We all know how normal it is to unwind with alcohol after a long workday. In fact, it’s often celebrated.
We also all know the only reason it makes us feel better is because it numbs our ability to feel at all, even if it’s just a little bit.
I was inspired to quit drinking regularly when I first watched what I call ‘The Vulnerability Ted Talk.’ I started with no alcohol for 30 days, cold turkey, and it transformed the way I saw myself and the people in my life.
Here are some easy drinks you can make to maintain the after work ritual while kicking the alcohol habit, possibly ushering in a new era of clarity to your life.
1. Sour Virgin
Okay I get it, a sour virgin may not sound appealing to some of you. But this lovely concoction, a take on the classic Mimosa, is my personal favorite.
Mix some organic orange juice with a splash of apple cider vinegar and your choice of sparkling water. Serve cool in a champagne flute! You can still feel fancy without getting tipsy.
Variations I have enjoyed include adding cooled teas such as chamomile or Nerval Tonic Tea from Flora, complexifys the flavor and increases health benefits.
2. The Tranquilizer
This one is really simple: hot tea of your choice with a little splash of black seed oil.
Mix ginko leaves with fresh ginger for a soothing and mind sharpening pick-me-up, but any herbal tea of your choice will do.
Take ten minutes to sit down and do nothing but drink this tea, then take 10 more minutes to bask in the glory of how nice you feel.
If you didn’t accidentally fall asleep, get up now and methodically clean your bathroom or read that next chapter.. this immune boosting, cancer preventing brew does not play!
3. Activating Circulation Cleanser
All you need for this one is some pineapple juice, a teaspoon of ashwagandha powder and some 100 per cent pure cranberry juice. Adjust proportions and add sparkling water to taste.
Great if you still have a lot to do for the night but beware, if you’re close to bedtime, ashwagandha tends to inhibit sleepiness.
Remember, enjoy responsibly!