Elderberry Iced Tea
Yield: 4-6 servings
Thirst-quenching tea doubles as a refreshing home remedy thanks to elderberries and their natural ability to fight cold and flu viruses.


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons dried elderberries
  • 1 tablespoon (10g) fresh ginger, roughly chopped or thinly sliced
  • ½ an orange or 1 clementine, sliced (with peel)
  • 1 cinnamon stick, optional
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener to taste


  1. Add everything except the sweetener to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Stir, cover the pot, and remove from the heat.
  2. Let the covered pot sit for about 30 minutes. (I set a timer so I don’t forget.) Strain into a pitcher, gently squeezing the orange slices to extract some of the juice, and then stir in sweetener to taste. (I use about 3 tablespoons. If using granulated or cane sugar as opposed to a liquid sweetener, the tea will still be warm enough to dissolve it; just stir until it’s incorporated.) Dilute with cold water if the tea is too strong for your taste.
  3. Chill and serve with ice and an optional orange or clementine slice.


This tea could absolutely be served hot, too.

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