Have all your delicious elderberries, but don’t quite know what to do with them? From warming teas to refreshing cocktails and everything in between, look below for suggestions!
Elderflower, Lemon and Honey Tea
One of the simplest ways to use elderflowers is in an elderflower tea.
2-3 Tsp elderflowers
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 Tbs honey
Bring water to a boil, and let stand for 20 seconds, then pour over the elderflowers. Let steep for about 10 minutes, then add lemon juice and honey.
Though a slightly less saintly way to consume your elderflowers, it is still delicious. It takes a while for the infusion, but the endless list of cocktails using elderflowers more than makes up for it. The recipe below is for the basic liqueur.
1 liter Vodka
flowers from about 15 elderberry flower heads
Peel from one lemon or lime
Sweetener of choice (maple, honey or white sugar each give it a unique flavor)
In a glass jar, completely cover elderflowers with vodka, mix in citrus peel and sweetener of choice. Cover and leave to infuse for one month, stirring or shaking occasionally. Strain after one month and enjoy!
A good way to use elderberries is mixed into drinks as an elderberry syrup. We added a few spices to make it an extra flavorful treat.
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen elderberries
3 1/2 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs dried ginger powder
1 cup honey
Combine the elderberries, water, and spices in a pan and boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, until it is about half the original content. Pour it through a strainer to remove the berry skins, discard the skins. Let the elderberry juice to cool, then stir in the honey, stirring or whisking until it is smooth. Keep in fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze.
If you want a way to use raw elderberries, look no further. This vinegar takes all the pure elderberry goodness, and concentrates it into a useful vinegar.
Fresh or frozen elderberries (3/4 of a jar)
1 jar vinegar (apple cider or white)
Place clean elderberries in a glass jar, up to about 3/4 full. Fill jar with vinegar, cover with a non-reactive lid. Shake and store for 3 weeks to a month, shaking occasionally. After aging is finish, strain and dispose of skins & seeds. Use vinegar as a part of salad dressings, in switchel, or many other uses.