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Elderberry Raspberry and Hibiscus Mocktails are all the craze! Just use simple syrup and bam! SO easy and SO good for you!

You can easily make this up and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. We take 2 Tbsp of it a day when a bug is going around. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, you name it, we start taking our Elderberry Syrup. (recipe below)

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Once you have the base you can make up some fun drinks with it. Of course, we put a tablespoon in our tea especially our Christmas blend, but I also have some other favorites below. I think you will find them enjoyable for the whole family!

We call them MOCKTAILS because we don’t put any liquor in our drinks. You can, but that is the reason for the name…MOCK…pretend cocktail. My dad long ago called them foxtails, along with the Shirley Temple…ahhhh fun memories.

Anyway, here ya go…hope you like it. If you have a favorite way to use elderberries, post it! I love getting as much use out of this wonderful herb!

I like using some fun glasses when I serve these up. It just makes it look pretty and fun!

Using syrup and Blood Orange sparkling juice

Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Elderberry syrup base (recipe below)
Fill remaining glass with Blood Orange Sparkling Juice
Top with an orange slice if you like

So pretty…you can stir it up or serve with a swivel stick

This next one is fun! I made up some of our favorite tea during the day, Christmas Tea Blend…which has Hibiscus and Rose Hibs herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink.
If Bulk Herb is out of Christmas Tea to blend her is my recipe:
1 Cup of Hibiscus Flower
1 Cup Rose Petals
1/2 Cup Rose Hibs
1/4 Cup of Cinnamon Chips
1/8 Cup Whole Cloves
Orange Peel and Ginger Root about 2-3 tbsp each

In a  mason jar glass:
put 1/2 cup of your blended tea cooled
3 Tbsp of Elderberry syrup
Fill glass with crushed ice
Put a lid on your jar and shake.
Take the flat part of the lid and pour it into your fun glass about 1/2 full.
Fill glass with Club soda to give it the fizz.
I added frozen raspberries on the top and serve.

Elderberry Raspberry Mocktail
Raspberry Hibiscus Tail

The last one is just adding cream to your Mocktail! Use any recipe and just add a little heavy cream on the top. So pretty and fun for all ages and GOOD FOR YOU! For the most part!


*Elderberry Syrup

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cup raw honey ( I do cut back on this as it is really sweet so 1/2 cup I go)
1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and a tablespoon of ginger root
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Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into a strainer over an easy-pour bowl. Smash berries to release remaining juice and get all that goodness into your bowl. Allow to cool and add your honey. Stir. Pour into a mason jar or pretty bottle that seals well. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Enjoy these wonderful drinks and celebrate with goodness and wellness!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

We do love root beer around here!

Especially with a little ice cream and the homemade touch. We also love to have it on our pizza nights! It all just is down home goodness! I have always been fascinated with the ol’ time flavor and the name sarsaparilla. There really is a difference in taste! It is stronger and really more delightful with the tastes of herbs like real vanilla and licorice root. Just amazing flavors pop out! I think you will like this! This recipe makes a quart of syrup that you can use to make your root beer and as a syrup over your favorite ice cream too. For any occasion, you will impress your family and friends with this special drink! So here ya go: 4 cups of water ¼ Sassafras bark 2 tbsp organic anise seed 2 organic Vanilla beans or 4 tbsp of pure vanilla extract ½ tsp organic Licorice Root 10 organic Juniper berries 3 large organic Hops Flowers (optional but love the flavor)

How to Make:

Place 4 cups of water in a pot and bring to boil. Add sassafras bark and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the herbs using a large mesh strainer. Measure the resulting liquid and add ½ part of honey. To 1 part liquid. So if you have 2 cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey.

To make into a soda:

You can add your homemade root beer syrup to a sparkling soda machine or add Club soda to your syrup. Depending on taste you add however much syrup to your soda mixture. Of course, serve in a mason jar to get that ol’ fashioned look! ENJOY it we sure did!!!
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