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Friendsgiving: How to Host An Ayurvedic Cocktail Party

The holidays can certainly be a stressful time of year. As we approach the holiday season, we’re reminded of the stress that’s about to follow. With Thanksgiving around the corner, however, we look forward to partaking in the tradition of Friendsgiving; a low-key way to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends.

Why are we such big fans? Friendsgiving allows us the flexibility to celebrate before or after Thanksgiving.

Additionally, we like this unconventional holiday because it:

● Doesn’t entail travel
● Easier to make than traditional holiday meals
● Allows us to be ourselves
● Allows us to relax
● Gives us a chance to try something new and nontraditional like an Ayurveda themed cocktail party

No need to prepare a large holiday dinner, stick to cocktail party fare. We suggest simple hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and a signature drink.

Since cinnamon is used to balance digestion, we’ve selected healthy homemade Ayurveda-themed recipes focusing on this warming spice that are simple to make and full of nutrition. Based on Rasa (six tastes of Ayurveda), cinnamon contributes the sweet, pungent and bitter tastes. Cinnamon helps pacify Kapha, balances Vata, and can be consumed by Pitta in smaller quantities.

A must-have for any Friendsgiving Festivity starts with the signature cocktail. We get excited when we get a chance to use persimmons! You will impress your guest with its beauty and taste!

Cinnamon-Spiced Persimmon Turmeric Tea

Cinnamon-Spiced Persimmon Turmeric Tea:

YIELDS 6

Ingredients

  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 2 small persimmons, thinly sliced (save 6 slices to rim glasses)
  • One 3 inch piece peeled and sliced fresh ginger
  • One 3 inch piece peeled and sliced fresh turmeric root
  • 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 16oz bottle of seltzer
  • 6 Cinnamon Shan-tea Dosha Pops for swizzle stick sweeteners

Instructions
Put the filtered water, persimmons, ginger, turmeric, peppercorns and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan. Place lid on pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat, and simmer on low for 40 minutes. Let the tea cool.

Once cool, use a fine mesh strainer to strain tea into 6 glasses. Top off each drink with a little seltzer. Garnish each glass with a dried persimmon slice. Place a Cinnamon Shan-tea Dosha Pop on top of each glass, which can be used as a swizzle stick sweetener.

(Recipe adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen)

Menu suggestions :

As a fun interactive way to invite friends to your Ayurveda Cocktail Party, email them our dosha test to discover their dosha type. Ask them to email you their test results so you know their dosha. At the end of the party give them a dosha-specific parting gift like Dosha Pops (of course).

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