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Elderberry cordial

Recipe: Swedish elderberry cordial or syrup

Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 9 hrs
Course Drinks
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 2 l


  • 2 kg elderberries ~4,4 lbs
  • 1 l water
  • 4 apples
  • 1 kg sugar ~2,2 lbs


  • When you have harvested around 2/3 of a bucket (around 2 kg of elderberries) then remove the bigger stems and any bad or unripe berries (unripe berries can be toxic to eat raw)
  • Freeze the berries in a bag over night
  • Sterilize the bottles (bottles to hold around 2 litres). Boil the bottles in a big pot for 10 min.
  • Rinse berries, then place in a big pot with the water and bring to a boil
  • Slice the apple and add to the pot, boil for 30 min
  • Use a ladle to mash the berries
  • Strain through a muslin, coffee filter, cheesecloth or similar fine mesh sieve. Let it strain through for around 30 min
  • Measure the liquid and add 500 g sugar to every litre in a pot
  • Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar (around 5 min) then remove the froth.
  • Fill upp the bottles and place in fridge once it has cooled
  • To make a refreshing juice you need to add 4 parts of cold water for every part of elderberry cordial