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!
DIY Rose & Elderflower Kombucha Cocktail
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!)
- Steep 2 tbsp of rose petals and 1 tbsp of elderflower in boiling water for 10-15 minutes
- Strain and place in your fridge long enough for it to cool completely
- Add tea, sparkling wine, kombucha, elderflower presse, and lime to a cocktail pitcher, and add edible flowers (to make it look beautiful!)
- Serve cold over ice. Enjoy!
Flower Power: better than your average vodka water?
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!
Green Hangover CuresCraft up anyone of these easy elixirs to help kick your hangover to the curb!
- Mix together water, maple syrup, lemon, and sea salt to re-balance electrolytes and re-hydrate your poor body.
- Brew burdock root, nettle, and peppermint tea to help reduce nausea, improve digestion, and help encourage the removal of toxins while supporting your liver.
- Combine ginger, raw honey, and turmeric to help reduce inflammation, soothe an upset digestive system, and keep your skin looking its best—so no one will even know what you were up to the night before!
Holistic Tips for the Morning After
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.
We're quickly learning the importance of the delicate balance of bacteria housed in the gut. Interesting new research has linked gut flora to digestive issues, mental health, chronic skin irritations, and more. Unfortunately, excess amounts of alcohol can easily disrupt that balance. A nice solution is to take a high quality probiotic and fermented food like kimchi, kefir, or sauerkraut to help support your gut flora on the morning after.
A meal high in healthy fats and protein will do wonders the morning after—and no, I don’t mean a greasy meal from the breakfast café down the street! Alcohol can deplete us of important nutrients, which is why we’re often left reaching for salty, fatty, and carb-heavy foods the next morning. Scramble up some omega-rich eggs, add avocado, greens, and top it with a bit of spicy kimchi–you’ll be surprised at how much better you'll feel!
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.