2020 was one long happy hour

Minus the happy part.

I thought 2020 and the drama that came with it was over. I thought I could return to nights sipping chamomile tea. I thought I could exhale. But no, a bunch of white people successfully breached the Capitol. If that had been us….

Do you have any Cabernet on sale?

Studies conducted in several countries indicated a higher incidence of anxiety, depression and alcohol consumption during quarantine, in addition to lower mental well-being.

Isolation had us stressed and tipsy.

As a solo traveler, people think I prefer being alone. But I journeyed solo because no one could join me, not because I wanted to be alone. I love being around people. I love hugging and exercising and laughing – with people. So in isolation, I drank a little wine.

Things were manageable, until George Floyd.

Every day was a cry day. Ugly and without notice. In the supermarket, during my runs, on client calls. I couldn’t hold the pain. It wasn’t just the racism; black people are used to it. It was the willful blindness of the non-black people who know me. I expected them to brazenly shout “Black Lives Matter!”, “Angel Matters!”….

I’ll take two bottles.

Using alcohol to destress is commonplace, but it’s not my way. For me, wine represents celebration and communion. I prefer wine with a dope playlist, delicious food, and my favorite people. But in 2020, wine was novocaine. For the pain.

I’d like to return to the good ‘ole days. Maybe you do, too?

If so, this post is for us.

Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas

I’ve grouped these into cold and warm beverages. At the end of each category, I list beverages more similar to alcohol. Often it’s not the “buzz” we’re after, rather the “bite”.

***This post is not meant to help or cure alcoholism. I don’t know anything about that.

Cold Healthy Drinks

  • Cranberry juice + Lime. I recommend pure cranberry juice not the sugary supermarket version. Trader Joe’s has a great cranberry drink.
  • Water with fresh squeezed lemon
  • Hibiscus tea. My client gave me this idea and I’m obsessed.
  • A Powerful Smoothie. Go heavy on the ginger, or cinnamon, or cayenne. Think: what would Badu do?
  • Seltzer plus ginger syrup. Get fancy by muddling fresh basil or rosemary leaves in the bottom.
  • Rethink your Bloody Mary. The non-alcoholic variations are endless. I’m excited about this category.

For more of a “bite”:

  • Kombucha
  • Fruit nectar cut with sparkling water. Try strong, tart fruits, rather than sweet ones. I recommend pomegranate, cranberry, or grapefruit. *The bubbles make it feel like champagne.
  • Fresh lemon or lime with club soda. It has a similar “bite” to white wine.

Hot Healthy Drinks

  • Homemade Ginger tea. Using real ginger will delight your palate. The homie, Sica, put me on to this!
  • Mayan hot chocolate. Bonus: this helps with sinuses and insomnia. A vegan option.
  • Hot water with a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Almond milk served warm with cinnamon. Oh, and cacao! Tons of recipes.
  • Rooibos tea. It has a nice, earthy taste. It has properties similar to red wine.

Drinks Good With Meals

  • Light green teas resemble white wines, except they lack the acidity. Try more robust teas like jasmine or oolong. They possess a good amount of tannins to complement richer, meatier dishes.
  • Soda water or Seltzer + Bitters. You can find flavorful bitters to spice things up. Bitters do have alcohol in them, so the goal is to pour for taste, not intoxication. Drive slow, homie.
  • Tonic water + a splash of fruit juice.
  • Non-alcoholic sparkling cider. There are a lot of tasty options.

If you’ve consumed more alcohol than you’d like, don’t feel bad. Don’t beat yourself up. It is what it is. It was what it was.

Coach loves you.

I hope you found some new beverage ideas. Cheers to 2021, and humanity.

angel fit and hungry

4 Replies to “2020 was one long happy hour“

  1. @Rachel. You are welcome. All voices need to be heard. <3

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience and all this advice, Angel!

  3. @Lady. What a beautiful, thoughtful response. Thank you. I love the sentiment of restoring health to our livers. God knows mine has been on a roller coaster. Thank you for you. Proud to call you a friend!

  4. It’s very brave to share these experiences. I cried a lot, too. I drank more than I cried. 2020 was so dark and long. Praying that hope will be restored so that we can restore the health of our livers. You’re not alone, my friend. You matter! Thanks for the tips. Xoxo

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