It’s honestly so rare that I drink, but this time of year with all of the parties and get togethers, well, it’s just nice to kick back and enjoy a drink. Or two. Or three. But with that said, I’m not going to do it haphazardly, and hope for the best outcome for the next day or week. So like with everything I put in my body, I spent some time researching, and also by trial and error, I’ve figure out what is the most Paleo, what is the “cleanest” alcohol, and what my body can digest the easiest. Being half Japanese I’m missing an enzyme that allows me to digest alcohol (do I have a picky body or what?!) so of course I’m ultra sensitive. Anyway, these low sugar, low carb, gluten free drinks have become my drink of choice when I do have something.
On the list below, I am including red wine because it has many health benefits, including high levels of antioxidants, particularly reservatrol, but unfortunately for me, I can no longer digest this at all, which is such a shame. Oh and all of the drinks listed are or should be really good quality.
1. Vodka (Get one made from grapes, or potatoes. Make sure it’s not wheat or rye based. I really like Ciroc which is distilled purely from grapes.)
2. Bards Gluten Free Beer (Whole Foods)
4. Red wine
5. Tequila ( I don’t care for it but know it’s suppose to Paleo cheat approved, if that even makes sense)
Here’s the Vodka I mention distilled by grapes. By the way, I’ll give you a $1 if you can find me in the vodka picture below. And no, I’m not lying on the floor from drinking all of this stuff.
The Big Easy
- 1 part vodka
- 1 part soda water
- Spash of Trader Joe’s low cal lemonade (it is sweetened with stevia)
- Lime juice and blueberries
Beach (or holiday) Drink
- 2 part fresh grapefruit
- 2 part vodka
- 1 part St. Germain (see below)
- 1 part lime
- Splash of soda water
- 24 fresh mint sprigs
- 12 fresh rosemary sprigs
- 1/2 cup honey (optional)
- 2 oranges (6 oz. each), chilled, rinsed, and quartered
- 2 1/4 cup vodka, chilled
- 1 cup fresh lime juice (from about 7 limes), chilled
- 1 1/2 cups soda water, chilled
- Fresh mint leaves
- 100% agave tequila
- Juice and pulp from 1 lime
- Soda water
FOR ALL DRINKS
Lastly, always try to include a lime or lemon in your drinks and here’s why:
1. Lime juice blunts the insulin response of the alcohol, maintaining your precious and hard-earned insulin sensitivity.
2. The lime juice also provides a net alkaline load when it enters the blood stream, which is a very good thing. Many other foods provide a net acid load, it’s important to balance that out.