Homemade Elderflower Syrup

elderflower syrup

 🍴  Servings: ~

🥣 Category: Drink

💪 Difficulty Level: 3/5 

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The wonderful elderflower syrup

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a shrub or small tree whose flowers and berries have long been used as food and for medicinal purposes in various cultures. In the following recipe, we make a wonderful elderflower syrup from the flowers of the plant, which, when diluted with soda water, makes an excellent cooling drink on a hot summer’s day.

Mythology and cultural significance of elderberry

Elderberries have a symbolic and mythological significance in various cultures. In ancient Roman culture, for example, the elder was a symbol of fertility and femininity. In Anglo-Saxon culture, spiritual powers and protective properties were attributed to the elder tree. According to some folk traditions, the elder tree drives away evil spirits and evil powers.


Elderflowers – source: https://www.herbalreality.com/

Medicinal and traditional use

Elderflowers and berries have been integral to traditional folk medicine for their therapeutic properties. Traditionally, elderflowers were consumed as tea or syrup to alleviate symptoms of colds and sore throats. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other beneficial substances, both elderflowers and berries contribute to immune system strengthening and overall health maintenance.

In modern medicine, elderflower has found application in treating inflammatory lung conditions, such as pleurisy, especially in viral illnesses with inflammatory characteristics like scarlet fever and measles. Elderflower tea is believed to promote expectoration, enhance fluid elimination through sweat, and serve as a valuable method for managing fever. The increased sweating facilitates the expulsion of viral materials, aiding in the detoxification process by releasing heat from the body.

Elderflower is recognized for its efficacy in addressing influenza and the common cold, particularly in the early stages of illness. Additionally, it acts as a tonifying agent for the skin and can be applied as a lotion or distilled water to remedy mild to moderate skin blemishes, ultimately enhancing complexion.

Culinary use

Elderflowers and berries are also used for various culinary purposes. The flowers are used to make jams, syrups and liqueurs. Elderflower syrup is often diluted as a drink or used in cocktails. Elderflower jam and cake are also popular, especially in spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom.

Elderflowers, with their delicate floral notes, are a culinary treasure adding a unique touch to various dishes and beverages. The blossoms are commonly used to infuse syrups, creating desserts, and sauces. Chefs often incorporate elderflower into ice creams, sorbets, and jellies, imparting a subtle yet enchanting flavor. The flowers’ versatility shines in salad dressings and marinades, offering a hint of floral complexity. Whether adorning cakes or infusing jams, elderflowers bring an ethereal, culinary charm, transforming ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary delights.

Ingredients for 4,2 litres of elderflower syrup:

– 2 kg of granulated sugar
– 2 litres of water
– 20-25 elderflowers
– 5 organic lemons
– 50 g of citric acid


  1. Boil the sugar in water until it melts. Leave to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Place elderflowers in the sweet water. Use insect-free flowers and do not wash them beforehand, as this will wash the pollen out of them.
  3. Add sliced lemons and citric acid. Mix well and place in a cool place for 5 days. Stir well every day.
  4. After 5 days, drain the syrup and boil it. Fill it into clean and heat-treated bottles. Close the bottles tightly and keep them warm for 12 hours under blankets, textiles, etc.
  5. Enjoy your elderflower syrup diluted with sparkling water. Once opened, keep it in the fridge. If stored in a cool place without being opened, our elderflower syrup will maintain its quality and delightful taste for up to 1 year.

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