How To Use Elderberry

Elderberries are delicate, dark blue in color, and have a sharp, sweet flavor. All of which make them an ideal ingredient for desserts, syrups, and cocktails alike. Though their name suggests that they belong in an ethereal storybook world, they do indeed exist this side of reality. Below, some of our contributors have shared a few tips on how to make use of this delicious little berry, and it’s beautiful counterpart, elderflower. Spoiler: that includes a cocktail recipe (or two)…

1. Cold/Fever Remedy

Nutrition expert Mikaela Reuben recommends taking an elderberry syrup or infusion when you begin to feel ill with a cold or a fever. The flower’s anti-catarrhal properties help to remove mucus from the body and will help to fend off a cold or fever. Plus, elderberry is very high in vitamin C.

2. Flu Remedy

Likewise, Dr. Daryl Gioffre suggests elderberry as a flu remedy. In fact, research articles show that elderberry is 3x more powerful than leading medications at beating the flu. Not only is elderberry syrup anti-viral and anti-bacterial, but – unlike other flu medications – it also tastes delicious.

3. Spring Cocktail Ingredient

Elderflower isn’t just for cold and flu remedies! St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur is a unique addition to a vodka or gin cocktail. Below, the Bashful Maiden No. 2 is a quick and easy cocktail to shake up, but if you’re feeling fancy, check out the Wasabi Collins, which is shaken with home-made wasabi sorbet!

Bashful Maiden No. 2
From Macao Trading Co.


1 ½ oz. Vodka

3/4 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1/4oz. Velvet Falernum

3/4oz. Lemon juice


Shake vodka with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Velvet Falernum and Lemon Juice. Serve straight up.

Wasabi Collins
From Richard Woods, Samba Brand Management
Hendrick’s gin, lemon juice, sugar and elderflower – shaken hard with home-made wasabi sorbet. Served long over ice and charged with soda.


1½ oz Hendrick’s

½ oz Lime juice

½ oz Sugar syrup

¼ oz St. Germain

2 scoops Wasabi sorbet


Shake all with ice and strain into glass. Fill with ice and top with soda.

Wasabi Sorbet Ingredients

2 ½ Cups Celery. Washed, trimmed and chopped

1 Cup Granny Smith Apples. Chopped

½ Cup Water

One recipe (below) of Sorbet syrup (simple syrup frozen to 30⁰)

1 ½ tsp Stab or Cremodan stabilizer

1 1/3 Tbsp Wasabi

Wasabi Sorbet Directions

Blend all in blender until smooth – approx. 3mins. Pour into Paco-Jet container and freeze. Remove once frozen and pass through Paco-Jet.

Add two scoops to gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and St. Germaine. Shake hard with cube ice and strain into highball with cube ice. Top with soda.

Sorbet Syrup Ingredients

2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Water

1 ¾ ounce Trimoline

Sorbet Syrup Directions

Heat water. Add all other ingredients and stir until completely dissolved.

A fan of berries? See these great berry pie recipes. Also see this guide the best berry smoothies