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The Speckled Palate
September 26, 2019

Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus

This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market. As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support The Speckled Palate! 

Give your immune system a leg up this fall by mixing up an Apple Cider Punch wellness beverage featuring Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup. Makes 1 drink.

Glasses of Individual Apple Cider Punch are lined up in front of pears and apples

The school year has officially begun, and the temperatures, while still holding steady, are thinking about dipping. Fall is arriving in North Texas (soon, I hope), and as the mama of two littles, I’m already worrying about sniffle season and keeping my girls, my husband and myself well.

Enter: my friends at Sprouts Farmers Market!

They asked if I’d be interested in creating a wellness beverage, and I agreed because I have a feeling I’m going to need it this year.

For this drink, they wanted me to highlight Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup. Elderberry has been all the rage for the last few years, and since this syrup is infused with it, offering immunity boosting goodness with every sip.

The elderberry, grown on the Sambucus tree in Europe, has been used as a traditional remedy for centuries. A study suggests that elderberries can help support a healthy immune system, which explains why so many people are consuming various elderberry products in the fall and winter months.

More apple cider drinks: Apple Cider MargaritasApple Pie Moscow MuleSpiked Caramel Apple CiderGin Apple Pie Cocktail

Close up of a bottle of Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup in front of the other punch ingredients

What you’ll need to make Apple Cider Punch

  • Small saucepan
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Mason jar
  • Jigger or liquid angled measuring cup
  • Cocktail glass(es)

Specialty ingredients you need to get your hands on:

  • Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup

You can find the Sambucus Original Syrup and other varieties at your local Sprouts Farmers Market in the vitamin section of the store. And you can obviously purchase all the ingredients of this recipe there, too.

Cinnamon simple syrup is poured into the punch glass

How to make an Individual Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus

Make the Cinnamon Simple Syrup

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, pour in equal parts water and granulated sugar. Let the water come to a simmer, and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat. Add a stick of cinnamon, and let sit for 30 minutes up to 2-3 hours.

Keep in mind that the amount of time the cinnamon is in your simple syrup, the stronger the cinnamon flavor will be. If you want a more subtle cinnamon syrup, I suggest letting the cinnamon sticks infuse for 30 minutes. If you like it a little stronger, let that cinnamon insure for longer.

Once the infusion has finished, remove the cinnamon stick from the simple syrup. Strain with a fine mesh strainer and pour into a mason jar.

You can store this in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Apple cider is poured into a glass to make the mocktail

Mix an individual Apple Cider Punch

In a cocktail glass, measure out the apple cider, pear juice and cinnamon simple syrup. Stir with a cocktail spoon.

Drizzle in the Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup, and then stir again.

Add ice, and serve immediately!

Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup is poured into a glass with the other ingredients

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

Fall entertaining is always so much fun, so I’ve got some great tips and tricks for you to make this drink in a flash, whether you’re serving just a few folks or a crowd.

  • Make the cinnamon simple syrup in advance. It keeps easily in the fridge, so knock that out well before your friends or family members come over.
  • Turn it into a pitcher drink… but keep this one thing in mind: Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup has a specific serving size that is determined by WHO is drinking it. (The serving size is different for a child and an adult, for instance.) Take the juices and simple syrup and pour them into the pitcher, and let your guests add their own Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup once they pour their glass.
  • Cut the garnishes in advance, and drizzle them with lemon juice so they don’t brown. This drink looks so lovely with the paper thin slices of apple and pear, but both fruits brown quickly. Drizzle lemon juice on them after slicing so they don’t oxidize (the thing that causes the browning), and let ‘em hang out until it’s time.

What foods pair nicely with this Apple Cider Punch?

Close up of a glass of Apple Cider Punch that hasn't been stirred or garnished

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the deal with Sambucus? Is this stuff really going to keep me healthy?

Elderberries have been grown in Europe for centuries as a traditional remedy. They grow on Sambucus trees.

Some studies suggest that elderberries can help your immune system stay healthy, so some people consume elderberry products to support their immune systems in the fall and winter months.

Can I share this wellness beverage with my kids?

On the Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup, they have serving sizes, and the original syrup bottle has information about sharing it with kids.

Yes, you can share this wellness beverage with your kids. Sprouts also carries Nature’s Way Sambucus Syrup for Kids, too, if you’d rather go that route.

Why should I go to Sprouts to get these ingredients?

Y’all know I love Sprouts and everything they offer. From their awesome produce prices to their awesome seasonal selections, I’m a fan.

I recently discovered their vitamin section. Yes, even though I’ve been going to the store for years, the vitamin portion of the store was always a mystery. I’m glad to have uncovered it, though, and am really excited to keep exploring it!

A woman grabs a glass of Individual Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus

Quick tips for making Apple Cider Punch

  • Chill the juices in the fridge beforehand so your wellness beverage is ice cold!
  • Store the cinnamon simple syrup in a mason jar.
  • If you can’t find pear juice, use more apple cider in its place.

Three glasses of Individual Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus are shown, with Pinterest text

Now who wants a glass? 

Here’s how you can make this goodness…

Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus
Yield: 1 drink

Apple Cider Punch with Sambucus

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steeping Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Give your immune system a leg up this fall by mixing up an Apple Cider Punch wellness beverage featuring Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup.

Ingredients

Cinnamon Simple Syrup (Makes enough for 8 drinks)

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Apple Cider Punch

  • 3 oz. apple cider
  • 3 oz. pear juice
  • ½ oz. cinnamon simple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Sambucus Elderberry Original Syrup

Instructions

Make the Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the water over medium-high heat.
    Add the sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the cinnamon stick.
  3. Let steep for 30 minutes to 3 hours. (Keep in mind that the longer the cinnamon steeps, the stronger the cinnamon flavor will be.)
  4. When the steeping is done, strain the syrup with a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Make the Wellness Beverage

  1. Slice apples and pears very thin with a sharp knife. Set aside.
  2. In a glass, pour in equal measurements of apple cider and pear juice.
  3. Measure in the cinnamon simple syrup.
  4. Pour in the Sambucus Elderberry Original Syrup next, and stir with a spoon.
  5. Add ice, and garnish with pear and apple slices.
  6. Serve immediately, and enjoy one a day.

Notes

Easy Entertaining Tips

  • Make the cinnamon simple syrup in advance.
  • Turn it into a pitcher drink… but keep this in mind: Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup has a specific serving size that is determined by WHO is drinking it. Take the juices and simple syrup and throw them into the pitcher, and let your guests add their own Nature’s Way Sambucus Original Syrup once they pour their glass.
  • Slice the garnishes in advance, and drizzle them with lemon juice so they don’t brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 138 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 35g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 29g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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