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Immunity Boosting Mocktails

Updated on March 8, 2021
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Beverley has a degree in Science and additional certifications in nutrition and aromatherapy. She's published on and offline.

Covid-19 virus
Covid-19 virus | Source

Summer of 2020 found us in the midst of a global pandemic. Covid-19. Fun in the sun, parties, picnics were near nonexistent. Social gatherings were like mine fields, especially for those whose health were already compromised. But here we are. New summer. And all’s not lost. Enjoy your summer beverages with added benefits. What are they? Mocktails! And not just any ole mocktails, but drinks with the potential to boost your immune system and overall wellness!

Immune System illustration
Immune System illustration | Source
Land & Naval Battle of Hakodate, Japan c. 1880
Land & Naval Battle of Hakodate, Japan c. 1880 | Source

The Immune System

The immune system is our own personal armed forces. It defends us against pathogens or disease-causing viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeasts and other microorganisms. What does the immune system consist of?

Just as the military is made up of a network of land, air and sea forces, each with their own smaller intricate webs, the immune system consists of organs and tissues such as the spleen, tonsils, skin, mucus membranes, glands (thymus), bone marrow, white blood cells, circulatory system, lymph nodes, digestive system, and proteins. The entire network must be in tip-top shape and able to work together to stop contagions from initiating chronic diseases.

Sick pigeon
Sick pigeon | Source

How Is Our Immune System Compromised?

These harmful microorganisms can launch an attack from anywhere: bodies of water, the air, our food, medicines including antibiotics, and stress. The stronger our immune system, the better our chances of survival. One way to accomplish this, according to health professionals, is to develop healthier lifestyles. Pay attention to our diet and exercise regularly. And we may enhance this most complex and diverse system in our body. Mocktails is a nice place to start.


What are Mocktails?

You’ve heard of the virgin daiquiri, the virgin bloody Mary and the Shirley Temple. They’re examples of mocktails or non-alcoholic cocktails. According to Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, alcohol is usually substituted with infused water, juices, soda and other ingredients. They're available in a variety of flavors. One caveat is that many are premixed and loaded with sugar, artificial flavors and colors. They may be great-tasting, but offer nothing almost to boost immunity and wellness. The featured recipes contain all-natural ingredients.

We will consider four vegetable and four fruit mocktail recipes that are super-charged with deliciousness, and potential to strengthen our immune system. The vegetables and fruits considered were determine by by Researchers and nutritionists to be some of the best for immune health.

Note, there is no medical evidence to support vegetable nor fruit mocktails curing, treating or preventing disease. Always consult your healthcare provider.

Potential Immunity-Boosting Nutrients

Vegetables & Fruits
Potential Immune System Boosting Nutrients
Carrot
Phytocompounds: beta carotene, lutein, lycopene, phenolic acids. Vitamins A, C
Tomato
Phytocompounds: lycopene, lutein, anthocyanins. Vitamins A, B9, C, E. Minerals potassium, iron
Kale
Phytocompound: beta carotene. Vitamins A, B9, C, K. Minerals iron, copper, potassium, zinc. Omega-3 fatty acid
Avocado
Phytocompounds: beta carotene, lycopene. Vitamins B6, B9, C. Minerals iron, potassium, magnesium. Glutathione. Omega-3 fatty acid in the form of alpha-linolenic acid
Berries
Phytocompounds: lycopene, lutein, anthocyanins, quercetin (responsible for berry pigmentation). Vitamins A, B9, C, E, K. Minerals iron, potassium, magnesium
Citrus fruit
Phytocompounds: carotenoids, flavonoids, phenolic acids. Vitamins C, A, B9. Minerals potassium, magnesium, copper
Pomegranate
Phytocompounds: anthocyanins, catechins, tannins. Vitamin C. Minerals potassium, magnesium
Kiwifruit/ Kiwi
Phytocompounds: carotenoids, lutein. Omega-3 fatty acids
Chilled Mocktail example I
Chilled Mocktail example I | Source
Chilled Mocktail example II
Chilled Mocktail example II | Source

Four Vegetable Mocktails with Immunity-Boosting Potential

Carrots, tomatoes, kale and avocados are four vegetables containing nutrients that may support a healthy immune system, while make mighty fine summer mocktails. They are loaded with a variety of phytocompounds, including beta carotene, lutein, lycopene, anthocyanins and phenolic acids, plus vitamins A, B9/ folate, C, E, minerals iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, glutathione and even essential fatty acid omega-3. Researchers believe these powerful nutrients have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help strengthen the immune system, so pathogens cannot cause cell damage, inflammation and infection.

Carrot juice, Salix, CC-BY-SA 3.0, wikimedia commons
Carrot juice, Salix, CC-BY-SA 3.0, wikimedia commons
Sparkling water
Sparkling water | Source

Carrots

Carrots contain a healthy supply of beta carotene, lycopene and lutein, phenolic acids, and vitamins A and C.

Carrot Mocktail

Ingredients

¼ cup carrot juice, freshly made

¼ cup orange juice (Navel for good sweetness), freshly squeezed

½ cup organic sparkling apple cider, chilled


Instructions

In pitcher combine carrot juice and orange juice. Pour into a champagne flute, top with sparkling apple cider. Cheers!


Tomato Juice
Tomato Juice | Source
Worcestershire sauce
Worcestershire sauce | Source

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, lutein, anthocyanins, vitamins A, C, B9, and mineral potassium. They also contain some vitamin E and iron.

Tomato (Virgin Bloody Mary) Mocktail

Ingredients

6 oz. of organic tomato juice, chilled

1 oz. or 2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeeze

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes hot sauce (ex: Tabasco)

2 dashes freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of sea salt or celery salt

Garnish (use one or more): dill pickle spear, pickled cauliflower, pickled okra, celery stick, pitted olives, lemon wedge

Ice cubes: optional (will dilute drink)


Instructions

Combine all ingredients (except garnish & ice) in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Stir/ shake thoroughly. Then pour into a highball glass, garnish as desired, add optional ice cubes. Enjoy!

Kale
Kale | Source
Coconut water
Coconut water | Source
Fresh ginger root
Fresh ginger root | Source

Kale

Kale is loaded with beta carotene, vitamins A, C, B9, K, minerals iron, copper, potassium and zinc, and the essential omega-3 fatty acid.

Kale Mocktail

Ingredients

2 packed cups chopped organic kale

2 green apples, cored & chopped

1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & minced

8 ounces coconut water, chilled

2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Pinch of sea salt

Honey, ice cubes: optional

Garnish (one or more): celery stalk, lime wedge, mint leaves, fresh kale leaf


Instructions

Combine kale, apples, ginger, coconut water, lemon juice, sea salt in a blender until smooth. Strain over bowl. Retrieve as much juice as possible. Stir in honey if desired, pour into wine glass (over ice) and garnish. To good health!

Avocado
Avocado | Source
Pineapple juice
Pineapple juice | Source

Avocado

Avocados are excellent sources of beta carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, B6, folate, K, minerals iron, potassium and magnesium, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acid in the form of alpha -linolenic acid.

Avocado Mocktail

Ingredients

1 Haas avocado, peeled & pitted

4 oz. pineapple juice, freshly made

2 tsp raw organic, unfiltered honey/ agave nectar

2 Tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed

5 cilantro leaves

Pinch sea salt

Crushed ice

Garnish (one or more): sea salt, lime wedge, cilantro leaves


Instructions

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Rim wet cocktail/martini glass with sea salt. Pour mocktail, garnish as desired. Salud!

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Four Fruit Mocktails with Immunity-Boosting Potential

Berries, citrus fruits, pomegranates and kiwis or kiwifruits make some of the most delicious mocktails with potential for immune health benefits. Like the vegetables, these fruits are super abundant in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytocompounds, including lycopene, lutein, beta carotene, anthocyanins, rutin, tocopherols, vitamins A, B9/ folate, C, E, and K, minerals potassium, iron, copper and magnesium.

Assortment of berries
Assortment of berries | Source
Sparkling apple cider
Sparkling apple cider | Source

Berries

What specific constituents in berries have properties that may boost our immune system? Berries in general are colorful. The phytonutrients lycopene, lutein, anthocyanins and quercetin are responsible for the colorful pigmentation. These phytonutrients are loaded with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial potential. Additionally, berries contain antioxidant vitamins A, B9 (especially strawberries, blackberries, raspberries), C, E and K, minerals iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Berry Mocktail

Ingredients

2 cups organic sparkling apple cider, chilled

2 cups berries (one kind or different kinds as desired)

1 dash lime juice, freshly squeezed

Hint of cinnamon

Garnish (one or more): lime wedge, whole berries, cinnamon stick


Instructions

Muddle or blend fresh berries until smooth. Pour into a pitcher, stir in other ingredients, then pour into glass and garnish. Salute!

Assortment of citrus fruit wedges
Assortment of citrus fruit wedges | Source
Tangerine citrus fruit
Tangerine citrus fruit | Source

Citrus Fruits

Oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruits, pomelos, lemons, limes are members of the citrus fruit family. They more or less corner the market on vitamin C. They also contain vitamin A, B9, minerals potassium, magnesium and copper, flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids. That lineup positions them to be effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents for immune strength.

Citrus Mocktail

Ingredients

1 cup coconut water, chilled

1 cup sparkling water, chilled

1 cup tangerine juice, freshly squeezed

1 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Dash bitters

Garnish (one or more): lemon wedge, tangerine wedge, mint leaves


Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Pour into glass over optional ice (remember ice dilutes) and garnish as desired. Tangerine can be substituted with orange, clementine or grapefruit. Bottoms up!

Pomagranate
Pomagranate | Source
Kombucha, homemade
Kombucha, homemade | Source
Kombucha, ready-made
Kombucha, ready-made | Source

Pomegranates

Pomegranates have rich supplies of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins and catechins, vitamin C and minerals potassium and magnesium.

Pomegranate Mocktail

Ingredients

1/2 cup organic pomegranate juice, chilled

Thin slice of ginger

1 12-oz. bottle organic kombucha (1 cup of your own), chilled

1 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Raw honey to taste

Ice cubes: optional

Garnish (one of more); ginger slice, lemon wedge, mint leaves


Instructions

Muddle pomegranate juice and ginger in a pitcher. Stir in rest of ingredients. Pour over optional ice in glass and garnish as desired. Cheers!

Kiwifruit or Kiwi
Kiwifruit or Kiwi | Source
Raw Honey
Raw Honey | Source

Kiwi/ Kiwifruit

How can kiwifruit benefit our immune system? Kiwis are abundant in vitamins A, B9, C, E, and K, mineral potassium, carotenoids, lutein, and other phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids.

Lemon Pineapple Kiwi Sparkling Mocktail

Ingredients

1 kiwifruit

3 tsp pineapple juice (if prefer, make your own)

1 tsp raw honey (more if prefer sweeter)

1 can La Croix Sparkling lemon water

*Optional: ice cubes with fresh mint leaves


Instructions

Peel, slice and place kiwi into a small food processor or blender. Add the pineapple juice and raw honey (warm honey in microwave to liquify it). Pulse or blend to make thin, smooth puree. Pour ¾ cup sparkling water into two glasses. Add puree. Serve with mint ice cubes, if desired. To your good health!

Bottom Line

Experiment with these recipes. Combine the fruits with the veggies. Your immune system will thank you. By the time we can gather again with friends and family, your mixologist skills will be par excellence! Again, there is no medical evidence to support vegetable nor fruit mocktails curing, treating or preventing disease. Always consult your healthcare provider. CHEERS!

One More Mocktail Recipe

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Beverley Byer

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    • beverley byer profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverley Byer 

      10 months ago from United States of America

      Glad to help, Dora!

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for sharing these recipes. Interesting and helpful!

    • beverley byer profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverley Byer 

      10 months ago from United States of America

      You can do it, Rochelle! Thanks for commenting!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      10 months ago from California Gold Country

      These sound delicious. Getting all of the ingredients together sounds a little complicated. I could make the tomato one.

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