Whether you're alcohol free, on a detox journey or simply prefer a clearer state of mind after a night out, there are amazing alternatives to alcohol that can still give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Nature's bounty provides a bridge to a vibrant social scene without the need for a cocktail in hand. But if you still want to look the part, mocktails are a lovely place holder. Herbs like Cotton Root bark, Damiana, Passionflower, Cacao and Hawthorn offer a unique blend of relaxation and euphoria, mimicking the sensory experience of alcohol without the side effects.
Cacao - Cacao is famous for being rich in an alkaloid called theobromine, which is known to be an aphrodisiac and a mood up-lifter. Cacao is a great swap for spirits because who needs a hangover when you can have a chocolate high!
Cotton Root bark - Ditch the booze blues and embrace the botanical buzz with Cotton Root bark. It helps support oxytocin production, which is the feel-good hormone! It has a subtle calming effect and helps promote the desire to connect with others.
Damiana - Damiana keeps the good vibes flowing as it supports healthy circulation, a relaxed nervous system and is commonly used as an aphrodisiac. If you usually need a little something to help you socialize, nix the drama and try Damiana!
Passionflower - Passionflower supports a serene and carefree state of mind. It calms the nervous system while also quieting a chattering mind. If social settings cause a sense of uneasiness for you, this herb will melt those feelings away and can turn an evening into a tranquil escape.
Hawthorn - Hawthorn is well known for its ability to support the heart in many different ways. It supports circulation and heart health, but it's also heartwarming and allows for a deep heart felt sense of well-being and openness. Elevate your spirits without the spirits!
Adding herbs to your mocktail can help you feel communal while still honoring your health preferences. Liquid Bliss is a formula that contains all of these herbs and is a tasty mocktail additive. Here are some Liquid Bliss mocktail recipes to try on your next night out (or in!):
BASIC MOCKTAIL RECIPE
A simple recipe that does not require many ingredients and is easy to make on the fly!
- Fill an 8oz glass with ice
- Pour in kombucha (for a sugar free version use a flavored seltzer)
- Add 8 pumps of Liquid Bliss
- Stir and garnish with fruit, edible flowers or mint leaves!
CHOCOLATE BLISS MARTINI
A fancy and decadent mocktail martini that is sure to impress!
- Chill a martini glass or coupe
- In the chilled glass, drizzle chocolate syrup
- In a cocktail shaker, add chocolate milk (sub chocolate oat milk), 8 pumps of Liquid Bliss and whipped cream (sub coconut whip cream)
- Shake until whipped cream dissolves
- Add ice
- Shake to chill
- Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with berries!
Rebecca Younger is passionate about herbs and women's health. She aspires to plant seeds of inspiration within her community about plant medicine and healthier ways of life. She studied Herbal Medicine at Herbalism Roots in Denver and is a certified Doula through the Matrona Foundation. She is the customer journey lead at WishGarden Herbs.
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