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Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup is a wonderful, earthy and sweet syrup. It is believed to be a great antioxidant, and a natural remedy for warding off colds and the flu! Pressure cooker Elderberry Syrup has ingredients to enhance the flavor, and they also have potential health benefits. It tastes great! simplyhappyfoodie.com #instantpotelderberrysyrup #pressurecookerelderberrysyrup

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup is a wonderful antioxidant, immunity booster, and is believed to be a great natural remedy for warding off the flu! Pressure cooker Elderberry Syrup has ingredients to enhance the flavor, and they also have potential health benefits. It tastes great!

Course Syrup
Cuisine American
Keyword elderberry syrup in the pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 32 oz
Calories 15 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 cup Elderberries, dried organic or non irradiated
  • 4 cups Filtered Water
  • 2 inch knob Ginger, chopped, fresh
  • Peel of 1 Lemon (try not to get any of the white pith)
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks, organic

Optional Ingredients (add with the elderberries)

  • 8-12 Cloves, whole
  • 2 Tbsp Rose Hips, dried

Add After Pressure Cooking and Cooling

  • 3/4 - 1 cup Raw Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon


  1. Add all ingredients except the honey and lemon juice to the inner liner of the pressure cooker.

  2. Place lid on and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  3. Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button or dial and then the +/- button or dial and select 15 minutes. When the cook cycle finishes, turn off the pot so it doesn't go to the Warming setting. Let it fully Naturally Release the pressure.

  4. Open the lid and take out the inner pot and strain the liquid into a glass bowl to cool.

  5. Optional Step: Turn on the Sauté setting to the LOW temperature. Let the syrup simmer and reduce for 5 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired thickness is achieved (I personally do not reduce mine).

  6. When cool, about room temp, add the honey and whisk until fully incorporated (if you add the honey to hot syrup, it will kill off the good properties of the raw honey).

  7. Add the juice of 1 lemon and whisk. Taste and add more honey if you like it sweeter, or more lemon if you like it tart.

  8. Transfer the elderberry syrup to a bottle or mason jar with a lid and refrigerate for up to 2 months.

  9. Elderberry Syrup Dosage:

    For intensive use:

    Adults: 2 teaspoons 4 times daily

    Children: 1 teaspoon 4 times daily

    For daily maintenance:

    Adults: 2 teaspoons daily

    Children: 1 teaspoon daily

    Excerpt from:
    The American Botanical Council THE ABC CLINICAL GUIDE TO ELDER BERRY European Elder Berry Sambucus nigra L. Family: Caprifoliaceae

Stovetop Instructions

  1. Add elderberries, water, ginger, lemon peel, cinnamon, (and cloves and rose hips, if using), to a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  2. Mash the berries while still in the pan, then strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

  3. Let the mixture cool, then whisk in the honey until dissolved.

  4. Add the lemon juice, if using, and stir.

Recipe Notes

I updated this recipe in January, 2019 to add the lemon juice after cooking and cooling the elderberry syrup. I think it tastes much better, you can control how much you add, and the vitamin C doesn't get cooked off.

*As I'm not a medical professional, and am not intending to give any kind of medical advice, please check with your doctor before using and check for any drug interactions, etc. Do some research, and use at your own risk.