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WHAT ARE ADAPTOGENS?
Adaptogens are plants that can help the body better manage its responses to stress. In addition to organic fair trade cacao and honey, the Adapt Chocolate Elixir is made with a blend of organic eleuthero root, organic reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom, and organic schisandra berries. These plants are known to support immune health and boost strength and general well-being. I often took the Adapt Elixir on its own last fall and I felt that I generally slept better and was able to fend off getting sick more so than usual.
You can learn more about adaptogens here.
The Alexander is a classic cocktail that was first made with gin, but today it’s most commonly made with brandy. It’s wonderful with any dark spirit though, and I really enjoy making mine with bourbon. The combination of spirit, cream, and chocolate liqueur is one of the most decadent dessert cocktails, and it makes an excellent winter nightcap. The addition of the Adapt Chocolate Elixir gives the cocktail an even richer chocolate flavor, plus the bonus of a dose of health-boosting adaptogens.
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This Adaptogenic Bourbon Alexander is easy to whip up, with just four ingredients (plus an optional toasted marshmallow garnish). You can use any bourbon you prefer, but for best flavor, I recommend picking up a quality bottle of creme de cacao. I typically use light cream, but heavy cream can be used as well, for an even richer dessert cocktail. The traditional Alexander is garnished with freshly grated nutmeg, so if you have some on hand, feel free to sprinkle a bit on top of the finished cocktail. I love to serve this with a toasted marshmallow to make it feel like a complete dessert experience. The s’mores aroma coming from the toasty marshmallow is the perfect compliment to bourbon and chocolate.
ADAPTOGENIC BOURBON ALEXANDER
- .5 oz River’s Rhapsody Chocolate Elixir
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 1 oz cream
- .25 oz creme de cacao (chocolate liqueur)
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a toasted marshmallow (optional, but delicious!)
Disclaimer: I recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products. This post is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.