The OG of wellness shots may be made entirely of wheatgrass, but we have come a long way since those first appeared in the 1990s. It’s the craze that’s been brought back to life after more than a year of desperately keeping flu-like symptoms at bay and putting seasonal colds to bed. The functional beverage you may have seen on the shelves in mini bottles is called a “wellness shot.” But what are these little wonder drinks that promise everything from energy, focus and mood enhancements to immunity? Essentially, they’re liquid-filled elixirs of two to three ounces—condensed and concentrated into cold-pressed juices packed to the max with nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidant-rich ingredients. These potent babies often come with a zing—designed to boost your immunity, give you a jolt of root- or spice-based energy, and naturally rev up your metabolism.

Immune Booster Elixir - cold pressed ginger, turmeric, echinacea, zinc, vitamin C, black pepper and honey, $6; The Kick - freshly pressed wheatgrass, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper, $4; Green Zebra Cafe, 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-2848,, @greenzebracafe. 

Anti-Inflammatory Shot  - ginger, turmeric, red apple, lemon and black pepper, $6.5; Elderberry Shot  - elderberry, cloves, cinnamon, astragalus and ginger, $6.5; CROP Juice, 8211 Tourist Center Dr., University Park, 941-358-8182,, @cropjuice. 

Wellness Shot  - ginger, lemon and cayenne, $4; So Fresh, 1455 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-803-5800,, @welovesofresh. 

Hot Shot -  organic orange, cayenne and turmeric, $5; Immune Booster - cold-pressed organic carrot, ginger and lemon, $5; Clean Juice, 215 University Pkwy. #104, Bradenton, 941-822-8160,, @cleanjuiceutc.  

Immune Shot - ginger, turmeric, orange, grapefruit, lemon and cayenne, $3; Fresh Kitchen, 8491 Cooper Creek Blvd. #101, Bradenton, 941-208-3900,, @eatfreshkitchen.