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New! Elderberry Syrup from Sustainably Grown Black Elderberry

Posted by Catie Morse on

Dr. Catie Morse, founder and producer of Dr. Appleseed's Elderberry Extracts and Syrups is proud to announce our new Black Elderberry Syrup and Unsweetened Black Elderberry Extract made from sustainably grown and organic European elderberries (Sambucus nigra). 

The vast majority of elderberry products are made using European elderberries for their high antioxidant profile and available clinical research, including data regarding drug-herb interactions for folks on pharmaceuticals.

Culinary and medicinal syrups, whether made at home or store bought, tend to be on the sweeter side and Dr. Appleseed’s Black Elderberry Syrup is gently sweetened with maple syrup to round out the deep flavor of the berries, as a vegan alternative to honey. Our syrup is pure and potent, our ingredients are never dehydrated, and our entire formulation and bottling process is done by hand. Never any artificial flavors, or preservatives like glycerin.


How strong is Dr. Appleseed’s Black Elderberry Syrup?

Our Black Elderberry Syrup with Mulling Spices is about half as concentrated as our extracts, a difference reflected in larger serving sizes, and larger bottles. Meaning this goes great as yummy elderberry shots, mocktails, and cocktails. Even kids appreciate a dose right off the spoon.

Delightfully seasoned with orange zest, cold pressed orange juice, and mulling spices, it’s a go-to for daily uplifting and immune supportive routines. The recipe itself was birthed out of a class Dr. Morse taught called “How to Make Elderberry Syrup.” The mulling spice blend, including cinnamon, cloves, star anise, can also be sipped as a digestive aid, before or after meals as an herbal “bitter” promoting the integrity of the digestive lining and the natural digestive juices.

For a full article on the difference between a syrup and an extract, see our last blog post. For a full article on health benefits, see our post from last year.

Spiced Elderberry Shrub Mocktail Recipe



  1. Combine all ingredients, mix, and sip (or take as a shot).
  2. If you have a sensitive stomach (or prefer a less tangy drink), add honey to the recipe to reduce the bite of the acidity. Dissolve the honey into the apple cider vinegar at room temperature before adding other ingredients to mix. Or omit the vinegar altogether.


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