How To Store Elderberry Syrup

Now that you’ve been hooked, you need to learn about how to store elderberry syrup! It’s a good idea to always have a bottle on hand throughout the year to help with immunity, allergies, colds, and flu.

Like any other fruit juice it will start to ferment if left out for too long. Elderberry syrup, when stored in a glass jar in the fridge, will stay good for 3 months. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays to defrost as needed. Always be sure to shake the bottle well before giving a dose as the honey will gather at the bottom on the bottle.

Since Live Berry Well’s elderberry syrup contains no preservatives, it is important to keep your syrup in the refrigerator.

Even though our elderberry syrup has raw unfiltered honey as a main ingredient,  it’s a misconception that honey acts as a preservative. Honey, which is a preservative in its original state, ferments once it’s diluted. So, by adding honey to our elderberry syrup we void the preservative nature, trading it for sweetness and immunity boosting benefits.


  • Keep refrigerated
  • Store in glass bottle or container
  • Shake well before use
  • Can be frozen
  • Lasts 2-3 months in fridge

30 thoughts on “How To Store Elderberry Syrup

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I made elderberry and left it on the counter to cool. I forgot to refrigerate once cool and it stayed out over night. Is it still ok to use?

    • liveberrywell says:

      Elizabeth, In most scenarios it will be OK if placed in the fridge in the morning. This is dependent on the recipe, and the temperature that the syrup gets to on the counter. In your story, the syrup was cooling from the night before, so should be good.

      One thing to keep an eye out for is when the syrup is already cooled and is left out and experiences warming on the counter. This can cause spoilage.

      Let us know if you have any additional questions.

      The Husband

      • Sonya says:

        I want to make it and ship it to someone, it is January so I’m wondering if it will be ok to make and ship the same day I make it?? Probably 2-3 days to get to her?!

        • liveberrywell says:

          Shipping elderberry syrup can be a difficult task and depends on many factors. With our recipe, we tested over 40 bottles and three different packaging concepts before verifying the process. In short, it should make is depending on the recipe and ingredients. We’d recommend shipping USPS Priority Mail for the fastest shipping, and shipping the same day you make it is very important to avoid the extra day in transit.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank you! It was sealed (think canning) and never got above room temp , so I figured it was ok. Thank you for confirming my thoughts!

  2. bonn12001 says:

    My friend made me some elderberry syrup in a canning jar I’ve only had it about a month and it has been refridgerated the whole time, I noticed around the rim of the jar is a black substance is that normal?

    • liveberrywell says:

      A black substance isn’t typical and could be a sign of mold. However, having some syrup dripping that may collect on the rim after pouring the syrup for daily use could create some residue, perhaps that is what you are noticing. If you find that it alters the taste of the syrup, or the texture it’s likely begun to spoil. As it’s not syrup that we’ve made, we cannot speak to the ingredients, sanitation of the jars, or how it may have been transferred – so we don’t want to speculate further. Hope this helps.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I bought Gaia elderberry syrup and left it out for two days after opening bc I didn’t see the fridge comment. Is it ok still if I put it in the fridge now?

    • liveberrywell says:

      We’re not familiar with the Gaia elderberry syrup, but we would recommend reviewing the labels and their website for proper storage of their particular syrup. For Live Berry Well syrup if the product is already refrigerated it should remain refrigerated to avoid spoilage. Thanks for the question.

  4. Mary says:

    Hello! If I have elderberry syrup that has gone sour, can I still use it topically or some other way? I hate to throw it out…

  5. Pam Colonna says:

    Do DRIED elderberries need to be frozen, IF they will not be used for a few months? I left my DRIED elderberries in the refrigerator for 6 months now and want to know if they can be used to make elderberry syrup? How long do they last DRIED?

    • liveberrywell says:

      Hello Pam, The answer to your question is dependent on how they were stored. If the dried elderberries were in an air sealed bag or container, those can last for 12-18 months when stored in a dry climate controlled environment (not in direct sunlight). Note: They don’t need to be frozen or refrigerated if kept in an airtight container, they can be stored like any other dried good. Most of the dried elderberries should come from the manufacturer already sealed. For example, if you opened a 1 pound bag and only used half of the elderberries, stored the other half open in the fridge, 3-4 months is about the cut-off in my experience, as the berries do start to re-hydrate if left open to the elements. However, if you kept the berries sealed, 6 months in the fridge should be fine.

    • liveberrywell says:

      Great question. There are several things that allow us to ship. First, we recommend storing the elderberry syrup in the fridge for a longer shelf life. However, fresh syrup will stay good on the counter for 7-10 days prior to turning/spoiling. We have tested the turning time with several batched throughout the year, and have found this range for counter storage is consistent.

      The additional step that we go through for shipping is that We make and ship the same day and ship USPS Priority Mail. In many cases locally folks receive their packages next day, and for the majority of our customers 2-Day. Prior to offering shipping we tested 12 packages and over 20 bottles to various locations across the country, and had our friends and family provide feedback for 8 weeks on the quality, taste, and any changes to ensure that shipping didn’t impact the quality of our syrup.

    • Erica Dufrin says:

      Michelle, that is up to your personal preference. I prefer glass since it is a safer option, less possible toxins leaching into my syrup. My elderberry syrup is a labor of love and I want to keep it as pure as possible.

    • Erica Dufrin says:

      I can only speak for the storage of Live Berry Well elderberry syrup. I do not see that you have ordered from us and would suggest you contact your original supplier. Additionally, elderberry syrup from the store is made with preservatives and would not require refrigeration. Live Berry Well syrup is made with no preservatives and thus requires refrigeration.

      I hope this helps!

  6. Polly Workinger says:

    I did this, and it seems that one of my bottles of elderberry syrup got cloudy. Obviously you’d shake it before using, but is there a reason for or a problem with this clouding? It kind of freaked me out a bit.

    • liveberrywell says:


      Thank you for the comment. We can’t speak for other brands or all makers of elderberry syrup, as the recipes differ and the clouding that you are referring to may be related to a specific ingredient. Did you receive a bottle of Live Berry Well Elderberry Syrup from a friend, or are you referring to another maker, as we cannot find an order related to your email address.

      If you received our elderberry syrup as a gift and it got cloudy, please email us at [email protected] with more details as we’d like to drill down a possible cause. With our syrup, if the bottle is left unshaken for a few days the raw unfiltered honey does begin to settle at the bottom a little and can cause some color variation. However, if the cloudiness is causing the syrup to thicken it may be a sign of fermentation and the syrup going bad. — Erica

    • liveberrywell says:


      Thank you for the suggestion. We have not canned, or tried to can elderberry syrup. A quick google search brought up a few various options that looked similar. If you end up trying it, please let us know how it turns out! — Erica

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