Cups of elderberry tea with fresh elderberries on a wooden table
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Soothing Elderberry Tea Recipe

Elderberry tea has the perfect balance of sweet, earthy, and slightly tart. Enjoy this soothing spicy version.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: British
Keyword: elderberry tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 6 cups water (filtered)
  • 3 tbsp elderberries (dried)
  • 4 pieces cardamom optional
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 fresh ginger (cut into fine pieces)
  • Honey/sugar/stevia/or any other sweetener (optional)


  • If you wish to add spices to the tea, add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, fresh ginger, and cardamom to it and continue to boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, cover the vessel and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer 30 minutes. Once you get your desired taste and consistency, strain it in a cup and enjoy. 
  • You can also refrigerate it and have it cool if you wish to do so! However, people usually prefer to have it warm. 
    Cups of elderberry tea with fresh elderberries on a wooden table


  • You can use the unopened flower heads to brew this delicious tea or wait until they bloom for a milder, sweeter flavored drink.
  • If you don’t have access to the spices or prefer your tea without them, feel free to leave them out.