It can be argued that alcoholic beverages aren't part of the original human diet but, on the other hand, they can be viewed as an essential part of a contemporary diet.
What are your favourite paleo-friendly drinks? I would personally list
Beer is really anti-Paleo. It's made of gluten containing grains, and unlike whiskey (also made of grains) the gluten is not fermented away. There's at least a sandwich worth of bread in any pint of high quality beer!
Wine and brandy are at the top of my booze list, but I do consume other distilled spirits now and then.
Would it stand to reason that mead would be the most Paleo of alcoholic drinks?
I'm not a huge fan, but given that it's fermented honey and yeast...
Best highball ever:
1 oz "white" 100% agave tequila, I prefer Patron Silver 1 lime wedge Top with soda water
If not that, then red wine; organic Argentina Malbecs are my fav right now.
Shoutout to the Norcal Margarita:
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
Beer is the worst, it's basically anti-paleo. Think of it as 'bread soda'. In fact, ppl used to drink a really thick, heavy beer for solely for its carb content to insure they consumed enough calories (as in 2k years ago).
Almost all alcohols have sugar in them, so it's about moderation and how much you feel like cheating ;)
Wine is OK, the serving size is smaller and it's less carb-heavy than beer.
Hard liqour is better (whiskey, scotch, bourbon, etc) as they are even smaller servings so less sugars.
My faves are scotch & wine. Usually I drink a glass or two of wine with dinner, if I'm being strict I'll go for a single or double of scotch.
On a hot summer day though, nothing beats a liter of lager thought! That's where the 90% rule comes in :)
I am not a heavy drinker. These days I might have 2-3 drinks a week. When I was a young man I often drank a lot more 3-4 times a week. Back then it was all beer. These days I still enjoy the odd beer, but am more likely to reach for red wine or spirits of some kind.
Since eliminating most grains, I simply find that beer is difficult to digest. More than one sits in my stomach like a lump. I find the same thing with foodstuffs made from grain. Both together is dismally unpleasant.
When humans were hunter-gatherers, I don't think they would have had much access to alchohol, other than rotten fruit. While it may not sound appetitizing, you'll find lots of evidence of various birds and animals getting drunk on such fruit. So maybe the closest paleo drink is wine.
My taste for anything alcoholic is near zero. During the first few years of paleo eating, if we had any booze in the house (which was rare), I'd like having one drink a night. Now, I could care less. I've had a bottle of white wine in my fridge for at least 7 months and I have no interest in it. I feel really good about that.
<< 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.
I've been avoiding alcoholic drinks lately (after finding out how alcohol is metabolized in the body). But in the past I've been partial to beer, bourbon and red wine (although not all together)
I was a whisky drinker for years until someone introduced me to good cognac... try any of the Pierre Ferrand varieties. Amazing smooth stuff, sugar is minimal.
There are gluten-free beers -- New Grist is sorghum-and-rice based, and it actually tastes like beer, as do the Green's gluten-free Belgian ales -- but I generally skip beer altogether nowadays in favor of red wine with meals and cold water on hot summer days.
White wine... eh.