Making Ederflower syrup is a tradition in my family for many generations. My grandmother made it, as well as my mom and her sisters. Even though I have a recipe and it is very easy to make, my problem is that I live in a large town and have no access to clean elderflowers. They should grow in nature, far away from roads so that they are led-free.
This year my cousin, who’s just starting her own cooking blog called 2pots2cook (go D!), was kind enough to give me a bottle of this incredibly tasty syrup. It disappeared so quickly that I had no time to make any recipe using it.
As summer was getting hotter and hotter, I thought what could be a way to get this wonderful flowery taste into my drink, now when elderflowers are no longer in season. I got the idea to buy some dry elderflowers, make a tea out of them, chill it and served with lemon and ice. I’m very proud of my homemade Elderflower Iced Tea recipe since it turned out to be very healthy and super-delicious refreshment.
- 1 Tbsp dry elderflowers
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- juice of 1 lemon
- sweetener of choice
- leaves optional: fresh mint or melissa leaves
Pour boiling water over dry elderflowers, cover and let stand for about 10 minutes.
Strain the liquid, add 1 cup of cold water, lemon juice and sweetener of your choice.
Pour the liquid into a tall serving glass filled with ice, lemon slices and fresh mint leaves or melissa leaves. Serve immediately.