About Commonhealth Elderberry Syrup
We make our Elderberry Syrup with just four simple ingredients:
- Organic elderberries
- Meyer lemon juice
- Organic cane sugar (just a tiny bit!)
Meyer lemons are a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange so their juice has a delicious citrus-y flavor that is slightly sweeter than the oh-so-tart regular lemon juice. Meyer lemons offer a very complementary flavor to the earthiness of our elderberries. And they are a winter fruit, so they just happen to be at their peak during cold and flu season!
Meyer lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C, which has so many of its own health benefits, so in addition to its great flavor benefits, it adds a little extra immune-boosting antioxidant to our Elderberry Syrup!
I know we’re all trying to stay away from added sugar, but hear us out – we add just enough organic cane sugar to our Elderberry Syrup to brighten up the tartness of the elderberries. Our Elderberry Syrup is actually much less sweet than many other elderberry syrups on the market. And, of course, it’s always free of preservatives, fillers and other nasties that we’ve seen out there!
How to get your daily dose - recipes and recommended uses for Elderberry Syrup
There are lots of ways, some creative and some not-so-much, to get your elderberry syrup in every day, especially during cold and flu season.
- Take a tablespoon of elderberry syrup on its own every morning, like our kids, I mean “Board of Directors”
- Add a tablespoon of elderberry syrup to your orangejuice in the morning, or whenever you feel like it.
- Try our Warm Elderberry Lemonade recipe
- Pour a little into my hot tea throughout the day – black tea in the morning, and herbal tea in the afternoon.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also make your own elderberry syrup at home. There lots of great elderberry syrup recipe ideas out there. For a different flavor profile, this is our favorite spiced elderberry syrup recipe.
Finally, we do have a few cocktail recipes using our elderberry syrup – it’s not every day you can get the health benefits of elderberry in a delicious adult beverage (but now it can be!).
For the tequila enthusiast, we recommend the Commonhealth Elderberry Margarita.
And for the gin connoisseur, let us suggest the Gin Elderade. This recipe even includes a vegetable!
Elderberries come from a deciduous tree or shrub that can grow to be 10-12 feet tall. Elderberries grow wild in much of the US, and can often be found in river and creek banks, along roadsides and under powerlines. They are easy to spot in late spring and early summer with their small white flowers are in bloom.
Elderberries appear and ripen in late summer to early fall, which is a great time for forage for them if you’re interested in making your own elderberry syrup. You have to be quick though because deer and bird love elderberries too!
The elderberry plant is native to Europe, Northern Africa, West and Central Asia, and North America.
There are two main species of elderberries:
- Sambucus nigra
- Sambucus canadensis
Sambucus nigra grows wildly in most of Europe, while Sambucus canadensis is the species native to North America.
The name “elderberry” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word aeld, meaning “fire”. The Latin word for the plant “sambucus” originates from the Greek word, sambuce, a wind instrument made from wood. The hollow stems of the elderberry plant were used for making both fires and musical instruments.(1)