Have you tried Elderflower Blossom Tea? It’s made from the creamy-white flowers, that if left on the branch, will become the purple-black elderberries of late summer. Refreshingly delicious and immune-boosting, this early summer tea can be sipped warm or chilled and enjoyed over ice. Lovely with a touch of honey and fresh citrus. The recipe makes 2-3 cups of tea but is easily doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
Elderflower Tea Recipe
* 3 large or 5-6 small, fresh elderflower heads (called umbrels) OR 2 heaped teaspoons of dried elderflower
* 3 cups pure water, boiled and slightly cooled
* 2 teaspoons raw honey (or to taste)
* 3-4 slices of fresh lemon and orange
Optional: fresh lime and grapefruit slices
* In a heat-proof bowl steep fresh or dried elderflowers and citrus slices in 3 cups of slightly cooled, boiled water for 5-10 minutes. (Cover bowl while tea is steeping.)
* Strain and sweeten to taste with honey or sweetener of choice.
* Enjoy warm or chill and serve over ice garnished with fresh slices of citrus.
* Freeze tea into ice cubes. Use instead of regular ice cubes for iced teas.
* Make a stronger brew using more elderflowers and chill the tea. Fill a glass with ice cubes, then fill the glass halfway up with tea. Top with sparkling water or soda and garnish with fresh citrus slices. Add spirits if desired for a refreshing bubbly cooler.