Hawthorn Berry Ginger Non-alcoholic Spritzer

Updated: April 19, 2023

Hawthorn Berry ❤️ Ginger ❤️ Non-alcoholic Spritzer = Hawthorn berries + Ginger + Apple cider vinegar + Raw unfiltered honey + Sparkling Mineral Water
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a flowering shrub of the rose family. It has been historically used to treat cardiovascular disease and to improve circulation, dating back to the first century. It has also been used to treat dysmenorrhea, anxiety, hypotension and hypertension. In modern medicine, clinical trials suggest patients with angina who took hawthorn extract (100 mg orally three times daily for four weeks) experienced a significant improvement in angina and electrocardiogram (ECG) findings. There is also preliminary research that uses hawthorn combined with other herbs in the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety.
After a day on the slopes, I crave this refreshing, sparkling, and warming drink. I usually prepare a hawthorn berry-ginger oxymel before I head up to the mountains. An oxymel is a preparation made of herbs and spices, vinegar, and honey. I combine hawthorn berries, ginger, and apple cider vinegar in a pot and boil for 30 mins until berries are soft. I allow the mixture to cool and then I strain it through a cheesecloth (the seeds in the berries contain cyanide so you do not want any seeds in your preparation). I add honey and warm the mixture slightly until all ingredients are incorporated. I allow the mixture to cool then I store in a jar that is transportable. When I am ready to make my drink, I add 2 ounces of the oxymel to a glass (I like my drink strong) and add sparkling water to the glass. This drink is soothing to the throat and is warming due to be apple cider vinegar and the ginger. It is truly a great treat at the end of a long active day.