It's International Panic Day! Stop, don't panic just yet, I have a cocktail for that!

All kidding aside, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults and young people - that's 18% of U.S. population!  This condition costs the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, nearly a third of the country's total mental health costs of $148 billion.

Anxiety and panic attacks often cause depression and the reverse is true as well. One-half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Sadly, even though anxiety disorders are extremely treatable, less than a third of those who suffer from them seek medical help.

I am one of the many who has suffered from panic attacks, but I was one of the 33-1/3 percent who got help and I am happy to say I have not had another attack in nearly 30 years. Panic disorders are not fun and if those around you have never experienced them it is very difficult for them to understand your reactions, feelings and attitudes.  If you are lucky your family and friends will be patient and support you as you struggle to overcome your affliction. Though they might not be able to empathize, they can learn about the disease and sympathize and this will go a long way in helping you towards your recovery.

If you experience anxiety or panic, if you are constantly in a state of agitation, fear or "fight or flight" response, I urge you to seek help.  You can recover and live a normal life, I know because I did (though many of you may question my use of "normal" when applied to me).




1-1/2 Oz. Rye Whiskey
2 Oz. Sweet Tea
1/4 Cup Sour Cherries
Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Maraschino Cherry

Tools:  Cocktail Shaker, Muddler, Strainer

Rub the glass rim with a lemon slice then dip in sugar.
Chill glass in freezer.
Add the cherries and lemon juice to your cocktail shaker then muddle to release the cherry juices.
Add ice to your cocktail shaker then pour in the rye whiskey and the sweet tea.
Shake until chilled, strain into the chilled glass then garnish.
This should stop the panic.


Don't panic, if you're not in a panic or having an anxiety attack, you can still enjoy this delicious cherry infused whiskey and tea cocktail.

June 18th is International Panic Day and National Panic Day is March 9th.

Updated 3-2019

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