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Elderberry Syrup & Gummies

This syrup can be made into gummies, poured over pancakes, or just drunk straight. 


  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup honey

For gummies

  • 1/4 cup elderberry syrup
  • 1/3 cup powdered gelatin (grab an organic, naturally sourced brand from grass-fed or free-range animals. You can also get marine gelatin and make these vegan!)
  • 1/2 cup hot water


Elderberry syrup made in the Instant Pot

  1. Add berries, water, orange juice and cinnamon stick to Instant Pot

    Instant pot with elderberries and measuring cup
  2. Cover, seal the lid, and set for 20 minutes

  3. Allow pressure to release naturally (about 10 minutes) and remove the lid. 

  4. Using a fine-mesh strainer strain the syrup into a big bowl to let it cool for about 15 minutes

  5. Once the syrup has cooled add the honey. If you add the honey to the syrup straight out of the pot it will kill all the helpful enzymes in the honey. 

  6. Pour into a fridge-safe container (mason jars are good) and you're set! Adults should drink 1-2 tbsp 2-3x per day. Kids over 1 can have 1-2 tsp 2-3x per day. Or, turn it into gummies!

Elderberry gummies

  1. Get your silicone trays ready beforehand - things move fast after you add the gelatin to the syrup.  I find putting them on a cookie tray contains any mess and keeps them sturdy. 

  2. Add the elderberry syrup to a measuring cup that holds 3-4 cups

  3. Stir in the gelatin

  4. Add the hot water slowly and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

  5. Immediately start filling your moulds.  Either use a dropper to fill small moulds, or pour the mixture into larger ones.  If the mix starts getting solid you can put it in the microwave for 10 seconds, or keep the whole measuring cup in a larger bowl of hot water. 

  6. Let the gummies get solid in the fridge for at least 1 hour, and then pop them out of the moulds. Store in the fridge.  Start with eating 1-2 per day, and you can work up to 5 or 6. I'll warn you though - start small.  Gelatin can do interesting things to your digestive system if you're not used to eating it every day.