Elderberries being strained out to make an elderberry tincture.

Elderberry Tincture

Elderberries fight the influenza virus and H1N1 while strengthening the immune system. They contain high amounts of Vitamin C, in addition to moderate amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and iron. They are also a mild anti-inflammatory. And, they are EASY to make into a tincture!
Course Household & Health
Prep Time 5 minutes
Infusing Time 42 days
Total Time 42 days 5 minutes
Servings 8 ounces
Author Katie Baldridge


  • 1 cup elderberries dehydrated or fresh
  • 10 ounces vodka 80 proof minimum


  1. Fill the jar half full with elderberries (about 1 cup).

  2. Next, fill with vodka, leaving 1 inch of headspace (approximately 10 ounces).

  3. Cover jar with lid and give it a good shake.

  4. Label jar with contents and date, place in a brown paper bag, and set in a dark cool area for 4 to 6 weeks.

  5. Once infusion time is up, strain through a fine mesh strainer, tea towel, or old clean t-shirt.
  6. Discard the berries.

  7. Pour into clean, sterile, dark-colored bottles. No dark bottles? Don’t fret, use a clean, sterile pint jar. Just place the jar back into a paper bag to shield the tincture from light.

Recipe Notes

Dosage (see post for more detailed dosing instructions):