Hey guys i am having my stag doo next weekend and am going to drink alcohol as a treat as i havent done for 3 months and want to make the most of this 1 night!
Are there any good cocktail recipies out there which are reasonably paleo??
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If you're following the Grok religion, I suppose some wine is about as close as possible.
If you're trying to choose the Lesser of Evils (this is my school), I drink whiskey (yes, it's from gluten-containing grains but it's triple-distilled -- usually -- and it's always distilled), vodka (none of that flavoured crap; don't trust the flavoring) and silver rum without problems.
I'm an old fan of cidre (used to live in Brittany, France where everybody drinks it, all the time) but be CAREFUL of that because it's a growing in popularity and breweries are jumping that train to two equally-offensive problems: 1) they want their own special recipe and add grains containing gluten 2) it can be on some shared equipment. Sadly alcohol itself does not 'kill' (neutralise) gluten (I've been asked this so many times, it's funny).
First of all, I'd recommend drinking a small amount of alcohol a couple of nights before to see how you react. Some people lose their tolerance rather dramatically, and you don't want to get totally wrecked in the first hour of your party.
Neither alcohol nor fruit juice is extremely paleo (though neither one is terribly non-paleo either), so you could go with wine or any kind of distilled liquor. Hold a fancy scotch tasting or drink martinis, or any liquor with soda water (club soda, not tonic water -- that stuff's full of sugar).
The Margarita - 1 Part Tequila, 1 Part Lime Juice, 1 Part Water
The Manhattan - 2 Parts Bourbon, .5 parts Sweet Vermouth, Shake over ice, serve neat
The Ron Swanson - Lagavulin 16 Year, no ice, garnish with Bacon
Big Milky - 1 Part Vodka, 1 Part Coffee Liqueur, 4 Parts Coconut/Almond Milk, serve on ice
Going to completely ignore recreation on this one and focus on Paleo as a way to reduce crud such as the sugars in cocktails.
That said, I think blank sours are a good way to go. A real simple 1:1 recipe of your preferred liquor and lemon juice will taste fine and get you pretty toasty, if you want. Of course whisky sours are the most well known example, although vodka sours may be the most "pure" (the ingredient list would be water, ethanol, lemon juice...pretty spartan and arguably even historically Paleo).
Just avoid the banana daiquiris, mudslides, sex on the beaches, etc.
Red wine would probably be the closest to paleo you'd get.
I'd go with anything gluten free personally. But if it's a one off and you can tolerate gluten, i'd say do what you want :)
I think it's pretty well established that cider is a No - fructose & alcohol are mutually enabling and they end up in a fight with the liver.
Google Chris Masterjohn's views on alcohol & fructose & PUFAs.