It’s Elderflower season! This once-a-year early summer blossom makes the most delicious iced tea and pairs beautifully with strawberries. Elderflowers are the creamy white blossoms, that if left on the branch, will become the purple-black elderberries of late summer. Refreshingly delicious and immune-boosting, you can enjoy this tea chilled or sip it slightly warm if desired. Either way, it’s a delightful treat you won’t want to miss! The recipe makes 2-3 cups of tea but is easily doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. Dry the blossoms to enjoy year-round or find our organic elderflower tea here.
Strawberry Elderflower Tea
* 3 large or 5-6 small, fresh elderflower heads (called umbrels) OR 2 heaped teaspoons dried elderflower
* 3 cups pure water, boiled and slightly cooled
* 2 teaspoons raw honey (or to taste)
* 6 fresh strawberries (3 mashed, 3 sliced)
Optional: Lemon slices
* In a heat-proof bowl or pot add the fresh or dried elderflowers and 3 of the mashed strawberries. Pour over 3 cups of slightly cooled, boiled water, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes
* Strain and sweeten to taste with honey or sweetener of choice
* Chill and serve iced in bottles or glasses, garnished with slices of fresh strawberry
* Optional: Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and garnish with lemon slices
* 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 add spirits if desired for a refreshing bubbly cooler. Garnish with fresh strawberries.