Try some of my favorite recipes that include elderberries.
Elderberry Vinaigrette (developed with our friends at Moon Medicine Therapeutics, LLC)
½ cup Simply Elderberry
3 TBS honey
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 TBS brown or Dijon mustard
2 TBS fresh thyme, chopped
1 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until combined.
2. While blender is still running, slowly add olive oil until all ingredients are blended without separating.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 cups.
Elderberry Cheesecake Bites (developed with our friends at Moon Medicine Therapeutics, LLC)
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup chopped dates
Pinch of salt
¾ cup elderberry syrup
2 cups raw cashews
1/3 cup agave syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1. Soak cashews in water for 2 hours.
2. Pulse pecans, dates, and pinch of slat in the food processor or blender until mixed and sticking together. Divide and press into the bottoms of a 24-count mini muffin pan.
3. Place remaining 5 ingredients into food processor or blender, until all are incorporated and smooth in texture, scraping down the sides as necessary.
4. Divide the “cheesecake” mixture onto the tops of prepared pecan/date crust (you may have extra!). Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours and thaw before serving.
A great make-ahead dessert!!
2 ¼ cups flour
1 cup butter
½ tsp salt
4-6 TBS cold water
(OR a store-bought, prepared crust. No one’s judging!!)
4 cups fresh elderberries cleaned and stemmed -OR-
2 cups dried elderberries soaked in 4 cups of water overnight
1 cup sugar
3-4 TBS corn starch
2 TBS lemon juice
½ cup water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
1. Prepare pie crust by mixing flour and salt (can add a TBS of sugar if desired) and then cutting the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. Add water and knead the mixture into a cohesive ball and all flour us incorporated. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. Place sugar, cornstarch and water in a large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve.
3. Add elderberries (liquid and all if using dried) and lemon juice and cook another 2-3 minutes until heated through. Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare crust.
4. Remove half the crust from the refrigerator, role it out and use it to line a pie pan.
5. Fill the crust with the elderberry filling and top off with the second half of the crust.
6. Seal the edges and paint the top with egg white for a golden crust and sprinkle some sugar on top for a nice touch.
7. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 for an additional 20-30 minutes until the crust is brown and the filling is bubbly.
Cool before serving. Vanilla ice cream is divine!
1 cup sparkling water (such as La Croix or S. Pellegrino)
1 TBS elderberry syrup
1 tsp lime juice
Serve over ice and vary ingredient amounts based on taste.
Teas are a great way to bring out the beneficial properties of elderberries and a warm, soothing alternative to syrup.
6 cups water
3 TBS organic dried elderberries
2 cinnamon sticks
4 pieces of cardamom
4 whole allspice
1 inch fresh ginger slice
1. Place all ingredients into a pot on the stove. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
2. Simmer at least 30 minutes, but up to an hour, depending on desired taste and consistency.
3. Strain and enjoy! Add sweetener if desired. Can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Another Elderberry Tea
2 cups water
2 TBS organic dried elderberries
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp honey (optional)
1. Place all ingredients (except honey) into a pot on the stove. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for at least 15 minutes.
2. Strain and add honey to taste, if using. Enjoy!
You don’t have to be good all the time! Try these elderberry variations of favorite cocktails to spice up your party with a little immunity boost on the side.
Elderberry Champagne Cocktail
1 oz. gin (also, delish with rum)
1 oz. elderberry syrup
Prosecco (or other dry sparkling wine)
Squeeze of lemon or lime
1. Pour gin and elderberry syrup into a flute glass.
2. top with chilled Prosecco and citrus squeeze.
Enjoy! A perfect Holiday (or anytime) cocktail!
Elderberry Moscow Mule
1 ½ oz. vodka
½ oz. lime juice
½ cup ginger beer
1 tsp elderberry syrup
Lime wedges for garnish (optional)
In a pitcher, mix all ingredients. Makes 2 copper mugs.
Elderberry Whiskey Sour
2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
¾ oz. lemon juice
¾ oz. elderberry syrup
5 shakes of bitters
I organic egg white (optional)
1. Place bourbon, lemon juice, elderberry syrup and egg white (if using) in a shaker. No ice yet! Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
2. Add ice, seal and shake another 10 seconds.
3. Strain cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass. Garnish with a lemon peel and 5 dashes of bitters.
Elderberry Hot Toddy
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 ounces whiskey
2 tsp elderberry syrup
2-3 tsp honey
2-3 tsp lemon juice (to taste)
1 lemon slice (for garnish)
1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)
Stir everything together in a saucepan over low heat until warmed. Pour in mug and garnish with lemon slice and cinnamon stick. For a crowd, place all ingredients in a crockpot and turn to high for at least 30 minutes, or low for a couple hours.
For a non-alcoholic version: Just omit whiskey! A fun way for kids to drink their elderberry syrup!