Holiday Spirits

Holiday Revelry made Healthy

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

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    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.

    • RxStar 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
    • Eat easy-to-digest foods like oatmeal, rice, and soup


    • B-complex
    • Emergen-C (one to two packets daily)
    • Vitamin C (1,000 mg)
    • Add herbal remedies to support your liver, like dandelion tea (1–2 cups) or milk thistle (per bottle instructions)


    • Get at least 8–10 hours of sleep
    • A sauna, steam, or exercise will help you sweat out the toxins
    • And if you can get to your acupuncturist, ask for add-on acupuncture points: ST 36, LI 4, ST 44, LV3, and PC 6

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