Combine water and elderberries in a non-reactive saucepan (ceramic, enamel, or stainless steel).
Bring water to boil. Then, reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Cool, strain, and add raw honey to taste (optional).
Garnish with fresh lemon or lime slices and fresh mint leaves.
Optional ingredients to simmer with elderberries for an added immune boost are ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick or add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.