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Best Options for Alcohol?

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Created July 30, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Alright, so, I'm not a big alcohol drinker to begin with and never have been, but I do enjoy the occasional shot of hard liquor (rum, whiskey) with friends very rarely. What is my best option for alcohol with my Paleo lifestyle?

Also, what about flavored vodkas? Smirnoff's Green Apple, anyone?

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on April 23, 2013
at 09:12 PM

Red wine. Preferably organic (no sulphites to preserve colour). It's just fermented grapes.

95f4513b7d9deb9c3d5734709f3c5308

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:04 PM

This sounds great! Thank you for the link!

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Norcal Margarita recipe: 1. 2–3 shots of 100% agave tequila 2. Juice and pulp from one lime 3. Shake it all up with some ice 4. Add soda water to taste Although the original recipe doesn't ask for it, i would add stevia to mimic the sweet taste of regular a Margaritas

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I'll have to try that, blueballoon!

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:38 PM

PS- Good gin works nicely in the same prep as the NorCal Margarita.

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Flavored vodkas always do me wrong!

Da51943abcc3acd29440fe001c29a6a4

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:30 PM

My fav paleoish drink hands down. Go heavy on the limes. It's smooth and burns very clean.

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:06 PM

The NorCal margarita is a winner in my book.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:03 PM

There's something about Jagermeister.. I too, once thought it was gross, but it is delicious coming off of an ice luge. It might just taste so odd that I like it. Only drink it once per year now at a big annual summer camp party.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:23 PM

NASTY! I never understood why someone would willingly ingest anything black licorice flavored. =)

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on July 30, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Try Soda water instead of Tonic, cuts the sugar and you still get the carbonation... Takes a little getting use to, but I actually like it now.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:52 AM

It does have sugar, but also has numerous herbs and fruits and probably has more antioxidants than any other booze.

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Tonic is full of sugar

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:46 AM

it's full of sugar!

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

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on July 30, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I have the same reputation. With pride.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on July 30, 2012
at 04:47 AM

They make grain free vodka too: with just potatoes.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on July 30, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Ouzo works if you can drink it.

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(3213)

on July 30, 2012
at 06:47 AM

Scotch, Vodka, Tequila, Dark Rum. A couple of shots, you'll be fine, enjoy!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:06 PM

The NorCal margarita is a winner in my book.

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(3213)

on July 30, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Norcal Margarita recipe: 1. 2–3 shots of 100% agave tequila 2. Juice and pulp from one lime 3. Shake it all up with some ice 4. Add soda water to taste Although the original recipe doesn't ask for it, i would add stevia to mimic the sweet taste of regular a Margaritas

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I used to drink gin and tonic. Then I discovered tonic has sugar in it. =(

After a little searching, I came across Robb Wolf's NorCal Margarita: http://www.winecountrycrossfit.com/the-nor-cal-margarita/

A nice substitute, especially if a good tequila is used.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 30, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I'll have to try that, blueballoon!

Da51943abcc3acd29440fe001c29a6a4

(50)

on July 30, 2012
at 03:30 PM

My fav paleoish drink hands down. Go heavy on the limes. It's smooth and burns very clean.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on July 30, 2012
at 05:38 PM

PS- Good gin works nicely in the same prep as the NorCal Margarita.

95f4513b7d9deb9c3d5734709f3c5308

(182)

on July 30, 2012
at 11:04 PM

This sounds great! Thank you for the link!

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on July 30, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I used to enjoy the occasional (or sometimes frequent) cocktail, but recently have just lost my ability to drink booze. It puts me in a stupor and I have a 2 day hangover and lethargy.

Pretty much the main alcohol I drink is red wine. I think this is reasonably paleo, it is grain and gluten free, and it is easy to make the argument that our ancient ancestors drank it, since it is so easy to prepare.

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on July 30, 2012
at 04:42 AM

~ Good 100% Agave Tequila ~ Good Vodka

I like the above on the rocks, sipped slowly. Sometimes with the juice of a lime/lemon. If you are going to start sipping things straight you will naturally gravitate towards good quality liquors, makes all the difference, much smoother. For example Absolut tastes like burning burning, whereas Grey Goose goes down much nicer....

~ Sh??ch?? - you can get a sweet potato one

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on July 30, 2012
at 04:41 AM

I love vodka and tequila. I have a reputation of drinking vodka "like it's water."

When I go out to bars (which is quite often, being 22), I get an Absolut vodka tonic with a lime and/or shots of Patron Silver. Nothing like getting drunk on gluten-free alcohol.

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

(865)

on July 30, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I have the same reputation. With pride.

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(3213)

on July 30, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Tonic is full of sugar

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on July 30, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Try Soda water instead of Tonic, cuts the sugar and you still get the carbonation... Takes a little getting use to, but I actually like it now.

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:32 PM

At home I make a killer NorCal margarita. If I'm out, it's a double whiskey water.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:55 AM

I think the "cleanest" drinks would be whiskey, tequila and vodka etc - distilled liquors that you can see light through. If your thinking rum, go white rum.

Wine has sugar in it still, as well as undesirable levels of methanol.

Beer obviously has wheat and is similarly full of loads of different chemicals.

Go for pure, clear, clean booze with no sugar - the clearer the liquid, the better. Either straight or mixed with water and ice, or that and add a bit of lemon or lime.

I dont drink, so I think I am objective on the matter :)

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on July 30, 2012
at 05:27 AM

J??germeister ofcourse.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on July 30, 2012
at 03:03 PM

There's something about Jagermeister.. I too, once thought it was gross, but it is delicious coming off of an ice luge. It might just taste so odd that I like it. Only drink it once per year now at a big annual summer camp party.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on July 30, 2012
at 11:52 AM

It does have sugar, but also has numerous herbs and fruits and probably has more antioxidants than any other booze.

Medium avatar

(3213)

on July 30, 2012
at 06:46 AM

it's full of sugar!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:23 PM

NASTY! I never understood why someone would willingly ingest anything black licorice flavored. =)

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78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on July 30, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Wine and most hard liquors should be fine. The former because it doesn't contain any grains in the first place, the latter because gluten should be removed in the distillation process. So rum, whisky, vodka, etc. should be fine.

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7fd66706a1bb1d5612dbb166ff98a708

on July 30, 2012
at 04:09 AM

I've found high quality vodka has worked out very well!

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on July 30, 2012
at 04:47 AM

They make grain free vodka too: with just potatoes.

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A7c1857ce53fb11a9351d05718c7070d

(283)

on July 12, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Don't forget the tequila. So good as a real margarita (ie. no crappy pre-made mix) on the ice. Also great with some club soda and lime. It's a good option at the bar or the golf course.

I did a little more research on alcohol and diet recently and wrote another post:

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/07/09/alcohol-our-liver-the-saturated-fat-protection-factor/

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A7c1857ce53fb11a9351d05718c7070d

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on April 23, 2013
at 07:54 PM

Luksusowa is a great tasting reasonably priced potato vodka. Although distilled grain alcohols usually don't have any gluten left in them, if you are worried about it, this is your best bet deal. I drink it mixed with club soda and lime or with my favorite flavor of low sugar kombucha :-)

I am very Paleo, but do enjoy a reasonable amount of alcohol, and I posted my thoughts about it here;

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/02/22/alcohol-and-leaky-gut-the-probiotic-protection-factor/

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on April 23, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I love bourbon, but it gives me indigestion now, so I'm presuming that things brewed from grain must retain some of the ... graininess in a way that's suboptimal. Have switched mainly to tequila and vodka drinks out, but keep eyeing that bourbon in my cupboard...

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on July 30, 2012
at 03:07 PM

I love straight vodka, I avoid the flavored ones since they taste kind of fake. I am sure once in a while, if you're going to have a drink anyway, they're not going to kill you. If you are at home and can make your own additives to the vodka, it is probably better for you since you can use organic and locally sourced materials.

My fave summer drink is still the mojito, even with the sugar. I save it for special occasions and make it the way I like - extra lime, extra mint, extra sugar, extra rum, splash of club soda. It is compact, sweet, boozy, limey and minty.

I also have a friend who makes homemade wine from wild harvested fruits, berries and grapes in Maine. Oh and rhubarb! They are all nice and dry, high alcohol content compared to commercial wines (15-20%).. they're as strong as cordials, but taste like divine wine, not thick and sweet.

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I drink brandy with water and a splash of bitters....amazing

The interesting aspect of the bitters is that it is derived from herbs and spices that are very well known in ayurvedic medicine, so that perhaps that makes my drink of choice a little more paleo?

I dunno...I get my buzz on and it tastes good and I'm not ingestive any gluten or added sugar, so it works for me

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