Mindful Cocktails - A chat with Camille Vidal

This month, we’ve teamed up once again with Camille Vidal of La Maison Wellness to bring back more Mindful Cocktails goodness and inspiration.

Cami’s recipes are made with Mindful Drinking in mind: a thoughtful approach to all we do and consume, without sacrificing any flavour or fun (read more about discovering Mindful Cocktails in our first blog post with Cami here).

Cami’s recipes are lovingly crafted as low-abv or non-alcoholic, and this month we’ve asked her to create four new recipes inspired by some of our glassware collections. You can find the recipes on the dedicated Mindful Cocktails campaign section of our website here including shoppable links to the product she has featured.

Keep on reading for an exclusive Q&A with Cami, discussing what she’s been up to and what’s up next.

Hey Cami! Since last time we spoke, how’ve you been?

I have been riding the waves like everyone else trying to take one day at a time and accepting the lack of control we have over things in this challenging time. I have also been enjoying the little pocket of joys such as being able to hop on the plane again for a little weekend abroad or even simply enjoying a mindful cocktail with friends at my favourite bars and restaurants.

Dry January can be a passing moment for some - but we love how you approach Mindful Drinking as a lifestyle: lately, where have you found inspiration?

Dry January can be a good motivation and good place to start as sometimes taking some time off drinking alcohol can really allow us to reassess our relationship but ultimately, mindful drinking is a lifestyle. It is about listening to your body and mind and figuring out the best balance for yourself. Honoring that for some people means being sober, for others it means moderation, that's your unique choice and when you make it, it’s liberating and empowering!

Celebrating things - big and small - has always been a large part of your beliefs. What’ve you been celebrating lately?

I’ve been celebrating being more present, appreciating what fills my cup, from the slow mornings, to the little moments of sunshine, sitting down at aperitif hours and enjoying conversation, to the joy of cooking a good meal. Food and drink have a beautiful way of bringing joy in our life especially when becoming mindful of what we drink and what we eat. That's what living well is about.

Food and drink have a beautiful way of bringing joy in our life especially when becoming mindful of what we drink and what we eat. That's what living well is about.

With things gradually beginning to open up across the world, some people are feeling overwhelmed by social activities and all the things it comes along with. Any words of advice for maintaining a balance?

Absolutely, I think we can all find ourselves overwhelmed at times. I think it’s about changing our mentality and instead of thinking about going back to normal, let’s view this moment as a new beginning where we get to decide how we want to do things, how much or how little we want to socialize, the pace of the life we want and give ourselves the space to be ok with the change. Life doesn’t have to go back to what it was if we want it to be different and that’s ok too.

Whilst there’s no shortage of guides to get started in mixology, how can fans start creating their own delicious Mindful drinks?

I always say making cocktails is like cooking, it’s about playing with flavours to create something delicious so play around, have fun and figure out what you like. I share a weekly Mindful Cocktail either alcohol free or Low alcohol, always using more mindful ingredients so a good place to start is on lamaisonwellness.com. And then at home, you want to have your essentials; a selection of beautiful glassware like those NUDE sell, as that really elevate the experience, some good ice, some fresh ingredients especially citruses, some good quality mixers, some better options sweetener like raw honey or maple syrup, and a small selection of your favorite spirits alcohol free and not.

I always say making cocktails is like cooking, it’s about playing with flavours to create something delicious so play around, have fun and figure out what you like.

Summer drink of choice?

 A Spritz! But to be fair I’m a spritz kinda of girl all year round!

We can’t help but ask… Now you’ve spent some time with our glassware, which is your favourite!

 I’m a big fan of the Savage range and I love the Big Top highball as well as your Stem Zero wine glass collection, it’s so fine and so elegant.