Three natural infused botanical spirits for a non-alcoholic cocktail lesson (you already know you want them!)

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With no end to social distancing measures in sight, it feels like we live in a twilight zone where our lives are ruled by screens and work, with very little time to relax. It’s no wonder that when we finally turned off after that marathon zoom session, we somehow got to partake in it while simultaneously Googling the Pythagorean Theorem to help out in math class from home, wanting to reach for something that signals to our brain that the workday is over.

But while we certainly love to relax with some wine (organic or natural wine), a nightly drop does our skin, sleep, or health a disservice.

“As the liver processes alcohol, it releases a dehydrating toxin called acetaldehyde, which provides the skin with much-needed moisture.”

At the end of the day, alcohol isn’t good for your health in any amount, no matter how you slice it (um … pour?). Drinking has been shown to disrupt our sleep cycles and have inflammatory effects on our bodies. As the liver processes alcohol, it releases a dehydrating toxin called acetaldehyde, which provides the skin with much-needed moisture. And that’s not all. A 2009 study found that alcohol can disrupt our natural circadian rhythms (hello, drowsiness), and another 2017 study found that even moderate alcohol consumption can have long-term effects on cognitive function.

Dr. Josh Ax, DNM, CNS, founder of Ancient Nutrition, notes that a primary reason for limiting or restricting alcohol is indeed its impact on brain health, citing a French study linking alcohol use to dementia.

“If you don’t consume alcohol for a month or more, the liver can rest and recover.”

“Everyone has different reasons for not drinking alcohol, but there are some that are common to most people,” said Lisa Richards, nutritionist who developed the Candida Diet. “The liver processes everything that goes into the body, and alcohol is a macronutrient (yes, a macronutrient!) That, if consumed in excess, puts stress on the liver. If you don’t consume alcohol for a month or more, the liver can rest and recovered. “

Enter the alcohol-free drop.

These herbal infused plants are an alternative to spirits and a tasteful, fun, and adult way to make a delicious cocktail as an alternative to wine or cocktail (or at least … to a second glass).

There is a zen to the preparation of a cocktail: we love to garnish ours with fresh herbs (do you grow your own?) And organic citrus fruits. Add a little ceremony to the preparation of your evening cocktail to really cement the line between work and leisure in your day – no alcohol required.

1. For the pioneers: Seedlip

Seedlip was inspired by distilled herbal remedies developed by 17th century doctor John French and became one of the pioneers in the non-alcoholic plant industry four years ago. The company is still strong today. Three offerings were made with the strong rural heritage and love of nature in mind by founder Ben Branson from nine generations. The sophisticated range includes light, citric, dry Grove 42; warm, aromatic, bitter spice 94; and fresh, herbaceous, minty garden 108. Pick your favorite or fill your bar cart with all three to mix things up according to your mood.

5 phenomenal ways for a non-alcoholic cocktail lesson (you know you need them)

2. For the G&T lover: New London Light

The floral forest aromas of gin were the inspiration for New London Light. This alcohol-free spirit was made according to the principles of gin production and offers a botanical basic mixture of Macedonian juniper, ginger and habanero for a wonderful, spicy kick in combination with classic tonic water. This gin alternative loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds is rich in immune-supporting vitamin C – another bonus. Serve with a slice of orange and a sage leaf to highlight the natural flavors and aromas of this botanical.

5 phenomenal ways for a non-alcoholic cocktail lesson (you know you need them)

3. For the LA Local Lovers: Optimist Drinks

If shopping wasn’t part of your daily routine before the pandemic, now it certainly is. Finding local stores to support was one of the main ways we stayed healthy. That’s why we’re so excited that there are Optimist Drinks. This collection of three sugar-free and alcohol-free botanical spirits was created in Los Angeles and is inspired by them. Bright shows off the magic of LA’s salt-sprayed coastline with citrus, jasmine, lavender and turmeric. Fresh is inspired by the local green canyons with wild herbs, anise and habanero. And Smokey is inspired by the dark desert with bitter red orange, warm spices and Lapsang Souchong tea. If that weren’t enough, this company is giving back to the community by using two percent of sales to provide mental health services to adolescents. All the more reason to have a drink or two!

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