While babbling with my kinesitherapist recently and telling her about my elderflower blossom sirup, she gave me a recipe for elderflower blossom tea which seems to be very much appreciated by her family.
So I immediately got myself some lemons and apple vinegar at the grocery store, to give it a try at home.
There are not many ingredients, the recipe is really simple but the result is great and me myself, my husband and the kids love this ice cold tea.
As you can see on the first picture, I immediately prepared another sirup too while having all ingredients at hand.
So here we go:
5 l tap water
25 elderflower blossoms
5 Tbsp apple vinegar
250-350 gr sugar (*)
(* I was told the original recipe mentioned 100g sugar per 1 liter of water, but my kinesitherapist who gave me the recipe told me to cut it down to 50 to 70 gr per 1 liter - I eventually took 300 gr of white sugar and we all think the sweetness of the resulting tea is just fine)
put 5 L tap water and the sugar in a big pot and bring it to a boil
- pick 25 elderflower blossoms and clean them
- press the lemons for the juice (another hint by my kinesitherapist: use the juice of 4 pressed lemons and put the fifth lemon in slices in the tea)
when the sugar water is boiling, cut off the heat and remove the pot
add the blossoms, the lemon juice (&slices) as well as the apple vinegar
let the mix rest for several hours or overnight, then pass it through the seive, fill the tea into bottles and put them in the fridge
The Elderflower is said to have magical and healing powers, so you should meet her with respect and ask for the blossoms and berries you wanna take, that's what my kinesitherapist told me, and as I am convinced everybody should put more mindfulness into daily life, I asked for the blossoms before taking them.
Elderflower grows usually as shrubs, but can also grow to a tree up to 7 to 10 meters of height.
Elderflower is know for it's antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits mostly due to bioflavonoids.
Sirup or gelee of elderflower blossoms or berries can help when having a sore throat or a cold.
Further more extracts can help increasing urine production, increasing sweating and stop bleeding.
While elderflower is typically found to be safe for consumption, the leaves, twigs, and roots are toxic and can lead to the build up of poisonous cyanide in the body.
Lemons are known for their content of vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, b-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, fiber.
Lemon water is a great liver detoxifier, cleans the kidneys and helps improving digestion.
Lemons do also have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
The potassium contained in large amounts of lemons stimulates the brain and the nervous functions and helps us to remain more concentrated, alert and fitter.
Don't throw the lemonpeels away after having taken the juice! I usually put them on a plate in the middle of the eating table, it brings refreshing smell for some days and keeps the flies away!
Some of my new bottles I especially bought for tea, juice and sirup.
Below you see the great and yummy result:
my homemade elderflower blossom tea