I wanted to start our mindful cocktails off with a great summer cocktail with a kick. This non-alcoholic version of a Spicy Strawberry Margarita is filled with CBD, Skullcap and Acai, allowing this drink to bring you health benefits along with a fun spicy taste. Learn about these amazing brands and how to make this mocktail below!



THE INGREDIENTS:


Strawberry Habanero Soda by New Creations Soda

1 oz Silk Tree Irish Non-Alcoholic Liquor

1 dropper of Skullcap Tincture

1 dropper of Shanti CBD BARE.

. 25 oz Acai Infused Bees Knees Spicy Honey by Bushwick Kitchen

.25 lime juice



MAKING OF ACAI INFUSED SPICY HONEY:


Let me tell you as I jumped back into creating cocktails, I quickly remembered one of my favorite ingredients to use: Honey. It is an easy ingredient, that allows you to take a basic cocktail to the next level. I was so excited to learn that Bushwick Kitchen makes an amazing Spicy Honey. For this cocktail I decided to add some acai powder that I already had for my smoothies, to help break down the spiciness. Honey is very thick so in order to make it a little thinner and easier to mix into the cocktail, I always add some water. Because I am not prepping for an entire bar anymore, my measurements are for only a handful of drinks. I take equal parts honey and water along with a spoonful of acai powder and put in a pan. Stir on low heat and bring to a boil. This is just allowing it to make it less thick and infuse the acai into it. Allow to cool and store in a closed container.


HOW TO MAKE THE MINDFUL COCKTAIL:


Get your mason jar cocktail shaker, and put all ingredients in. Fill with ice and Shake! Fill a new mason jar with ice and pour from the cocktail shaker. Top with New Creations Strawberry Habanero Soda. Garnish with a Strawberry, grab your Stainless Steel Straw and you are ready to enjoy this spicy mindful cocktail. Learn more about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker kit here.



ABOUT THE MINDFUL INGREDIENTS:


SILKTREE* is a distilled non alcoholic Irish spirit. Silk Tree is not just a non-alcoholic, sugar-free, zero-fat beverage. It is a deliciously refined alternative for you to say yes to, which is why we consider it a mindful ingredient. A spirit made form Ceylon cinnamon, coriander seeds, orange peel, juniper berries and lemon verbena. Learn more about SilkTree Here.


SKULLCAP* is a medicinal plant in the mint family with a long history of use. It was used by Native Americans to treat rabies, stimulate menstruation, relieve breast pain and for purification ceremonies. Before the creations of pharmaceuticals, skullcap was the go to herb for relief of anxiety and nervous tension. Skullcap has a calming and relaxing effect on the body and can be used during the day to restore balance to an overworked individual, or in the evening to promote normal healthy sleep.We use this skullcap tincture by Mountain Rose Herbs.


ACAI* berries have a unique nutritional profile for a fruit, as they're somewhat high in fat and low in sugar. Acai berries have an incredibly high amount of antioxidants, edging out other antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries and cranberries. The antioxidants in acai counteract the damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation in brain cells, which can negatively affect memory and learning. We ordered this Acai Powder from Amazon, to include in our smoothies, but it has come in handy for cocktails as well!


CBD* stands for cannabidiol, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” Click here to learn 7 benefits and uses of CBD.


We love using CBD from Shanti Wellness. In our cocktails, we use their Shanti BARE 250 mg CBD Oil because it is flavorless!


Learn about the benefits of this product:

  • Stress Management: provides endocannabinoid system support which regulates essential body systems and response to daily stressors, producing a relaxed body and mind

  • Anti-Inflammation: supports circulation and cell function to reduce pain and inflammation

  • Cognition + Creativity: improved homeostasis allows for a relaxed, clear and open mind 

  • Flavorless: allows total flexibility to use anywhere and anytime 

BRAND HIGHLIGHT:

New Creations Soda Works is a family owned and operated craft soda shop operating out of the old Thaxton's Turkey Hatchery in Bishop, GA. They create their own recipes and put a twist on old classics, which makes a lighter, fresher and creative alternative to conventional sodas. We absolutely adore the Strawberry Habanero soda, whether for this mindful cocktail, or even to drink on it's own! We suggest getting their four pack of assorted sodas! You can grab our favorite, along with a ButterPecan Cream Soda, a Hops Ginger Ale and an Old Time Root Beer.


SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS is ESSENTIAL. If you are a soda drinker, instead of supporting big corporate companies like Pepsi or Coke, try supporting a small business like New Creations Soda Works, you won't regret it!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Our mindful cocktails are not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.


Disclaimer

This information in our Mindful Cocktail Blog is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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.





Many of you may not know that before I started Shanti Creations, I actually had a successful career in bar management in Manhattan. I was running cocktail lounges, nightclubs, and high end hotel bars. One of my favorite parts of the job was getting to create cocktails with my staff. This was a great team building opportunity for us to create something together, and gave everyone from busser to bartender the opportunity to give their input and help create drinks. I got excited for every new cocktail list because it allowed me to be creative and make things, before even realizing that being able to create was a passion of mine.


So I thought it would be fun in honor of our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker Kit to take a walk down memory lane and share with you three of my favorite cocktails that my staff and I created that you could even make at home!

if you don’t drink alcohol, no worries—learn about our mocktail series here!


So Let's Get Started!


First up we have the, Sage Me Honey, a beautifully balanced gin tea cocktail with a Sage Infused Honey!

INGREDIENTS

1.75 oz of Gin (Bombay Sapphire)

.75 oz of Sage infused Honey**

.5 oz lemon juice

handful of black tea

Garnish: Sage Leaf (optional)


Pour all the ingredients in your mason jar cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a Sage Leaf.


How to make the Sage infused Honey: (measurements depend on how many cocktails) Put equal parts water and honey into a pot and add a handful of sage. Simmer on low heat and bring to a boil. (If you want a stronger sage taste, add more sage and leave simmering longer) Strain and store in closed container. This is also a great honey to add to your regular teas!





Next up is the Blood Moon. The addictive combination of spice and blood orange, has you already thinking about drinking more before you even swallow that first sip.

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz Tequila (Jose Cuervo in video)

.25 oz Bees Knees Spicy Honey by Bushwick Kitchen

1.25 oz Blood Orange Puree by Monin


Pour all ingredients in your mason jar cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

To be completely honest, when we created this original recipe, it called for Ancho Chile Reyes Liquor, but because I didn't have any at home, I found an amazing alternative with the Bees Knees Spicy Honey by Bushwick Kitchen. I would however add a little water to thin out the honey before adding it to the cocktail.





And the last but certainly not least is my all time favorite The Blue Bulleit. This cocktail made me fall in love with bourbon, and am so glad I can easily make this at home!

INGREDIENTS:

Blueberries & Basil

2 oz Bourbon (Bulleit is my preference)

1 oz Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup**

.5 oz Sugarmaker's Cut Maple Syrup by Runamok

.5 oz Lemon Juice


Pour all ingredients in your mason jar cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Pour into a rocks glass with large ice cube and garnish with a basil leaf.




Making a simple syrup is pretty freaking simple. (no pun intended). It's always equal parts water and sugar, bringing to a boil and allowing to cool. Thats it! I always liked adding more ingredients in order to make a unique simple syrup, such as blueberries and basil. My taste buds have also changed, so I don't like super sweet things anymore, so I actually changed this recipe to half the sugar. So I would put one cup water, and half a cup sugar, to make a little less sweet simple syrup. But that's up to you!


How To Make the Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup: Put equal parts sugar and water into a pot and add a handful of basil and 3 handfuls of blueberries. Simmer on low heat to a boil. Continue for at least 10 minutes. Strain into a closed container and store in fridge. This is a great syrup to even add on vanilla ice cream or pancakes!


Let's talk about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker Kit. First it's a Candle, then it's an adorable mason jar cocktail shaker!

I created this kit because I wanted to create a fun and easy experience that made sustainability just a little bit more approachable to people. For the first part—you are going to light your coconut wax candle and enjoy. We recommend burning your candle for about 3 hours. You should always let your candle wax get to the edge of your glass before you blow it out. Depending on how you burn your candles, you can enjoy this for 60-80 hours of peace and calm.


Once your candle has a quarter of an inch left of wax, it's time to finish this part of the journey and prepare to clean your jar! Stick the candle in the freezer. As the wax freezes, it shrinks, making it easier to remove from the jar. Leave it in your freezer for at least 4 hours. To be completely honest, I generally leave mine in overnight. (sometimes two if I forget that I put them in there:)

Take a knife and gently crack the wax, and pop out the bottom. Either take these wax chunks and put in the garbage (don't worry, our wax is biodegradable so it won't cause any harm) or go ahead and utilize these in a wax melter! Wash with soap and water and now you have a new mason jar! Take your included cocktail shaker lid and now you have the cutest mason jar cocktail shaker! We even include a Mocktail and Cocktail recipe that you can easily do at home! Buy this kit here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker Kit along with my favorite three cocktails from my past career! If you have any questions about the cocktails here, don't hesitate to ask! We also want to be able for anyone to be able to utilize this kit, even if they don't drink, which is why. we are launching our mindful cocktails, a collection of mocktails. What are mindful cocktails?

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