If you’re looking to cut back on alcohol for damp (or dry) January, we’ve got you covered! The biddies dive into a little bit of dry January’s history before sharing some of their favorite adaptogenic drinks and mocktail options.

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Sources:

The Phoenix, History of Dry January

Cleveland Clinic, Adaptogens

KegWorks, What the Heck Is a Shrub?

The Atlantic, The Meaning of Dry January

Study Notes On Adaptogens for Dry January:

*Please note these are the literal notes we created to record the podcast and sections may be copied and pasted from our sources above.

History of Dry January

  • “Sober January” (Raitis Januar) has its roots in WW2 Finland
  • The government declared January 1942 Raitis Januar in order to “save national resources”
    • Reduced consumption of alcohol and saved money
  • Dry January as we know it today started in the early 2000s, but didn’t really take off until 2013 when a British organization “Alcohol Change” initiated a dry January challenge
    • Became especially popular in the US and Canada
      • As much as 1/5th of the US population participate (The Atlantic)
  • Atlantic article: Author of Drunk, Edward Slingerhand, discusses how the two guardrails of alcohol use have fallen away due to distillation (stronger booze) and isolation (more private consumption

Adaptogens

Cleveland Clinic, Adaptogens

Shrubs

  • A shrub is a non-alcoholic syrup made from a combination of fruits, aromatics, sugar and vinegar
    • Typically can mix 1:1:1, let sit for two days or more, and then strain
  • Derived from Arab word “Sharab” which means to drink
  • Were popular in colonial America
    • Helped to preserve/use fruit
  • Once refrigeration came around and soft drinks etc, shrubs became less popular
  • Began to be reintroduced by craft cocktail makers

Brands Kara has tried:

  • Curious Elixirs
    • No. 5 (“cherry chocolate old fashioned”)
      • Elderberry and ginger: boost immunity
      • Shatavari: antiviral, boots immune system, antioxidant, hormone balancing
  • Little Saints
    • Three flavors: Ginger Mule, Paloma, Spicy Margarita
      • CBD: relieves pain, helps balance blood sugar, eases anxiety
      • Terpenes (also from cannabis): ant-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antioxidant
      • Reishi: boosts immune system, lowers cholesterol
  • Apothekary
    • Rose-Tinted Glasses
      • Hibiscus: antioxidant, may help promote weight loss, supports health of heart and liver
      • Schisandra Berry: improves liver function, reduces stress and depression symptoms
      • Lion’s Mane: regulates blood sugar, reduces blood pressure, supports heart and liver health
      • Rosehip: rich in antioxidants, may support immune system and heart, reduces inflammation, may support skin in aging process, may aid weight loss
      • Siberian Ginseng: good for fighting common cold, increases energy, improves cognitive function
      • Chrysanthemum Flower: can reduce blood pressure and support heart health
    • Take the Edge Off
      • White Mulberries: improve blood sugar levels, protect against obesity, prevents bone loss, enhances brain function
      • Passionflower: can help treat anxiety and insomnia, raises about of GABA in brain (promotes relaxation)
      • Oat straw: reduces blood sugar and cholesterol, reduces inflammation, improves blood flow, reduces anxiety
      • Linden: calming, reduces inflammation and blood pressure
      • Skullcap: supports liver, improves digestion, relaxing, may protect against neurological disorders
      • Lemon Peel: high in antioxidants, promotes heart health, improves digestion, may treat gallstones, has anticancer properties

Megiswell.com for great shrub recipes