When I do drink, I at least try to make it as organic as possible. For beers, I like the Samuel Smith brews from England - all organic (vegan certified, too). There are several retailers here in Boston that sell their products. Also, I enjoy vodka with a splash of organic cranberry and a twist of lime (aka the 'natural' cape codder). Every now and then I'll have a margarita made with organic tequila, key limes, grand marnier and organic agave.
Before going paleo my I was in so much pain I was self-medicating with with a few shots of rum just to get some sleep at night.
Since giving up crap I don't need it anymore, but one small drink a week is still a very pleasant indulgence. I prefer:
Wine. I'd better have someone to share it with, though, because otherwise I'm buying a bottle to enjoy half a glass.
Mead. This is tasty stuff. Honey and fire and nothing else. I never have trouble finding someone to share this with.
The martini. If you told me tomorrow that the combination of gin, vermouth and olives causes testicular cancer and face-melting I would reply with a smile and a farewell bow as I excuse myself from the human race. As far as I'm concerned, the holy grail was a martini glass.
good quality beer as a treat, rarely and light beer with spicy food like MD crabs or Buffalo wings.
Be carefull when you order a NorCal Margerita in a bar! On more that one occasion they put Rose's Lime Syrup in it without telling me and that stuff is full of HFCS!
Basque sour cider, dry ciders from NY State, and ACE perry. I like sour and dry things...if anyone knows of any others I'm in the market to broaden the range of alcohol I like, since I sadly can't drink beer anymore. It was my "cheat" for awhile, but then I realized that my gluten problem was a serious pathology.
I don't drink very often, maybe once or twice a month. Since I start paleo my alcohol tolerance has gotten pretty sorry.
I can't drink beer anymore, it makes me feel terribly bloated and gives me heartburn. I was drinking a lot of dry red and lately rosé wine but I'm cutting it out for a month to see if that'll lean me out a little more. Yeah, it's dry, but hardly free of calories and my liver could use the time off. Oh Malbec, I miss you, esp. that Crios rosé of Malbec, so good on a hot night... but I'll be back!
I tried a hard cider at a bar and it tastes like fizzy sweet apple juice. Bleh.
Living in Oregon, it's hard to avoid the Galaxy of craft beers round here, so there's the occasional indulgence 1-2x/month. Mostly, red wine. Occasional white wine and an Underberg. I'm thinking about getting some Cognac to finish off sauces for meat (been getting into the French-style reductions sans wheat).
I'll second the hard cider. For those former beer drinkers who think it is too sweet, you just need to find a drier one - try looking for Magner's. My husband - who is NOT paleo - has started to prefer MY cider to HIS beer - now half the time when I feel like having one, we are out because of him.
And if I occasionally feel like the hard stuff I am going for a really fine gold or dark rum. Something good enough to sip straight with just some lime and/or maybe a good bitters. No Coca Cola (sigh) - there's my paleo sacrifice I guess.
Even if rum DOES come from sugar cane - in for a penny, in for a pound.
<< alcoholic beverages . . . can be viewed as an essential part of a contemporary diet. >>
I'm not a teetotaler, and everyone's free to consume what they like, but it's hard to classify a substance that's toxic, even fatal, in sufficient volume as essential. There are also entire population groups that have a difficult time metabolizing alcohol in any quantity. "Common," maybe, "pleasurable," perhaps, but non-essential.
quality beer! not PBR or Key light or antyhing like that. I know it's anti-paleo and frankly my dear I don't give a damn. I can handle a beer (or 2...or 3...hey, come on, I'm in college) every once in a while and do it guilt free. other than that, VODKA!
1 shot gold tequila - its yummy
juice of one lime - it blunts the insulin response of the tequila and also registers in the body as an alkali load
soda water - the carbon bubbles gets the alcohol straight to the brain