Essential Takeaways: 

  • Easily incorporate mood, energy, and immune boosting adaptogens into your wellness routine with this sparkling exotic mocktail. 
  • Created with TCM advisor and chef Zoey Gong, this recipe was crafted with a holistic food therapy approach rooted in Chinese Medicinal cuisine. 
  • Let us know if you recreate this recipe by tagging us @elixhealing and @zoeyxinyigong on Instagram. 

Looking for a fun way to incorporate adaptogens into your diet this season? Our exotic Cardamom Citrus Sparkler is certain to transport you right into holiday mode while helping you build long-lasting resilience.  

With warming notes of pepper, pine, and mint, cardamom is a great choice to spice up a cooling summer drink to bring back some of that yin/yang balance into the recipe, while providing a healthy boost of antioxidants. These aromatic flavors pair beautifully with a fresh base of citrus, like orange and lime, and mint to improve digestion, reduce bloating, and support immune health. For this recipe, Zoey loves to add in Elix’s Stay Well tincture to incorporate essential adaptogens that help to combat fatigue, prevent infections, and support everyday health, so you don’t miss a minute of Summer. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Benefits:

  1. Supports healthy mood and energy levels. 
  2. Promotes healthy digestion and reduces bloating. 
  3. Provides a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C 

Citrus Cardamom Sparkler Recipe 


  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz orange juice 
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom syrup*
  • 7-8 fresh mint leaves
  • Top with lemon flavored kombucha
  • Garnish with citrus zest and a little ground turmeric
  • 3 Squeezes of Elix Healing Stay Well

*You can either purchase pre-made ones or make your own easily at home by boiling 1 cup water, 1/4 cup whole green cardamom pods, and 1 cup sugar together for 20 minutes.


  1. Pour the syrup and juices into the glass
  2. Add the mint and muddle it slightly using the back of a spoon.
  3. Fill up with ice, top with kombucha and stir well to combine.
  4. Garnish with additional mint leaves, citrus zest, turmeric, and Stay Well. 

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This article was reviewed by Zoey Gong.

Zoey Gong is a Traditional Chinese Medicine nutritionist, food therapist, and chef. Her recipes have been featured in various publications, including the cover of Food & Wine magazine in the February 2023 issue. She’s the author of The Five Elements Cookbook: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine with Recipes for Everyday Healing, where she guides readers in the basics of TCM through encyclopedic entries on common ingredients and 50 nourishing recipes.

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