Summer means long days and longer nights, farmers markets, camping, and even a cheeky patio cocktail (or two!). But as a holistic nutritionist, I'm constantly working to increase nutrient density—especially when it comes to my cocktails. Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this is one of my favourite botanical treats to enjoy outside when the breeze is warm and the sun is beating down!
4oz rose & elderflower tea
8oz sparkling elderflower soda (I used Belvoir Elderberry Presse)
8oz Rise Rose & Schizandra Kombucha
16oz sparkling wine or prosecco
Juice from 1-2 limes (to taste, depending on preference!)
Rose: Rose petals are a good source of vitamin C and calcium, and are thought to increase feelings of joy and well being. Cooling and balancing, they make a perfect addition to a refreshing summer cocktail.
Elderflower: Support your immune system with antioxidant rich elderflower! Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and high in a flavonoid called quercetin, elderflower may also be helpful for reducing allergy symptoms!
Kombucha: Fermented sweet tea that provides b vitamins, enzymes, and organic acids, kombucha is a wonderful way to support the health of your gut.
Schizandra: Known as the ‘five flavour berry’ due to the fact that it’s simultaneously salty, bitter, sweet, sour, and pungent. Schizandra is known as an adaptogen—meaning it acts as a general tonic for the body, helping to increase energy levels, improve mental clarity, and support the body’s ability to handle stress. I also consider schizandra a ‘beauty berry’ because its so wonderful for skin health!
Since summers in Canada are short, I don’t want to waste even a minute feeling under the weather on those mornings after I've had a few too many. To make sure I’m still feeling amazing after a late night, I just follow a few of my favourite holistic hangover tips!
Keep Hydrated While You Party
We all know that alcohol contributes to dehydration, which can mean dull skin, headaches, and irritability. Solution? While you're partying, switch it up and have a glass of water between each cocktail—you’ll thank yourself the next morning! If nothing else, chug a few glasses right before bed to help re-hydrate your body while you sleep.
Get Your B’s
B vitamins play an important role in health and wellness, and help us maintain stable moods, clear skin, and a strong immune system. B vitamins also help the body process alcohol more effectively, but unfortunately, they become drained when the liver is busy processing your kombucha cocktails. Your best bet? Take a high quality B complex before bed to help reduce hangover symptoms like irritability and anxiety.
Thanks for reading—I hope you're all having a beautiful summer!
** Note - the information provided in this article should not be mistaken as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns or are taking any prescription medication please consult your primary care practitioner before introducing any new herbs to your diet.