Elixxr Cafe in Beacon: Adaptogenic Lattes for Holistic Wellness

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Most concoctions on the menu at Elixxr Cafe in Beacon deliberately mix no less than half a dozen substances, which will be additional stretched with add-ons. There’s no alcohol right here, though “typically, I really feel like a bartender,” says Alyssa Karnatz, one of many botanical mixologists.

A number of drinks resemble cocktails and the serving station is laid out like a chemistry lab. There’s certainly alchemy and thought behind the natural, “excessive vibrational” drinks crafted with unique substances at this new wellness café on Essential Road.

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Elixxr Cafe founder Desiree Leigh Honigsberg.

Desiree Leigh Honigsberg first opened up store a 12 months in the past at Hudson Valley Meals Corridor, which has served as an incubator for a number of native eating places and meals companies. When she discovered there was a marketplace for her adaptogenic lattes, she began searching for her personal brick and mortar. Earlier than final Thanksgiving, she moved into an cute storefront of her personal a block away.

Pink and white dominate the clear, minimalist room containing 5 tables, comfortable chairs with armrests, and a row of seats alongside the wall. Vibey music curated by Honigsberg, a Beacon native, contributes to the coolness temper.

When well being points and hormonal imbalances led Honigsberg to discover different therapies, she found natural cures and clear consuming, which, alongside practices like yoga and meditation, paved the trail to her wellness. Elixxr grew out of her need to share the data she had gained and to create a spot for individuals to get pleasure from drinks centered on a holistic, herbalist life-style geared towards maximizing well being of the thoughts, physique, and soul.


For the uninitiated, practitioners of adaptogenic, high-vibrational natural powders, mushroom tinctures, and different dietary supplements converse their very own language. A fast primer: Honigsberg defines adaptogens as “vegetation, roots, and fungi that assist the physique handle stress and help steadiness in our total well-being.”

People have used herbs to heal for 1000’s of years. Trendy practices are influenced by Conventional Chinese language drugs and Ayurveda. It may possibly take some time to grasp the properties of reishi, mucuna, schisandra, agaricus, cordyceps, lion’s mane and different unfamiliar substances that make up the drinks at Elixxr.

“Mucuna is named the dopamine bean of the natural household,” says Honigsberg. Herbalists could make claims, though the FDA provides a caveat to natural complement packaging indicating that product statements “haven’t been evaluated” and the contents are “not supposed to diagnose, deal with, treatment, or stop any illness.”

Honigsberg has her personal disclaimer: “It’s all about discovering out what works finest for you, what resonates with you and what helps you’re feeling empowered to realize your purpose and grow to be your highest self.”

Some drinks are caffeine-free and plenty of are matcha or espresso- primarily based. The espresso beans come from Poughkeepsie-based North River Roastery. Gimme a Golden Glow ($8) consists of turmeric, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, sarsaparilla, lemon zest, oat milk, and maple syrup topped with blue lotus. There’s additionally tea, two chai drinks ($7 and $9) and two seasonal matcha drinks ($8.50).

All of Elixxr’s elixers are adaptable and customizable. Adaptogen Help add-ons ($1) embrace Ashwagandha (stress and anxiousness reduction), He Shou Wu (hair progress and longevity) and Shatavari (hormone balancing and antioxidant). Collagen ($1.75), matcha ($2.50), rose ($2) and an espresso shot ($1.50) can be found as extras. The plant-based nut milks used within the drinks are made in-house and accessible on the market by the quart in old-school glass milk jugs.

Along with Anima Mundi Apothecary powder and tonic from Brooklyn, Elixxr additionally serves and sells Exalted Alchemy tinctures like Grief Aid, Unhappy Help, and Habit Ally created by Beacon-based Jess Kravit, who blends rules from herbalism, astrology and vitality therapeutic. Alongside one wall, cabinets show different gadgets on the market, together with herbs and cacao.

The Therapeutic Energy of Mushrooms

Adaptogenic mushrooms present up in lots of guises at Elixxr. Past the disco-style mirrored-tile sculptures that adorn the shop, they seem on the menu as chaga, reishi, shiitake, agaricus, and lion’s mane. “Some mushrooms enhance mind features and can be found in a concentrated tincture or powder, so they’re simply accessible, stronger and useful for the physique,” Honigsberg says. Taste can be essential. Along with its therapeutic properties, chaga additionally provides an earthy essence that balances nicely within the lattes.

Shroomy White Mocha Matcha, which comes with single-origin matcha, chaga, reishi, vanilla, cocoa butter, oat milk, and maple syrup is a well-liked seasonal drink ($8.50).

Elixxr’s signature drink with essentially the most substances, Cosmic Cacao ($10), consists of a uncooked cacao from Cacao Lab in Kingston, rose, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, tahini, coconut butter, water, and honey (topped with rose petals). Between the neon inexperienced of matcha, the sunshine-yellow of turmeric, the ruby-red of hibiscus, and the electrical blue of butterfly pea, Elixxr’s drinks are a colourful feast for the senses.

Some drinks even appear to glow. When iced over, the Lavender Matcha London Fog ($8.50) resembles a black and tan stout-and-ale mixture—albeit with inexperienced on prime and vivid white beneath. The radiant purple Intuitive Botanical Refresher’s hue turns bluish towards the highest with the addition of ice and glowing water.

On weekends, Elixxr’s sole meals providing, Sweetie Pie’s pop tarts, handmade in Westchester with actual fruit filling and from-scratch dough, promote out quick.

Lifelong Beaconite Taina Lopez raves in regards to the Matcha Latte ($7.50). “After they sprinkle it with rose petals, it’s like a ceremony,” she says. “It feels luxurious to take time from the day and luxuriate in a serene, peaceable second.”