Holiday Spirits

Holiday Revelry made Healthy-

Make some of the Naughty things a little Nicer!

The Rockstar Remedy

Who says you have to drink to have fun? Not me.

Here are few excellent reasons to not drink at parties.

  • You want to save the calories for desert.
  • You are pregnant
  • You are taking medication
  • You are the designated driver
  • You have to work early and don’t want to feel bad.
  • You hate hangovers
  • You are in recovery

Whether you’re partaking in a month-long detox, a recovery program, or simply a night off from cocktailing, social situations like bars and parties can be challenging. Well-meaning friends, family, coworkers, and party hosts often don’t take “no thank you” for an answer. Dodging the inevitable questioning or prodding is easier when you have a drink in hand. Mentally, it can help you feel more “celebratory” and less awkward in social situations.

Mocktails when Just Say No doesn’t work:

  • Arnold Palmer—a 50-50 split of iced tea and lemonade.
  • Bitters and Soda or Tonic
  • Brown Pelican—apple cider and ginger beer
  • Cranberry Juice and Lime
  • Faux Orangina—citrus soda and orange juice
  • Jefferson—iced tea and orange juice
  • Lemon, Lime, & Bitters (LLB)—lemonade, lime juice, and bitters
  • Non-Alcoholic and Gluten Free beers
  • Rebecca—pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and soda water
  • Rock Sandy—soda water, lemonade, and a dash of Angostura bitters
  • Sparkling Grape Juice
  • Virgin Mary—a Bloody Mary without the vodka
  • Virgin Piña Colada—coconut cream and pineapple juice

Gluten Free Spirits:

  • Organic or biodynamic wine
  • Potato Vodka
  • Tequila and Mescal
  • Gin
  • Sake
  • Gluten Free Beers

“I started not eating any wheat or gluten. I encourage it even if you’re not wheat intolerant because it focuses your mind on eating other things that are healthier, “Hey I can’t have all those beers. What else can I have instead?” I’ll have Tequila. It’s gluten free. It’s fewer calories. And you don’t chug It.” Saul Simon MacWilliams, keyboardist, Ingrid Michaelson; producer, The Lovely Light

Holiday Hangover Helpers

Try my Backstage Alternatives to replenish much-needed vitamins, minerals, and fluids:


A good place to start is the detox shake. Using it as part of the detox leads to a cleaner liver, but it can also be used on the morning after to help you replenish lost vitamins and bounce back.

  • Rx Star Remedy Detox Elixir

Nourish and hydrate:

  • Also, the more hydrated you are, the more your symptoms will ease. Replenish with electrolyte replacements like coconut water and vegetable bouillon along with 8–10 glasses of water to flush toxins.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water the day of and after drinking. You should really drink an extra glass of water for every alcoholic drink

Your Pee should be almost clear or you are dehydrated!

  • Eat easy-to-digest foods like oatmeal, rice, and Soup
  • Eat foods with protein such as eggs, yogurt, cheese, nut butters, fish, chicken, meat-they help to balance the blood sugar


  • B-complex,
  • Emergen-C (one to two packets daily),
  • Vitamin C (1,000 mg)
  • Magnesium-500 mg to help with muscle aches and headaches
  • Herbal remedies such as turmeric and boswelia to help the liver and act as a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Add herbal remedies to support your liver, like dandelion tea (1–2 cups) or milk thistle (per bottle instructions)-These help the liver to detox the alcohol
  • Try ginger and peppermint tea for the nausea and stomach aches

Hangover Tea:

  • Ginger/peppermint –nausea
  • Dandelion and milk thistle-for liver
  • Turmeric-Liver protection
  • Organic honey


  • Get at least 8–10 hours of sleep-The liver detoxes while you are sleeping
  • A sauna, steam, or exercise will help you sweat out the toxins. If you do a steam or sauna then be sure to drink lots of water and follow up with some electrolyte drinks
  • Walk or light exercise for 20 minutes to get your blood cleaned out and circulating
  • And if you can get to your acupuncturist, ask for add-on acupuncture points: ST 36, LI 4, ST 44, LV3, and PC 6.
  • Try Self Acupuncture point and press the Large Intestine 4 Point which is the point in the web of the thumb and index finger. This point helps to detox and get rid of the hangover headaches. Massage this point throughout the day.
  • Get a seasickness bracelet from a travel store or Chinese herb store. These bracelets hit the Pericardium 6 which helps to reduce nausea and vomiting.

“I hardly ever drink anymore. For me, bottom line was I just couldn’t take the hangovers anymore. I still love to drink; I just choose not to be hung-over. Can’t deal with it. It’s a combination of the agony, the pain of the hangover and the lost time. The idea of losing a day because I decided to get drunk just doesn’t balance for me anymore.”— Scott Ian, guitarist, Anthrax 

“My doctor told me this tip and it seems to work: Drink as much water as you’re drinking caffeine and alcohol. After every cup of coffee, have one cup of water. The same goes for drinking. So that’s what I do.” — A. Jay Popoff, singer-songwriter-drummer, LIT