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Fall Cocktails: Elder Bellini Recipe with a Mocktail Option

As autumn is now officially here, my mind has turned to the supportive power of elder berries. Elderberry syrup is obviously a tried and true ally for immune system support*, but elder berries also make an excellent base for cocktails and mocktails. My Elder Bellini recipe is one such fall cocktail that provides both remarkable flavor and immune system support*. I must admit that it isn’t exactly an “herbal cocktail” per se—because it is made with herb-infused spirits, it is ostensibly an extract that is added to juice to impart a slight herbal flavor in a full-bodied cocktail. The beauty of this method is that you can make the infusion ahead of time, so you have your elderberry-infused base on hand whenever you get the urge for a remarkably beautiful, delicious cocktail.

Elderberry infused vodka being slowly poured over peach juice to make an Elder Bellini in a champagne flute

My adventure with herb-infused spirits was inspired by a visit to our local Plank Town Brewing Company, where they make an amazing hibiscus-infused martini. The color imparted by the hibiscus, not to mention the flavor, blew me away, and I thought I must try this. When I infuse vodka with elderberries, I get a stunningly purple vodka that is rich in flavor. Combining this beautiful infusion with peach juice creates a dual-colored beverage that goes down refreshingly smooth!


Elderberry and Lemon Infused Vodka

Makes about 16 drinks



  1. Pour elderberries and lemon peel into a quart jar.
  2. Add 16 ounces of vodka.
  3. Infuse three to five days. The jar can remain on the counter. Shake once a day.
  4. Strain the infused vodka into a separate pint jar.
  5. Follow directions below for Bellini.

Pro Tip

  • Taste every couple of days to determine your preferred flavor profile. If you infuse the elder berries and lemon peel too long, they can impart a bitter flavor.

Two elderberrry peach bellinis in flutes surrounded by peaches and limes

Elderberry and Lemon-Infused White Grape Juice

Makes 6-8 drinks



  1. Put all ingredients into a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Heat to approximately 200°F, just before boiling.
  3. Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and let infuse for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the grape juice into a separate pint jar.
  5. Store infused-grape juice in the refrigerator—it should be used within 5 days.

A two-tone elderberry peach Bellini in a champagne flute, topped by a slice of peach

Elderberry Bellini Cocktail or Mocktail

Makes 1 drink


  • Organic peach juice
  • Elderberry and lemon infused vodka or white grape juice (see above)
  • Organic lime juice, optional


  1. Fill a champagne flute about halfway with peach juice.
  2. Gently pour infused vodka or grape juice over the top to create layers of color. 
  3. Add a squeeze of optional lime juice to add a bit of complexity.
  4. Enjoy!

Pro Tip: Using a spoon to catch the initial splash helps to maintain the two-tone color.


Want more herbal cocktail/mocktail recipes?

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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only

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Topics: Recipes, Herbalism, Tea & Herbal Drinks


Written by Shawn on October 20, 2020

Shawn is Mountain Rose Herbs' owner and CEO. He first became involved with Mountain Rose Herbs as a passionate young idealist with a fervent desire to change the world. He was a notorious rabble-rouser, always petitioning for mandatory labeling on genetically modified food crops, encouraging people to support a strong conservation ethic, fighting for the protection of endangered or threatened species, and the protection and enhancement of our riparian areas. When Mountain Rose Herbs came into his life, Shawn saw it as an opportunity to change the way business is conducted on this planet. To this day, the revolutionary business principles that Shawn initiated have been used as a successful model by countless other organizations. Since becoming a co-owner of the company in 2001, he has continued to initiate bold and daring changes, most notably the eradication of all conventionally grown products from our product line, introducing the first line of fair trade certified medicinal herbs in the United States, implementing the design and deployment of our web presence, launching our zero waste program and our charitable giving program, and more. In his spare time, Shawn can be found deep within Oregon’s wilderness system, or lost in the pages of any book about ecology and the environment. He currently retains one of the nation’s largest collections of rare and antiquarian books that deal exclusively with nature writing and outdoor literature. With Thoreau, Abbey, and Muir being his favorites, of course! "All of our environmental issues can be connected to the embarrassing way that business abuses this planet. My objective is to stop this destructive pattern by offering an alternative modality and sharing that modality with others so we can all lead the change necessary to heal the planet"

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