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How to make Umstead Spa's Strawberry Elderflower Elixir recipe at home

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May is National Strawberry Month, and The Umstead Hotel and Spa, located in Cary, N.C. has created an invigorating Strawberry Elderflower Elixir.

Sous chef Colin Archangelis shares his recipe for a healthful and seasonal elixir, that combines the immunity-boosting Vitamin C of strawberries with the natural detoxifying elements of Elderflower, and flavonoids of the lemon that are packed with antioxidants.

Strawberry Elderflower Elixir Recipe (Yields: 1 gallon)

· 4 qt. water

· 3 Tbsp. dandelion root

· 2 tbsp. dried lemon peel

· 1 c. elderflower

· 2 lemon’s peel and juice

· ½ c. honey

· 1 c. strawberries , tops removed

· 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar

· ½ c. strawberry puree

Method: Combine all aromatics, honey, and strawberries in a gallon container. Let water come up to a simmer and pour over the aromatics. Allow to steep at room temperature for two hours then refrigerate overnight. The next day, strain the tea through a fine sieve. Season with white balsamic and strawberry puree.

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