4 tsps Elderberriesdried
1/2 - 1 cup Refined White Sugarcan sub in organic cane sugar
2 cups Kombucha
A delicious berry that is only available at certain times of the year is the Elderberry. This delicious berry tastes great in Kombucha and while you’re at it, there is also plenty of health benefits to choosing this particular berry for your flavoring.
Elderberries are full of Vitamin A, B, and C. It has been used for many years for many different health ailments. It’s also known for its diuretic effects on the body. If you are using fresh elderberry’s, you must cook them fully before consuming them or adding them to the Kombucha. For safety reasons, you can use dried elderberries for this batch of delicious tasting elderberry flavored Kombucha.
If you are looking for a flu-fighting Kombucha, then look no further then this Elderberry Kombucha recipe.
Elderberries, due to the assortment of vitamins and rich antioxidants, lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, improve on vision, and help with a healthy heart. They can also be used to treat basic colds, dry or productive coughs, the flu, and infections, both viral and bacterial.
It doesn’t take a scientist here to see why combining elderberries with Kombucha is a good thing!
PRESTEP: Making Basic Kombucha
In order to make elderberry flavored kombucha, you will need to make the basic kombucha recipe first. You will need to have a pot, gallon sized glass jar, paper towel and rubber band. This will be the first fermentation of the process.
Ingredients Needed for Kombucha
- 8 tea bags, black tea or green tea or 2 Tablespoons of loose tea
- 3 ½ Quarts of water
- 1 Cup of Sugar, white refined
- 2 Cups of Starter Kombucha tea
- 1 Scoby
Make the Kombucha
Get started with water (10 minutes)
Bring the water to a rolling boil on the stove and then remove from flame. Place the tea bags in the water and allow it to brew for ten minutes or up to one hour. Let the water cool down completely before moving on to the next step so you don't kill the good bacteria in the Scoby when you add it.
Add some sweetness (4 minutes)
Add sugar and stir until dissolved. If you don't want to use sugar, you can substitute the white sugar with maple syrup or honey.
Mix it all together ( 3 minutes)
Transfer the tea and sugar mixture over to a gallon sized glass jar. Add the starter tea and stir again until well blended. Add the Scoby on top and place the paper towel over the opening. Secure the paper towel with the rubber band.
Let's wait ( 7 days)
Now place the Kombucha in a dark place for seven days. Then check after seven days, take the paper towel off and taste your tea. If it taste like it's a balanced sweet and sour taste then it is ready.
Preparing the Elderberry Flavoring
The next step is to make the elderberry flavor.
= Using Fresh Elderberries =
= Using Dried Elderberries =
Simply add in the dried elderberries directly. You can grind them up for more flavor if you wish, but it's not necessary.
Adding the Elderberry for Flavor
Now that your basic Kombucha recipe is complete, you are ready to add the flavor.
You will need a measuring spoon, measuring cup, funnel, and the basic Kombucha that you prepared first.
Take your 2 cups of kombucha, the sugar and add into a bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Next, add the elderberries flavor your created in the last step (either from boiled fresh elderberries or dried ones) and stir again.
Using a funnel, pour the elderberry-mixed kombucha into plastic soda bottles that have been washed and sanitized. Leave half of an inch around the top and then wipe clean. Place the lid on the bottles and place them into a dark place for at least three to seven days.
This is the second fermentation process due to the fact that it needs three extra days to carbonate to complete the process.
When you are ready to drink elderberry flavored Kombucha, carefully strain out the elderberries through a small strainer before drinking the kombucha.
Now you have a delicious and healthy drink that will soothe your pilot and give your immune system a little boost. This drink won't weigh you down like the soda pops and sugary juices can.