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5 Relaxing Drinks That Are Non-Alcoholic

Aplós, August 10th, 2023

In the quiet hours of our days, when life is slowed to its most elemental rhythms, a soft revolution is taking place. It's a movement away from the boisterous clamor of alcohol-fueled revelry, a departure from the throbbing hangovers and regret-soaked mornings.

This is the era of non-alcoholic drinks — sophisticated, flavor-packed beverages designed to deliver sensorial delights without the taxing aftereffects of their alcoholic counterparts.

A step towards intentionality, mindfulness, and wellness, these alcohol-free alternatives capture the essence of celebration, introspection, and communion. The exploration of relaxation and enjoyment has never been more diversified and more purposeful. This article delves into the world of these drinks, offering a glimpse into the alchemy that gives birth to such exquisite, non-alcoholic concoctions.

What Ingredients Provide Relaxing Alternatives to Alcohol?

In the gentle sway of life's rhythm, we often find ourselves seeking solace, yearning for moments that ground us and rekindle our connection with nature and ourselves. As we navigate this quest, functional spirits emerge as botanical beacons, offering a serene, non-intoxicating alternative to traditional alcohol.

Hemp-Infused Wellness

Amidst the symphony of botanical wellness, a key player is hemp — a plant known for its therapeutic, non-intoxicating properties. At the heart of Aplós Calme, our hemp-infused spirit, lies the marvel of hemp's phytocannabinoids.

These cannabinoids, or naturally occurring compounds like CBD, work in harmony with the human body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network involved in maintaining physiological equilibrium or homeostasis.

By interacting with the ECS, hemp’s phytocannabinoids can help support the regulation of essential functions such as mood, sleep, and stress response, encouraging feelings of relaxation throughout the body and providing a sense of balanced tranquility.

Savoring a sip of Calme is akin to a quiet stroll through an ethereal forest, as the hemp infusion gently permeates your senses, guiding you into a state of relaxed attentiveness. Its non-intoxicating nature ensures that you remain rooted in the present, enjoying every nuance of your experience without the haze of intoxication or the burden of discomfort come morning.

The Power of Adaptogens

Another botanical wonder that can help with relaxation: adaptogens.

Known for their unique ability to help the body respond to stressors, plants and mushrooms with adaptogenic properties — such as ashwagandha, ginseng, turmeric, rhodiola, and reishi — are believed to interact with the body's central stress response system to help us adapt to stress, maintain healthy energy levels, and support overall well-being. Many of these, such as ginseng, rhodiola, and reishi, are also nootropics.

Our proprietary blend of adaptogens lies at the heart of Aplos Arise, bringing its relaxing prowess to every sip of this bold and earthy spirit. A sip of Arise is like being cradled by a serene breeze as you rest under a canopy of lush, verdant leaves. It's a drink that infuses your moment with a sense of resilience, allowing you to navigate life's stressors with assured grace.

The Mood-Boosting Sway of Functional Spirits

Both Calme and Arise encapsulate the philosophy of simply being and thriving in one's natural state. In contrast to alcohol’s harsh after-effects, these non-alcoholic spirits offer a sensory retreat into the embrace of botanical wellness, where the magic of slow days unfolds.

The non-intoxicating nature of these non-alcoholic beverages ensures we remain firmly anchored in the experience, able to enjoy the subtle ebbs and flows of the moment without the distractions of inebriation.

And so, amidst the soft whispers of nature, we discover not only a wellness-supporting alternative to alcohol but also a path to mindful, unhurried living.

Five Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Relaxation

Let us explore some curious elixirs, which weave the magic botanical spirits into their recipe, transforming routine moments into rituals of unhurried relaxation.

1. A Few Good Things

When the day grows tired and a desire for respite tugs at your spirit, A Few Good Things is here to cultivate a soothing sanctuary within you. Like a storybook vegetable patch, this drink holds promise and refuge for bruised cucumbers, wrinkled limes, and weary minds.

Blended with the gentle tranquility of Calme, this cooling cocktail unfolds a tapestry of green freshness that caresses the senses. Sip on the porch spring or a sun-dappled patch of grass during a quiet evening, when time meanders through its course and the world slows its hurried pace.

Ingredients:

  • Calme: 2 oz.
  • Fresh lime juice: 1 oz.
  • Simple syrup: 3/4 oz.
  • Cucumber wheel: 3 oz.
  • Mint leaves: Four to six

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy the symphony of refreshing flavors.

2. A Mellow Margarita

As the day yields to dusk, it brings with it a gentle hush. It’s time for a Mellow Margarita. Here, Calme replaces tequila to create a softer backdrop as it mingles with agave nectar, lime juice, and a splash of orange flower water, yielding a concoction that holds a whisper of the wild.

Garnished with a twist of orange, it’s a drink that enlivens the senses while calming the soul. It's perfect for an intimate gathering under the soft glow of the setting sun.

Ingredients:

  • Calme: 1 oz.
  • Agave nectar: 1 tsp.
  • Lime juice: 1/2 oz.
  • Orange flower water: A splash

Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and roll it in salt. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice cubes into a tumbler. Garnish with a lime wheel and savor the balance of flavors.

3. The Lovely Loneliness of Washing Dishes

Imagine a soothing summer evening, golden hour lightly lacing the edges of the world around you as the wind dances to the subtle harmony of nature. On the breeze, you can hear whispers of the Italian countryside, smell hints of the subtle citrusy tang of the Mediterranean.

Drawing inspiration from the solitary pleasure of washing dishes, the Lovely Loneliness of Washing Dishes is a study of tranquil satisfaction. The soothing power of Calme finds its complement in the zest of grapefruit, the heat of ginger, and the sweet tang of celery syrup.

Enjoy the symphony of subtle yet distinctive flavors in grateful solitude, the distant hum of conversation and birdsongs accompanying the comforting clink of cleaned dishes returning to their shelves.

Ingredients:

  • Calme: 2 oz.
  • Ginger juice: 2 oz.
  • Grapefruit juice: ¾ oz.
  • Celery syrup: ½ oz.

For the celery syrup, combine equal parts celery juice and superfine, organic sugar. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass, garnish with celery leaves, and enjoy the harmonious blend of flavors.

4. An Unhurried Afternoon

For those moments when you decide to close the computer, step away from the noise, plant your feet in the earth, stretch out your spine, take in a breath, and let it out slowly. An Unhurried Afternoon embodies liberation and quiet observation. The Calme combines with seltzer, honey, and lemon to create a cooling, citrusy flavor profile that encourages you to bask in idleness.

Savor it on a languid afternoon, allowing the day to unfold at its own unhurried pace, your senses tuned to the gentle rhythm of existence. As happy hour blends into a calm evening, bask in the golden glow of a booze-free spritz.

Ingredients:

  • Calme: 2 oz.
  • Soda water: 3 oz.
  • Honey: 1 tsp.
  • Lemon wedges cut in quarters: Three

Muddle the lemons with herbs and honey. Add Calme and ice to the mix. Shake and strain into a rocks glass or stemless wine glass. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh herbs, and enjoy this slow, sweet, and soothing symphony of flavors.

5. Laundry Day

Like the reassuring solace found in routine chores, Laundry Day serves as a gentle reminder of the wholesome joys waiting for us within simple pleasures.

Layered with relaxing natural ingredients like lavender and cucumber, this functional cocktail can come alive with Calme or Arise, creating a beverage as soothing as freshly laundered linen. A splash of soda water adds a touch of bubbly delight. Savor it as you fold and fluff, each sip washing away the remnants of a tiring week, leaving behind a sense of serene accomplishment.

Ingredients:

  • Aplós Calme or Arise: 2 oz.
  • Lime juice: ¾ oz.
  • Lavender syrup: ½ oz.
  • Cucumber slices: Four
  • Soda water: 2 oz.

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and boil until sugar dissolves. Add dried culinary lavender and steep. Strain the mixture and cool. Mash cucumber in a cocktail shaker and add Aplós and lavender syrup. Shake and strain into a highball, add soda water, and stir. Garnish with a cucumber slice or fresh lavender if desired.

These alcohol-free drinks underscore the beauty of being and existing, unclouded by the haze of alcohol. They remind us to appreciate the allure of nature, to slow down, and to savor the tranquil rhythm of slow days, sip by soothing sip.

The Bottom Line

As the soft hues of the setting sun paint the sky and the gentle hum of the twilight creates a symphony of serenity, non-alcoholic spirits like Aplós Calme and Arise weave their sublime charm.

Allow our array of cocktail recipes to ignite your imagination as you transform into your own mixologist.

From crafting fruity mocktails with the invigorating Arise, harnessing the relaxing properties of L-theanine by mixing Calme with the tranquility of green tea, or combining the effervescence of a sparkling water mixer with the soothing botanicals like hibiscus and blood orange, let Aplós functional spirits be the canvas for your creativity. Unfurl your imagination, crafting unique, zero-proof elixirs that encapsulate your desired vibe.

Whether you’re a long-time non-drinker, dabbling with Dry January, or just initiating your transition away from drinking alcohol, our Aplós non-alcoholic cocktails present a wealth of tantalizing tastes and experiences. Each sip invites you to explore, experiment, and elevate your relaxation rituals, blooming into an easy state of unhurried happiness.

Sources:

An introduction to the endogenous cannabinoid system | PMC

What are Adaptogens & Types | Cleveland Clinic

Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity | PMC

The smell of lavender is relaxing, science confirms | ScienceDaily

Phytochemical and therapeutic potential of cucumber | PMC

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