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Pioneer Punch Elderberry Shrub Recipe

Author: Shannon @ Elderberry Edge Farm 2/28/19

Pioneer Punch Elderberry Shrub Recipe

Old Fashion Pioneer Punch Elderberry Shrub Recipe

Before refrigeration, our forefathers and mothers had recipes to preserve the fruits of summer for winter. Elderberry shrub is one such recipe. It can be made with almost any berry or fruit but elderberry shrub is far superior to most others  in flavor. The taste is a bit like a slightly tart fruit punch drink. A little goes a long way as this needs to be cut six to one with water before you drink it.  Adjust to taste, it may actually be 5/1 or 7/1 depending on the flavor you desire and the strength of berries. 

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Prep Time 24 hours

Cook Time 30 minutes

Yield Varies 


  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Elderberries
  • Sugar

Instructions In a glass jar combine equal parts of apple cider vinegar and fresh elderberries. Crush the berries lightly, cover and set in a cool dark place for 24 hours. (48  for dried)  Shake or stir occasionally. Atter 24 hours remove elderberries by straining. Measure liquid and add an equal amount of sugar to the pan. bring to boil and then simmer briefly.   

I have only made this recipe with fresh elderberries however elderberries typically dry down to 1/3 of original size and weight. Do a bit of math and you can convert this recipe to dried elderberries.   

Print recipe card Pioneer Punch Elderberry Shrub

Very ink friendly. Each elderberry recipe will be printed in the upper right portion of the paper. Keep flipping your paper in printer for each elderberry recipe you choose and you can get 4 elderberry recipes on one page (8 if printed on both sides) I recommend card stock paper for more durability. No heavy paper on hand, use an old file folder cut down to paper size! 

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 Serving Size 1 cup                    

Elderberry Shrub Pioneer Punch Nutritional analysis