Updated: Jul 25, 2020
In our past post, we talked about my favorite cocktails from my bar management days. But now I want to talk to you about non-alcoholic drinks, or drinking more mindfully, I should say.. I want to make it clear that I am not here to judge or tell you what to do or not to do with your life. We are all grown adults. But I do want to shed some light on my thoughts surrounding this.
There's no secret that there is a Sober Movement happening and that people are starting to be more mindful of what they put in their body, including everyone's favorite societal approved drug: alcohol. Even during my last few years in the bar and restaurant industry, I started to see more of a switch. Customers not binge drinking as much, drinking more water in between drinks and also just straight up saying "No, do you have anything non-alcoholic?" And honestly, I think that's awesome. Again, I'm not here to say you should or shouldn't drink, but I do think that it shouldn't be a pressure to drink, and there should be just as many alternatives and options, incase you don't want to consume this drug.
Yes, I said Drug. Alcohol is a drug, it's a legal drug, it's been created through media and society that it's the cool thing to do. And yes it is fun. Some of my most memorable nights have included alcohol. But listen, I also come from a family of alcoholics, I had my first taste of vodka when I was like 6, and I loved it. The first time I got drunk was when I was like ten or eleven. The first time I threw up from drinking I was twelve, and the first time I blacked out from drinking I was fourteen. And that was only the start of my relationship with alcohol. Alcohol surrounded my entire childhood and my entire family. I've had ups and downs with alcohol and periods of times where I drink so heavily I don't even know who I am anymore, periods of time where I don't drink at all, and periods of time were moderation works at it's finest.
I'd say it's been about six years since I finally started looking at alcohol differently. This is around the time that My father passed away at 61 from cirrhosis of the liver, but his mind was far gone before that. He literally lost his mind to alcohol. He didn't know who I was anymore, he didn't know who he was anymore. He was straight up delusional, but had been for many years before his final breath. His whole body deteriorated and his mind was part of that. He had been putting poison in his body heavily for what I can only assume was at least 45 years. Because that is what alcohol is-- it's poison that make's us feel good temporarily, while it is destroying your body if you make it a heavy part of your daily life. What I realized in his passing though, was that alcohol was the root for a lot of the bad in my life, and I also realized that I didn't want to end up anything like him.
Soon after, I started changing my life around, getting more serious about my healing journey and my mental health. With this, I quickly learned that alcohol was one of the worst thing for MY mental health, and again I can only speak for myself here. I needed a lifestyle that had it in slight moderation then over consumption daily. See Alcohol will temporarily alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. But it is only temporary. If anything it is legit stealing happiness from the next day, or the next few days for me. Don't get me wrong, I still have sangria at family BBQs, drink a beer watching the Brooklyn Nets play, or have a glass of wine to catch up with a girlfriend. But it's about moderation, with a lot of water in between. This is what alcohol looks like for MY mental health and that is what works for me.
When I created our Zero Waste Candle To Cocktail Shaker Kit-- I knew I wanted to make sure that we included a non alcoholic recipe in there, because I want anybody to be able to have this sustainable experience, no matter your drinking preference. So the more and more I saw the sober movement happening, and the more and more I took a step back from alcohol. It made me think about, what if we started utilizing cocktails or mocktails for health benefits instead of temporary happiness. What if we created cocktails that utilized super foods, or CBD, or anything that brings benefits to your body instead of harming it.
This is where the idea of Mindful Cocktails was born. What you drink has an impact on your body and your mind, positive or negative. It’s time to bring mindfulness into the glass and to start enjoying some delicious Mindful Cocktails. I am so excited to share with you this concept and start opening up the conversation about drinking. Originally this was supposed to be an entire video series, but due to COVID-19 we have had to pivot and move forward with this project through our lockdown here in NY. For the rest of 2020, join us on here and learn a new Mindful Cocktail Recipe every week!
If you drink alcohol, no big deal-- there are SO many cocktail recipes out there that you can easily find-- just go to pinterest or check out my favorite three cocktails here. And even if you do drink alcohol, that doesn't mean these cocktails aren't for you!-- But if you don't drink alcohol, or maybe you are just choosing to drink less, I wanted to make sure that there are more fun recipes out there for you to experiment with. And in all honesty, if we start looking at drinking differently, and utilize it as something that can help us instead of hurt us, we might even bring permanent happiness.