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Goji Berry Holiday Cocktail Recipe with Rum

With the holidays soon upon us, it’s time to start preparing for my seasonal lycii (goji) berry winter cocktail. As I mentioned in the fall, my adventures with herb-infused spirits started with a remarkable hibiscus-infused martini that I had at one of my favorite local brewpubs. I was so inspired; I now have a stock of mason jars full of herb-infused liquors ready for whatever mood my friends and family might be in. For the holiday season, I wanted to create an herb-infused cocktail that would have a brilliantly red, festive color and a delicious sweet-tart flavor profile. Healthful lycii berries turned out to be the perfect answer!


Lycii berry (Lycium barbarum), also known to herbalists as goji, Chinese wolfberry, or Chinese boxthorn, is a bright red, almost chewy berry with a taste very similar to raisins. Generally found in lowland areas across Asia, the high-altitude strain of Lycium is the well-known goji berry. The berries can be eaten raw (they’re delicious in trail mixes, desserts, and smoothies). They can also be steeped as tea and they make a delicious infusion in rum.

Goji berries infusing in rum for a winter cocktail

Goji Berry Infused Rum

Makes approximately 16 drinks



  1. At least five days before serving cocktails, fill a clean quart jar about 1/3 full of lycii berries.
  2. Top the jar off with dark rum.
  3. Set aside to infuse for about five days. The jar can remain on the counter. Shake once a day.
  4. Strain the infused rum into a separate pint jar.
  5. Follow the directions below for goji berry cocktail.

Pro Tip

  • Taste infused rum along the way to determine your preferred flavor profile. 
Goji berry-infused rum cocktails sitting amidst Douglas fir boughs

Goji Berry Holiday Cocktail

Makes 1 drink.


  • Lycii berry-infused rum
  • Organic cherry juice


  1. Fill a champagne flute half full of cherry juice.
  2. Top off glass with lycii berry-infused rum.
  3. Enjoy!


Looking for a Beverage without alcohol?

Try this Maqui Berry Mocktail for the Holidays


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Holiday Cocktail with Goji Berries - Pinterest


Topics: Recipes, Tea & Herbal Drinks


Written by Shawn on December 12, 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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