For a terrific hot drink garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange and instead of using white sugar try brown sugar. The cinnamon gives a lovely spice hint and the orange brightens up the berry character. Our family simply loves this combination. For a summer time drink Elderberry Energy iced is hard to beat. It is refreshing and thirst quenching and not overly sweet. For formal times garnish the glass with a strawberry and a sprig of mint – for non-formal times pour it into your glass and enjoy it gulp after gulp! For your young children – get popsicle forms and freeze lightly sweeten Elderberry Energy, your kids will love it! By virtue of the fact these blends do not contain any tea and are a special blend of fruits and herbs – they are caffeine free! An additional benefit is these ‘teas’ contain Vitamin C. What could be better – a healthy drink that tastes GREAT!
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’.
Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or ‘milky’ when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!