This Immunity Boosting Elixir contains simple ingredients to boost your glow and your health. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little naughty, you could combine your elixir with tonic water and vodka for a fun, refreshing cocktail. Even if you skip the alcohol, these little shots of goodness could be fun “appetizer drinks” at a party. Or–if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, an immunity boosting elixir would make the perfect thing to coat your throat–just add a bit more coconut nectar to give it a more syrupy feel.
Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your elixir, your body can look forward to getting an easily absorbable dose of the vitamin C-rich juices of carrot and lemon, the amino-rich deliciousness of naturally low-sugar coconut nectar, and the anti-inflammatory properties of fresh ginger.
Raw Vegan Recipes: Immunity Boosting Elixir
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cold, filtered water to thin elixir (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon raw coconut nectar (optional)
1. If you have a juicer, juice the lemon, carrot, and ginger. If you don’t have a juicer, blend (or very finely chop) the carrot and ginger. Press the lemon juice into a small container. Using a fine mesh strainer, muddle the carrot, ginger, and lemon juice until a bright orange juice is yielded. (The pulp may be used in a stir fry or soup.)
2. In a small container, whisk together muddled juice, vanilla extract, and raw coconut nectar (if using). If the mixture is a bit thick, add filtered water to thin. Use a funnel to pour the liquid into a shot glass. The elixir may be sipped (my preference) or taken like a shot.
3. If you’d like, the elixir may be combined with a shot of clear alcohol (vodka or gin will do). Add a generous splash of tonic water and serve over crushed ice in an old fashioned glass (6-8 oz.).
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