Quick and Easy Elderflower Syrup Recipe

With all the elder trees currently blossoming in some parts of the USA, why not make your own elderflower syrup ?

Elderflower syrup is not only delicious, but also has many health benefits.

They have been historically used for protection against respiratory bugs.

Science today has also demostrated the immune-modulating effect of the flowers.

Elderflowers contain many  flavonoids, particularly flavones and flavonols,  known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Components like quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins, have also been shown to have antiviral properties.

Follow this simple recipe to make your own tasty elderflower syrup.


Elderflower Syrup

Elderflower Syrup

  • 4 cups (1 liter) water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons of citric acid
  • about 2 cups elderflowers (approx. 25-30 elderflower heads seperated from the stems)


  1. Rinse the flowers with some running cold water to get rid of any insects.
  2. Seperate the flowers from the stems into a large bowl.
  3. Boil the water and sugar in a large pot until fully dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the elderflowers, lemon juice and citric acid .
  5. Cover the pot with a clean cloth and let the mixture sit for 48 hours.
  6. Strain the mixture and bring the resulting liquid to a boil.
  7. Fill the hot syrup into bottles, seal them and let them cool.

Store in a cool place and serve by adding a few tablespoons of the syrup to a glass of water or other drink of your choice.


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