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Beverages for a calmer happy hour

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For the weary, here's a roundup of three new drink options for a steadier happy hour. Photos from MATE MATE SHOP and 120°

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life ) — With a lack of separation between work and play, a break, no matter how short, can save us.

Wellness experts note three types of breaks: physical, mental and social. That can mean stretching at your desk, sneaking in 20 minutes of “Emily in Paris,” or calling up a friend. Tip: You should take one of at least every type of break every day to keep your sanity as you work from home. Also worth considering, now that we don’t have to report to our 9-to-5’s: take small frequent breaks, rather than a one-time, big-time break at the end of the day. a.k.a. happy hour.

The key is not to overdo it. You still want to return to your work cool, calm and collected, which is also the ideal state to be in for conversations with your quaranteam. Here, a roundup of three new drink options for a steadier happy hour.

Mate Mate

The slow-fermented leaves from South America — known as mate — is one of those coffee alternatives being poised as a cleaner yet no less potent hit. Making its rounds in the pivoting PH nightlife community, Mate Mate (mah-teh mah-teh) masks its raw material’s earthiness with agave and is low in sugar, making it a healthier alternative to sodas. A bottle, which comes to us from Berlin, will tap into deep stores of energy... and insight? Imbibing this gave me startup ideas, which I have yet to develop. In the meantime, you can order a six-pack from their online store, or try one at Futur:st.

Mate Mate, ₱780 for a pack of six from matemate.shop. Photo from MATE MATE SHOP

Bombvinos Natural Wines

Funky and acidic, natural wines call to mind the taste of kombucha, that OG swill for the sober-curious. Taking pride in the fact that its makers use grapes grown without pesticides, and bottle it without preservatives or sulfites, the natural wine community has found an ally in Bombvinos, a platform with a relentless assortment. It seems like every week there’s something new to sample, or a story to hear. Bombvinos takes sourcing seriously, in this age where enjoying your drink can’t be removed from the practices of the people who make them. I’d recommend something (orange wine), but their Instagram does a way better job of doing so.

Sparkling Rosé from Powicana Farms, ₱2250 on bombvinos.com. Photo from BOMBVINOS

120.hr

Psychologists say charging an everyday practice with thought can center you. And so it is with 120° — a collection of social tonics. On the surface, they are “non-alcoholic, coffee-based aperitifs built to share.” But inside is a desire to dig into the cosmos, and feelings that are bigger than us. Their logo, for example, is a lift of the melting clock from Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” (c.1909). Spirituality is something I didn’t know I’d end up thinking about from sipping their 𝟎𝟎° 𝐓𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐃𝐎’ 𝟏𝟎𝟎, a bottled cold coffee that tastes like toasted rice. You can order a bottle from here, or anticipate future tonics on their moonstruck IG.

𝟎𝟎° 𝐓𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐃𝐎’ 𝟏𝟎𝟎 ₱750, from 120°. Photo from 120°