cocktail hour!

For the month of April, I have been cocktail free. This began as a twitter conversation between Allison,Β Brittany and Janetha and I, (whose crazed idea was this, anyway!?) and turned into something we all agreed to do. We’ve been checking in and supporting each other, with plenty of laughs in between. πŸ˜‰

However. There are days you would just really like a cocktail or glass of wine, you know? So at the end of a long and or stressful day, I’ve been kicking back and enjoying. I’ve traded my shaker and my corkscrew for my juicer and my crisper drawer.

healthy happy hour libation

serves two

2 orange bell peppers
6 carrots
2 pears
1 grapefruit, peeled
1 beet


Have you ever taken a break from imbibing?


  1. says

    Hm. I probably *should* consider a wine-free month but I just LOVE a good glass of wine after a long day or week. Or over a “date night in” with my husband. It would be missed, I’ll say that. how has the month felt so far? Are you secretly glad it’s almost over?? πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      girl!! we’re not almost over!! it’s only half way!! πŸ˜‰ just kidding, it’s going okay! there was one dinner out where I would have loved a glass of wine, but it was fine! I’ve gone longer than a month before. πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      you CAN taste the peppers, and they are SO good! even if you like juice to be sweet, the pepper flavor goes well with sweet. you should try it – start with one and see what you think!

  2. says

    now that’s my kind of cocktail! I’m (usually) not a drinker at all, but this year with all the wedding planning, i’ve been leaning on martini’s like it’s my job. i’m nixing them until the wedding though in sake of my waist line!

    • spabettie says

      Christine, I HAVE NO IDEA !! πŸ˜‰ kidding… it sounded good at the time?? I’ve done this before, even recently, and longer than a month. I suppose a challenge and health, although it’s not like I drink a lot.

  3. says

    Yummm! That’s exactly what I’m doing this month. Instead of vino I’m downing my veggie juice like nobody’s business πŸ˜‰
    Cute blog, just found you the other day. Love it.

    • spabettie says

      Hi Lindsay!! thank you!! (I’m going to go visit yours in a minute…) juice a great alternative to the vino, no? especially when it’s pretty!

    • spabettie says

      there was a time when I did this and it was more difficult… now I kid when I joke that it’s tough. πŸ˜‰ I mean, there has been a time this month where I DID want a glass of wine, but I was cool…

  4. says

    You know I did this in January, and it has continued on for months! I’ve had 3-4 glasses of wine in 2011 and 1 jello shot (don’t ask), but that’s it. Kombucha is my mocktail. :)

    • spabettie says

      JELLO SHOT?? awesome. it’s been a long time since I’ve had one of those. actually, it was a couple years ago, in AUSTIN! πŸ˜‰

      kombucha is definitely a yummy cocktail sub – it even makes me feel tipsy sometimes!

      • says

        Of course it was in Austin! Ha. This was at the St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza….remember the outdoor marathon drinking event with too many beer and smelly beer? I had one jello shot. It was green. And I carried my hand sanitizer with me everywhere.

        • spabettie says

          you and I are two peas. I have a friend – when we are together in a public restroom, we both stand there waiting for the other to open the door to leave. I like the doors with a push handle, because I can just KICK it open! πŸ˜€

          • spabettie says

            ew Ew EW !! πŸ˜€ well, I am safe when we’re out together, I’ll make sure you accompany me to the bathroom every time!!

          • says

            I seriously won’t touch public doors/knobs, etc. Billy always have to open the door and he thinks I’m crazy. The worst in on the subway in NYC. I will not touch anything, therefore cling to Billy as we sway back and forth on a crowded speeding train. I drive him crazy! Hahaha. He’s stuck with me. πŸ˜‰

  5. says

    I’m on a break from the sauce right now too!
    I am wishing for a glass of wine, but I’m going to resist for a while…and stick to my juice. This looks like an awesome juice combo! Today I made celery, cuke, romaine, lime, stevia, and orange extract….it was like key lime pie (kinda)!

  6. says

    January when I went raw. And for MANY years during pregnancies and then when breastfeeding. I did have a glass of wine here and there during breastfeeding using the good ol pump + dump method. We’re going raw again in August so I’ll be *off the sauce* then too. Although…come to think of it I haven’t had a lick of alcohol in the past few weeks without even thinking about it.

    • spabettie says

      that’s how I have been – once you actively stop, it’s pretty easy. I feel REALLY good when I don’t drink, even if it’s just one every now and then, I feel it.

  7. says

    I have only abstaining from spirits when I was pregnant and then I whined about it. At Lamaze class, they asked three things you like about being pregnant and three things you didn’t. Not being able to drink was one of my three. The other class members looked at me like I was a very bad person. I don’t even drink that much, but it’s that thing about really missing something if you have to give it up. πŸ˜‰

    Great, healthy “cocktail,” Kristina! xo,

    • spabettie says

      so funny, isn’t THAT the truth – you have a harder time when you CANNOT have something. we humans are a peculiar bunch, aren’t we?

  8. says

    I suppose you can’t call it a “break” if you’ve never done it, right? :) Everything about cocktails and such sound so appealing, except for that pesky alcohol. LOL

    • spabettie says

      YES, that’s true! you could have Mocktail Hour, making what sounds good to you without the alcohol! πŸ˜€

  9. says

    Yes. I called it “birth to 24.” :) I’m not a big drinker so it’s never been an issue—never would I have come to the point of thinking “wow—I really need to cut back!” Instead, sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, and whatev. Is this for lent?

    • spabettie says

      yeah, I’m glad it’s EASY for me… meaning I’m not missing it or need to cut back. :) in college it would have been a different story… *sigh*

    • spabettie says

      yep! I should have poured into WINE glasses, this color would have *almost* looked like wine πŸ˜‰

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