Elderberry Recipes


Elderberries are celebrated for their rich flavor and health benefits, making them a fantastic ingredient for a variety of recipes.

These recipes showcase elderberries' versatility, from soothing teas and syrups to delightful desserts and homemade wine, offering a wonderful way to enjoy this nutritious and flavorful berry.

When replacing fresh elderberries with dried elderberries in recipes, it's important to account for the difference in volume and moisture content. Dried elderberries are more concentrated and potent than their fresh counterparts, so you'll use less. A general rule of thumb for the equivalent is:

  • 1 cup of fresh elderberries = 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of dried elderberries

The exact amount can vary depending on the recipe and how potent you want the elderberry flavor to be. For making juice or other recipes where elderberries are rehydrated or simmered, starting with 1/3 cup of dried elderberries for every cup of fresh called for is a good baseline. You can adjust according to taste and desired intensity.

Remember to rehydrate dried elderberries before use, especially in recipes that don't involve cooking or simmering them in liquid, to ensure they release their flavors fully and attain a more pleasant texture. To rehydrate, soak them in warm water for about 1-2 hours or until they plump up.

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Elderberry Muffins

Elderberry muffins are a delightful treat that combines the unique flavor of elderberries with the comforting texture of a classic muffin. Here's a simple recipe to make your own elderberry muffins:


  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen elderberries (if using dried elderberries, rehydrate them in warm water for about 30 minutes and drain before use)

Optional Crumb Topping:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat Oven & Prepare Muffin Pan: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper liners.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Combine Wet Ingredients: In a measuring cup or small bowl, beat the egg with the vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined; do not overmix. Gently fold in the elderberries.
  5. Prepare Crumb Topping (Optional): Mix the sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl until crumbly.
  6. Fill Muffin Cups: Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full. If using, sprinkle the crumb topping over each.
  7. Bake: Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool: Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy these elderberry muffins as a delightful breakfast treat, a sweet snack, or a dessert. The unique flavor of elderberries, combined with the moist and tender crumb of the muffins, makes for a truly special baked good that's sure to impress.

elderberry syrup

Elderberry Syrup


  • 1 cup fresh or dried elderberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A few cloves
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger


  1. Combine elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Mash the berries to release their juice, then strain the mixture.
  4. Mix in honey while the liquid is warm. Store in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator.

Elderberry Juice

Making elderberry juice is a simple process that unlocks the health benefits and rich flavors of this nutritious berry. Here’s a straightforward method to make your own elderberry juice at home:


  • 1 cup fresh or dried elderberries (If using dried elderberries, they should be rehydrated first. Soak them in water for 1-2 hours or until they plump up.)
  • 3-4 cups water (Use less water for a stronger juice and more for a lighter flavor.)
  • Optional: Sweetener of your choice (honey, sugar, or stevia), to taste
  • Optional: Spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, or ginger for added flavor


  1. Prepare Elderberries: If you're using fresh elderberries, make sure to carefully wash them and remove any stems or leaves, as these parts of the plant can be toxic. For dried elderberries, ensure they're well rehydrated.
  2. Cook Elderberries: In a large pot, combine the elderberries and water. If you’re adding optional spices for flavor, add them now. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes. This process helps to extract the juice and flavors from the berries.
  3. Mash the Berries: After simmering, use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to gently mash the berries against the side of the pot. This step helps release more juice from the berries.
  4. Strain the Juice: Set up a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a large bowl or another pot. Carefully pour the berry mixture through the strainer to separate the juice from the pulp and seeds. If using a cheesecloth, you can gather it up and gently squeeze to extract as much juice as possible.
  5. Sweeten the Juice (Optional): While the juice is still warm, you can add a sweetener to taste. Honey, sugar, or a sugar substitute can be stirred in until fully dissolved. Adjust the amount of sweetener based on your preference and the natural tartness of the berries.
  6. Cool and Store: Allow the juice to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to airtight containers or bottles. Refrigerate the juice and consume it within a week. For longer storage, elderberry juice can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for several months.

Elderberry juice can be enjoyed on its own, diluted with water or another juice, or used as a base for making elderberry syrup, cocktails, or other beverages. Not only is it delicious, but elderberry juice is also packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and immune-boosting properties, making it a healthy addition to your diet.

elderberry juice

Elderberry Jelly


  • 3 cups elderberry juice (from fresh or dried elderberries)
  • 1 package powdered pectin
  • 4½ cups sugar


  1. Mix elderberry juice and pectin in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Add sugar, stirring constantly, and return to a full boil for 1 minute.
  3. Pour into sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch of headspace, and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Elderberry Tea



  1. Steep elderberries in boiling water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Strain and add honey or lemon to taste before serving.

Elderberry Pie


  • 4 cups fresh elderberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pie crust (top and bottom)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Mix elderberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice.
  3. Pour the mixture into a pie crust, then cover with the top crust. Seal edges and cut slits in the top.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Elderberry Wine


  • 5 pounds fresh elderberries
  • 2.5 pounds sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 packet wine yeast


  1. Simmer elderberries in water for 30 minutes, then mash and strain to extract the juice.
  2. Dissolve sugar in the juice, cool to room temperature, and add yeast.
  3. Ferment in a sanitized container, covered loosely, for about a week, then seal and ferment for several months before bottling.

For more about Elderberry and it's health benefits, visit our Elderberry page.

For Elderflower recipes, visit our Elderflower recipe page.


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