Elderberry extract can be used to make syrup or to take as a supplement. It is believed by some to be an effective treatment for flu-like symptoms. The extract can be made using either fresh elderberries or dried berries. The steeping process takes three weeks before the extract is ready.

Things You'll Need

Fill the glass jar two-thirds full with the berries.

Fill the jar to the top with vodka.

Stir the berries and vodka well.

Place the lid on the jar. Make sure it is tightly sealed.

Place the jar in a cool, dark place for three weeks to steep.

Shake the jar vigorously once a day.

Strain the extract through two or three layers of cheesecloth into a glass jar. Squeeze as much liquid out of the berries as possible. Keep the finished extract in a cool, dark place.