4 Ingredient Elderberry Tea - Recipes From A Pantry (2024)

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Enjoy a hot cup of Elderberry Tea at the first sign of cold or flu to potentially boost your immune system and speed your recovery process.

You’ll also love Easy Infused Water Recipes, Instant Pot Infused Water and Hot Chocolate Bomb.

Suitable for vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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During flu and cold season it becomes even more important to protect yourself with immune-boosters like Elderberry Tea.

Store-bought elderberry tea can be expensive and hard to come by, but it’s easy to make it at home with dried elderberries.

Elderberries are loaded with vitamin A and C, and some studies have shown that you can shorten the length of the flu or cold when you begin an elderberry regimen at the first sign of symptoms.

Keeping dried elderberries in your pantry is a great way to be prepared at the first sign of sniffles and sneezing.Along with easy Infused Water Recipes.

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What Are Elderberries?

Elderberries are common across North American and Central Europe. The berries are small, dark purple, and grow in clusters. They are commonly foraged for use in jelly, pie, and for making Elderberry tea.

They are used in various over the counter cold and flu treatments (although these treatments tend to have a lot of extra sugar to sweeten them).

Why You’ll ♡ This

  • Inexpensive – You can make your own Elderberry Tea at a fraction of the cost of store-bought syrups.
  • Pantry Staples – Add dried elderberries to your pantry and this is easy to make with staples from your pantry.
  • Immune-boosting – Elderberries are high in vitamins A and C and some studies indicate they may boost your immune system.
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Ready to make this tea with Elderberries? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

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How To Make Elderberry Tea

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Boil dried elderberries in water in a saucepan for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain out the berries and add the juice of 1 lemon and the honey.
  3. Pour into mugs and serve.
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Expert Tips

  • Use a fine-mesh strainer or a tea ball to hold the dried berries for easy removal.

Delicious Variations

  • Boost your tea – Add ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and ½ tsp of turmeric for even more potential immune-boosting power.
  • Ginger – steep a few slices of fresh ginger with the dried berries.
  • Make it vegan – use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Chill it – and add ice for a delicious iced tea variation.


Elderberry Tea can be made and stored in the fridge for up to a week. Serve it iced or reheat it on the stove or in a microwave-safe mug.

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Can I Forage Elderberries?

Elderberries are found all over the United States and Europe. Never forage for any berries without someone who is well trained in identifying plants.

How Do I Store Dried Elderberries?

Dried elderberries can be stored in a cool, dark pantry for several months. If you plan to keep them longer, transfer them to a freezer-safe container, and you can store them in the freezer indefinitely.

Does Elderberry Tea Have Caffeine?

No, this version is caffeine free.

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  • Hot Chocolate Bomb.
  • Crockpot Hot Chocolate.

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Weight Watchers Points

There is 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.

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4 Ingredient Elderberry Tea

Boost your immunity with this delicious homemade elderberry tea.

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American, Western

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 4

Calories: 53kcal

Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 6 cups (1.40 L) water
  • 2 tablespoons dried elderberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 lemons


  • Pour water into a heavy saucepan.

  • Add dried elderberries and boil for 20 minutes.

  • Strain to remove berries and stir in honey and the juice from one lemon.

  • Garnish with lemon slices and serve.

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  • Use a fine-mesh strainer or a tea ball to hold the dried berries for easy removal.
  • There is 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in a serving of this.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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