The Coronavirus Mocktail: Immune-boosting non-alcoholic drink

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

A short and sweet recipe to lift your spirits, your immune system and your glass. I love making cocktails. I am no professional, but I enjoy the art form of blending different colors, aromas, textures and liquids to create a well-crafted drink to end the day. My favorite cocktails to make? Mocktails. They are non-alcoholic, quench the thirst, and won't leave you with a headache the next day. Since our immune systems are at risk of contracting COVID-19, I decided to make a mocktail filled with immune-boosting ingredients that are sure to keep your body satisfied. This mocktail consists of ingredients high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including, ginger kombucha, ice cubes made of 100% fresh-pressed pure cranberry juice, and elderberry syrup.

To keep my immune system extra strong, I also cut out drinking for the remainder of the social isolation period. It's the perfect time to start a detoxifying cleanse, right!? ⠀ Please note: I feel incredibly fortunate and acknowledge my level of privileged that I can source all of these ingredients locally in my home state of Vermont. All of which are organic and align with my zero-waste lifestyle. I sincerely appreciate my accessibility to local foods more than ever during this pandemic. Vermont, you rule.

The 'eyeball' recipe • Drop two ice cubes blocks of cranberry juice (if you can't freeze the juice, throw three tablespoons in and use regular ice for chill)⠀ • Two tablespoons of elderberry syrup⠀ • Fill the rest up with ginger kombucha (or whatever your preferred flavor is)⠀ • Stir and enjoy staying healthy

If you want more information about why I choose these ingredients, continue reading. If you just wanted to know the recipe, that is fine t0o. Either way, I hope you enjoy!

Why did I choose these ingredients?r

  • First off, I have incredible access to local food here in Burlington, Vermont and wanted to support my local community. All three ingredients happen to be local to the Vermont region. If they are not local to your area, or you can't get access, you can certainly switch up the recipe.

  • Cranberries are known as a superfood because of their high count of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They have been linked to reducing the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), the prevention of certain types of cancer, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, enhancing overall oral health, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure. You can read more about the benefits of cranberries here.

  • What I used - Vermont Cranberry Company Pure Cranberry Juice

  • Kombucha also has a long list of health benefits including, rich in antioxidants and probiotics, improves gut health and liver function, reduces cholesterol, helps manage blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory and much more. You can read more about the benefits of Kombucha here.

  • What I used - Aqua ViTea Ginger Kombucha

  • Elderberries have been long known for their high count of immune system properties that help the body fight off colds, flus and other respiratory infections. They contain numerous antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Elderberries are packed full of vitamins and minerals that help prevent constipation, improve bowel function, protect against colorectal cancer, reduce blood pressure, protect against cardiovascular disease and lower blood cholesterol. You can read more about the benefits of Elderberries here.

  • What I used - Samhain Herbs

To sustainability and beyond!

- Marina McCoy

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