Elderberry Recipes: Berry Boost Herbal Tea & Elderberry Shrub Mocktail

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Elderberry Recipes: Berry Boost Herbal Tea & Elderberry Shrub Mocktail

There are almost endless ways to use elderberries in recipes. Elderberry syrups and extracts are popular immune-boosting concoctions, and elderberries are commonly used in pies, jams, teas, wines, and cocktails. Some of the easiest recipes are tasty yet straightforward teas and drinks. We want to share a couple of recipes that are perfect for the cold and flu season—or a warm, spring afternoon.

BERRY BOOST HERBAL TEA

BERRY BOOST HERBAL TEA

A blend of elderberry and rose hips brings a gentle, earthy sweetness balanced by the refreshing menthol flavor of peppermint. Get a boost of Vitamin C and antioxidants from the dried elderberries and rosehips and be soothed by the smell and the minty buzz left in your mouth.

How to Make Berry Boost Herbal Tea
Mix herbs in a Press N Brew tea bag or a mesh tea strainer and steep in hot water for 5–10 minutes, depending on your taste.

ELDERBERRY SHRUB MOCKTAIL

ELDERBERRY SHRUB MOCKTAIL

A shrub is a fruit-infused, vinegar-based syrup typically mixed with soda water to create a refreshing beverage. It’s an old-fashioned favorite that’s making a comeback as a cocktail mixer. You can also use a shrub to enhance the flavor of salad dressings or to glaze roasted meats.

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried elderberries
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Soda water
  • Fresh mint

How to Make Elderberry Shrub Mocktail
Place the elderberries and vinegar in a saucepan. Gently heat just to the boiling point, then remove the pan from the heat and let rest, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. Return the infused liquid to the pan and add the sugar. While stirring, bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Now that you’ve prepared the shrub, pour 1 ½ to 2 ounces into a highball glass. Add a few mint leaves and lightly muddle. Fill the glass with ice and fill with soda water or lime-flavored sparkling water. Stir and enjoy.

Save the extra elderberry shrub for later. Pour into a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator and use within 4–6 weeks.