Kratom shots and drinks are a popular new way to take one of the world’s most widely used herbal supplements. For countless generations, local cultures in Southeast Asia simply tucked the raw leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree inside their lips and chewed them throughout the day. In the modern world, kratom connoisseurs have devised ever more creative – and tasty – methods for ingesting the plant-based medicinal. Famous for its strong and sometimes bitter taste, it’s easy to guess what drives this kratom innovation. Building upon the dreaded “toss and wash” method of simply swallowing dry powder, followed by a drink, the kratom shot elevates the experience to new heights of culinary pleasure and fun. But is it as effective? Read on to find out.
Commercial Kratom Shots & Drinks – Review
If you’ve visited a head shop recently or browsed some of the newer online vendors, you may have seen some pre-packaged kratom shots & drinks for sale. These often come in tiny bottles with very colorful labels and comical names. Are these products safe and effective? Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a grab bag. With sketchy labeling and very few product details offered, it’s hard for the average kratom user to know what to expect. Here are two recent products that have been making the rounds:
Mr. Smiley. This cutely packaged 2 ounce bottle has a rave-themed graphic and purports to contain 6 grams of strawberry-flavored red vein kratom. It also lists some chemical sweeteners and artificial flavorings. We are not told where the kratom was grown, so we have little to compare it to. Users report some light relaxing effects, but one very unwanted side effect – a stomach ache. Those syrupy fake fruit flavors can be a tad nauseating.
Aura Blue Raspberry Drink. This sport bottle-sized 8 ounce kratom drink has a thick blue consistency and a hyper-sweet raspberry taste. We are not sure what type of kratom was used or in what quantities. Users report good stress relief and light pain relief when consuming half a bottle. Most also say that the thought of finishing an entire bottle of this syrup-like substance would be too intense.
There are several other companies in this market such as the Kratomite shots which are becoming more widely available. Overall, it’s hard to recommend buying these products when we are not told what’s inside. It is a far most attractive option to buy your own high quality kratom powder and whip up your own drinks and shots. That way you’ll know exactly what you’re getting and exactly what to expect. Why would you ever take a medicinal supplement not knowing what was inside? A cute label just isn’t going to cut it.
Make Your Own Kratom Shot – Recipe
Skip the potential additives and mislabeling of commercial kratom shots & drinks by making your own. This is an incredibly fun way to prepare kratom recipes. It’s very easy and can be infinitely modified with creative ingredients. Kratom shooters are especially fun if you are taking the remedy with a friend. Here’s the recipe:
2-4 grams of the kratom powder of your choice. (White Borneo or White Sumatra Kratom makes for an excellent “pick-me-up” drink.)
1-2 tablespoons honey.
Any soda – like a cola or fruit-flavored pop.
- Fill a standard size shot glass half full with warm water.
- Add in the kratom with a spoon and stir very gently so as not to spill. Don’t worry if it doesn’t dissolve fully.
- Stir in the honey. This will bond with powder and make it very easy to swallow.
- Now fill the shot glass to the brim with more water and stir lightly.
- Prepare a second shot glass full of your flavored soda.
One after the other, first take the full shot glass of kratom liquid, then be ready to very swiftly take the full shot of soda directly afterwards. The total effect will be effervescent and sweet! You won’t taste any bitterness, and the mixture should be quite easy to swallow.
Other Kratom Shots & Drinks
Regular juice is perhaps the most common mixer for homemade kratom drinks. As the favorite chaser for a “toss and wash” method of ingesting, orange juice is the go-to beverage for many kratom fans. Mixing the powder right into the juice has both benefits and drawbacks. OJ and grapefruit juice are thought to be potentiators for kratom – meaning they inhibit the body’s ability to metabolize the plant, thereby increasing the intensity and duration of effects. The experience of drinking this mix can be challenging, as most user report that clumping of the powder makes drinking a full glass a chore. You can also use a Kratom tincture to make the mixing process a lot easier.
Pro Tip: Throw kratom powder into a blender with fresh juice and dash of sweetener like honey or agave for a very drinkable, delicious juice with no clumps.
Kratom tea is a well-known way to enjoy the effects of kratom in an easy to drink format. On cooler days or in the morning, a warm cup of kratom tea will start comforting you with the first sip!
To brew: Add 1.5 times to double the dose of kratom powder you would normally take to a kettle with a little over one cup of water. Stir gently, bringing the mix to a soft boil. Then, turn down the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Pour the liquid trough a strainer into a mug, add a spoonful of raw sugar or honey, and enjoy instantly.
Re-imagining your herbal remedy as the star ingredient of all-new kratom shots & drinks is a clever way to experience kratom’s world famous benefits for body and mind. There is no wrong way to make your own kratom beverages – the bottom line is, no matter how you ingest the leaves and powder, you are on your way to a deeply soothing, yet naturally energizing experience. Get creative and try blending kratom with whatever you’ve got in the fridge – then post your results for all of the other amateur kratom bartenders online.