The Best Elderberry Recipes

Michael Gonzales
December 22, 2023

Elderberry recipes that feature this prolific berry’s immune-boosting properties are some of the best elderberry dishes around. Try kid-friendly elderberry syrup gummies (made with grass-fed gelatin) or these delectable elderberry thumbprint cookies, and for drinks try homemade Elderberry Cordial or make your own Hedgerow Martini using vodka or gin!

Sweet-tart flavors of elderberry pairs beautifully with several savory dishes, especially gamey meats such as venison. Try whipping up an elderberry sauce to accompany these gamey meats!


Elderberries possess a delightful combination of sweet and tart flavors, making them versatile in both savory and sweet recipes. Their versatility allows for them to pair beautifully with rich meats like gamey fare as well as poultry or pork dishes such as this delicious roast chicken with elderberry glaze recipe. Elderberry syrup works wonders as an addition to glaze ham or mix into beef sauce recipes; their sweet-tart taste also works wonderfully in desserts like this simple yet delectable blackberry pancake recipe or mixed into salads as an autumn or winter twist on classic Southwestern salad recipes!

Elderberry syrup is one of the most beloved ways of enjoying its fruit, particularly during cold and flu season, when it can serve as a natural immune booster. Elderberries can also add a delicious twist to baked goods like muffins and scones as well as cocktails, ice cream, and pies! Elderberry syrup is easy to make and only requires minimal ingredients- many of which you may be able to find foraging around your own backyard! If foraging elderberries isn’t possible or time doesn’t permit making your own, there are numerous pre-made elderberry products available that you can purchase instead.

To make elderberry syrup, combine elderberries and water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil before turning down the heat and simmering it for 10 minutes, until liquid has reduced by half. Use a fork or potato masher to mash elderberries while mixing in any additional flavors such as ginger, lemon zest or cinnamon as desired (this is just an approximate recipe; amount can be tailored specifically). When your desired consistency has been reached, store in fridge before enjoying alone or sweetening beverages!

When making homemade syrup, only use elderberries that have reached full bloom without any flowers attached – these contain toxic compounds which could potentially lead to nausea and vomiting, so it is crucial that these are removed prior to using the berries in recipes or medicine.


Elderberries are a delicious autumnal wild fruit, making a delightful addition to many savory dishes. Their distinct flavor complements other fruits, vegetables and herbs beautifully, offering some real health benefits beyond culinary use – like helping prevent and treat colds, flu and even the common cold! Packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential for immune system functioning as well as lower blood sugar levels – Elderberries may even reduce inflammation while slowing aging processes!

Are you searching for new ways to enjoy elderberries? Consider adding them to soups, stews, salads and sandwiches, bread pudding or tarts; or fold into bread dough along with fall ingredients like apples, plums and pears for crisps and tarts with sweet custard fillings. Elderberry syrup makes an excellent addition to cocktails like sangria or mulled wine and has similar characteristics as pomegranate juice, making a refreshing winter sangria or mulled wine recipe!

Elderberries make for a versatile savory ingredient when prepared as a flavorful chutney or sauce, providing an irresistibly sweet-and-tangy condiment perfect for cheeses, charcuterie plates and many other savory meals. DIY versions are quick and simple ways to save money when buying expensive jars of this specialty ingredient.

Dried elderberries make an irresistibly satisfying tea that’s packed with antioxidants and can help ward off colds. All it takes to create this soothing drink is dried elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and honey in about an hour – and voila: an awesome beverage perfect for soothing both throats and bodies alike!

Making spiced pickle with elderberries is an excellent way to utilize an abundance of elderberries and is perfect for pork, poultry and fish dishes alike – plus picnics and barbecues! Fresh or dried elderberries can be used; instructions include how to process it in boiling water bath to make shelf-stable products for storage purposes.


If you love sweet treats, elderberry desserts offer plenty of delicious choices to satisfy your sweet tooth. By adding these delicate yet tarty berries to baked goods such as muffins and tartelettes, elderberries add both flavor and nutrition – as well as adding autumnal charm! For something refreshing try adding elderberry syrup to fruit smoothie bowls or iced tea as an autumnal touch.

Making homemade elderberry syrup is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to enjoy these nutritious berries, using black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) along with flavorful herbs like cinnamon and ginger for flavor, plus raw honey for immunity-boosting benefits. While you may find natural elderberry syrups available at health food stores, making your own can provide cost-effective and time-effective solution that meets all your family’s tastes and needs.

Elderberries make a delicious healthy dessert when combined with delicious ingredients such as red peppers and citrus strips for an irresistibly refreshing winter salad, or can even be combined with garam masala spiced mango vinaigrette to form an invigorating entree dish.

Dried elderberries make an excellent replacement for cranberries in holiday recipes, from warming winter squash bakes to tarts with seasonal cranberry flavors. Their tart texture pairs perfectly with hearty pork chop dinners!

Combine elderberry syrup and dairy for an indulgent dessert experience by creating sweet and decadent dishes like elderberry cheesecake, vegan-friendly elderberry ice cream or traditional dairy desserts like pies using this combination.

Elderberry Gummies make for a delicious and nutritous snack, filled with elderberries as well as other beneficial ingredients like chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and ginger to provide additional benefits. A great treat for both kids and adults who don’t enjoy spicy food options!

Elderberries add an exciting zing to cocktails, from Moscow mules and fizzing elderflower spritzers to classic drinks such as sangria or mulled wine – even adding an interesting wintery twist with wintery beverages like chai lattes and hot chocolate!


Elderberries are sweet and delicious treats, while also boasting significant immune-boosting benefits. Elderberry berries can be used to create syrups, infuse spirits (such as this elderberry gin), add them to salad dressings and sauces or fermented into beverages like elderberry soda. When in season, elderberries can also be enjoyed directly as hot beverages (such as this elderberry and ginger tea) or mixed into nutritious acai bowls for extra boost.

Dried elderberries add both color and tangy flavor to dinner dishes, pairing perfectly with proteins such as gamey fare like venison and lamb as well as pork, poultry, beef and even vegetarian fare like seitan or tempeh. A tangy and sweet elderberry glaze for ham can make an exceptional accompaniment for these meats. Elderflowers with their similar taste also pair nicely in savory recipes; combine with apricot jam to create an exceptional glaze or combine with chicken or pork stock for an irresistibly satisfying stew!

Elderberries can easily be added into breakfast recipes. Simply soak and puree them for use as an elderberry syrup on pancakes, porridge or yogurt; or make an eye-catching addition to an acai bowl alongside other berries, fruits nuts seeds herbs.

Nonalcoholic elderberry drink recipes offer an effective way to harness the immune-enhancing power of elderberries without having to drink alcohol. A sparkling elderberry drink mixes berries, lime juice and syrup for an irresistibly refreshing beverage; or you could try mixing lychees, elderflowers, mint, lemon juice and vodka for something completely unique and different!

Elderberry sangria is an ideal warming winter beverage to pair with warming spices such as cinnamon or clove. Another delicious and boozy drink featuring strawberries and elderflower pairing is known as Cherub’s Cup. You could also experience its delightful flavors by mixing basil, Plymouth Gin and lemon juice or creating an elderflower martini made with sparkling wine, ice cubes and one of two types of bitters – it will delight any palette!


  • Michael Gonzales

    Michael has a diverse set of skills and passions, with a full-time career as an airline pilot and a dedicated focus on health and fitness consulting. He understands the importance of balancing a busy lifestyle with maintaining a healthy mind and body, and is committed to helping others achieve the same success. Michael's expertise in health and fitness is not just limited to physical training, but also extends to nutrition, stress management, and overall wellbeing. He takes a holistic approach to health and fitness, helping clients to achieve their goals in a sustainable and fulfilling way. With a strong desire to inspire and motivate others, Michael is always ready to share his time and knowledge with those who seek his guidance. Whether in the air or on the ground, Michael is dedicated to helping others live their best lives. [email protected] Gonzales Michael


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