Elderberries are not only delicious,

But they have been long utilized for their respiratory support and immune boosting properties by the natural health community. According to this Black Elderberry Supplementation meta-analysis, black Elderberry was strongly correlated with decreasing upper respiratory symptoms. In addition to its respiratory support and immune boosting capabilities, it is loaded with anthocynanins which are powerful anti-oxidants that support blood vessel health and detoxification.

In Chinese Medicine herbalism, Elderberry flowers are used to promote sweating which is a favored Chinese medicine approach to quickly getting upper respiratory infections out of the body. They also made medicinal wines out of elderberry to treat injury and arthritis pain.

Here are some Elderberry syrup based Immune Boosting Mocktail recipes. Add your favorite liquor to cocktail it up and get the blood flowing.


Traditionally made with hot water, lemon, honey, and a little whisky, hot toddies are often sipped at the onset of winter crud. This is non-alcoholic spin-off of the classic toddy is delicious and supportive.


  • 2 cups organic apple cider
  • 1 fresh organic lemon wedge
  • 1 dollop of local organic honey
  • 2 tsp Elderberry syrup
  • 1 sprig fresh Rosemary
  • Splash of organic apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • Organic star anise pod (optional)
  • 1 slice raw ginger (optional)


  1. Add rosemary and organic apple cider to a heavy-bottomed saucepan and slowly heat over medium-low for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  1. Squeeze lemon wedge into a mug, adding the entire slice once squeezed.
  1. Add honey and optional apple cider vinegar. This adds a nice tangy flavor to the hot toddy and has additional health benefits.
  1. Strain warm apple cider infusion into the mug and stir to incorporate all the ingredients.
  1. Garnish with an organic star anise pod or simply drink as is.


Pro Tips

  1. Try substituting organic dried thyme for rosemary as another effective and delicious wellness-boosting culinary herb.
  1. Honey can be substituted for another sweetener of choice including organic maple syrup or organic sugar.


You may associate lemonade with summertime, but in most parts of the country, lemons are a winter fruit. This citrusy elderflower mocktail from Sew White puts a full sprig of rosemary in your glass for a festive look.


  • 2 tbsp. Elderberry syrup
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 lemon slices
  • Lemonade
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice cubes


  1. To each of two tall glasses, add a few ice cubes.
  2. Add a dash (about 1 tbsp.) elderflower cordial to each glass.
  3. Add a lemon slice and a rosemary sprig to each.
  4. Top both glasses up with lemonade and serve right away.

Rebel Med NW is a concierge integrative & functional medical clinic located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. We were pleased to be voted Seattle Met Top Doctor by our peers from 2017 to 2023. Rebel Med NW provides Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Physical Medicine, and Primary Care services to the Seattle community. We practice a philosophy of holistic wellness, evidenced based & functional medicine approaches in medicine and "We are here to bring the Mind-Body Connection back to Medicine".

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