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When it comes to immune-boosting supplements, elderberries are a pretty big deal. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people have often touted the health benefits of this incredible fruit. While scientists are still debating whether elderberries work, we bet you’ll enjoy this elderberry-infused cocktail. Even if you don’t get an immune boost with this drink, you’re bound to feel refreshed.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to add a little Tribe CBD oil to this berrylicious beverage. With both CBD and elderberries, this cocktail may “cure what ails you!”
CBD Elderberry Cocktail Recipe
Although you won’t find elderberries in your store’s produce department, they have been cultivated for thousands of years. Typically black in color, these berries are native to many European countries and have a long history of use in folk medicine.
While many traditional healers used elderberries to treat patients, you can’t eat elderberries straight off the bush. Interestingly, raw elderberries contain poisonous compounds. Not only are these berries potentially toxic, they have a nasty bitter taste.
Elderberries are only safe to eat after they’ve been cooked (with a pinch of sugar, of course). We’ll be using traditional elderberry syrup for this cocktail recipe, but feel free to add elderberry wine if your store has it.
- 1 Tbsp elderberry syrup
- 1 oz vodka
- Club soda, to fill
- 1 dropperful Tribe CBD oil
- Lemon slice
- Pour elderberry syrup and vodka into a pre-chilled rocks glass
- Stir with a bar spoon
- Top with seltzer water
- Add ice, if desired
- Garnish with Tribe CBD oil and a lemon
At this point, scientists still aren’t sure elderberry is the immune booster that many claim it to be. However, many studies suggest these berries aren’t BS.
For instance, researchers at Hebrew University tracked how elderberry syrup affected a group of influenza patients. Compared with the placebo group, those who took elderberry had fewer signs of a cough and required less medication.
Another study tracked elderberry’s effects on a group of frequent flyers. Interestingly, folks who took elderberry capsules experienced fewer sick days versus the placebo participants. Even when the elderberry participants got ill, it was usually less severe compared with the non-elderberry group.
While these studies are encouraging, please remember that they’re just preliminary trials. More research needs to be done to understand how elderberries work their magic.
Give Your Bod A Boost With Tribe’s CBD Energy Shots!
While elderberries are fantastic, don’t forget that exercise can supercharge your immunity. To help motivate you to get moving, we’d recommend stashing Tribe’s CBD Energy Shots in your gym bag. Even if you don’t feel like training, these all-natural shots will give you the energy you need to go the extra mile…literally.
Find out more about Tribe’s CBD Energy Shots here.