrup in swing top bottle

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Elderberry, lemon and cloves combine for a gentle syrup for colds and coughs.


Units Scale
  • 1 pint elderberry juice
  • 1lb (450g) of sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 10 whole cloves


  1. Sterilize two 16-ounce jars or four 8-ounce jars, keep hot. Heat lids and rings in hot water, keep warm but not boiling. Fill water bath canner and bring to boil.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large, non-reactive pot. Heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil and boil for ten minutes (this infuses the flavor of the spices into the syrup).
  3. Strain out cloves and ladle hot syrup into sterilized jars leaving 1/4″ headspace. Wipe rims clean and screw on the lids.
  4. Process for 10 minutes in water bath canner (add 1 minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level). Makes around 1-2 pints (3-4 cups) of syrup.


Adapted from Ashridge Trees in the UK.