Kin Euphorics Pear-Cinnamon Tea
Think tea, but elevated.
Recently, I was thinking about alcohol. I don’t drink, and the main purpose of my beverage blog is to introduce products and recipes that are not alcohol-focused. I don’t enjoy drinking, because I don’t like the feeling of being hungover, and I don’t enjoy the post-drinking haze that sets into my brain. I feel foggy, uncoordinated and like every motion I make through the day is going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Alcohol effects different people in different ways, but I actively choose not to have it as part of my life. What other people do is none of my business, and I have no opinion on what other people choose to do with their bodies. That being said, I’ve noticed an influx of drinks lately that tout having relaxing effects. I’ve tried a couple of them (reviews to come later), and my overall experience with them is that they simply make me sleepy. Tired and relaxed are different feelings for me, and I like to keep them separate. I’d yet to discover a drink that made me feel effectively calm without loopy side effects where I felt too tired to even walk across the room in a straight line. I think those beverages have a time and place, but that feeling isn’t “relaxation” for me. If I wanted to feel like that, I could just take two melatonin and watch cartoons until I rolled over and passed out face-down in bed. I wanted to explore something different.
When I heard about Kin Euphorics, I was intrigued. I’d heard about nootropics, and from previous research, I couldn’t really glean exactly what they did. The description of their effects is usually rather vague, and don’t pinpoint actual feelings as much as a “state of mind”. I didn’t really understand that. Until now.
I got Kin Euphorics’ High Rhode beverage after carefully reading the description on their website. They talked about an “elevated state of mind” too. High Rhode seemed to be best used as a mixer with other ingredients, and although there were plenty of recipes on the Kin Euphorics website, I took on the challenge of creating my own beverage to put it in. I went with a pear-cinnamon tea (using the word “tea” very loosely), that I could drink hot or cold. That recipe is included here at the bottom of this post. I read the instructions for High Rhode, and took them to heart. When I try something, I need to try it correctly. How else could I gauge its effectiveness? According to the instructions, first-time drinkers are to start with two ounces of High Rhode, try that, and work their way up if that amount doesn’t deliver the results they’re looking for. I started with two ounces. I had the same nervous feeling I did the first time I tried melatonin and wondered “Will this work?” until I was sprawled out on my bed and woke up refreshed with the TV blaring and all my lights on. I hoped this wouldn’t be like that.
It wasn’t. I mixed two ounces of High Rhode in with my drink and sipped slowly. I had no idea what would happen. I was feeling a little anxious, and Kin Euphorics describes High Rhode as a drink to “take the edge off” without the drunk feeling. I totally got that. I felt loosened up within about thirty minutes, as I was deeper into my drink. But I didn’t feel drunk. I didn’t feel uncomfortable, or like I was slowly fading out in frequency while the world spun on without me. I just felt like a calmer version of my usual self. My senses weren’t dulled or anything, but I felt like the tension in my neck eased away a little. I eventually tucked myself into bed and went to sleep.
The next day, I wasn’t sure what happened, or whether or not it was a fluke. So I tried it again. This time, I tried three ounces (mixed with the same pear drink I’d already made). And it worked, again. I was surprised. I don’t ever feel effectively relaxed from outside sources. I’m more susceptible to caffeine than anything “calming”. This time, I felt more relaxed but still didn’t hit any brink of feeling like I needed to stumble outside, chain-smoke ten cigarettes and make vacation plans with complete strangers. It was nice. I have never been happier to be proven wrong. Relaxation is a slippery slope into falling asleep, and I was pleased that I could walk that line in a way that felt controlled. The effects are nothing like alcohol. I can’t really describe what the feeling was. It was more of a shift in what my brain concentrated on. I wasn’t thinking about the many stressors of everyday life. I didn’t completely forget about my stress, as this drink is not a lobotomy, but I felt a little detached from them, like I eased into a different mindset I was more comfortable with. I look forward to mixing High Rhode with other beverages, and I’m rating this a 10/10. I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to coming up with more recipes to try with this!! For now, my pear-cinnamon recipe is listed below. Enjoy!!
You will need:
- 2 oz Kin Euphorics High Rhode
- 2 pears,cut in slices with seeds and stems discarded
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cups water
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- fine mesh strainer
Bring 4 cups of water, pear slices and cinnamon sticks to a boil. When water is boiling, remove pot from heat and lightly smash pear slices into the bottom of the pot to “muddle” them. Return to heat and bring back to boiling point. Once the water is boiling again, stir in the brown sugar and vanilla extract. Lower the heat and allow contents to simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let it steep and cool for at least 2 hours. After the allotted time has passed, strain the pears and cinnamon sticks and store remaining liquid in the refrigerator. This keeps for about 5 days. I didn’t try keeping it beyond that, and don’t recommend you do so either.