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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.