New to Paleo but really trying to throw myself into it. I've a bit of a celebration this weekend and my go to drink is normally spiced rum and coke.
I've read that rum is Paleo (enough to get away with) so I'm just looking for some suggestions to mix it with. I was thinking of boiling up and reducing honey and ginger to make a kind of still ginger beer? Or a mojito with stevia (which I'm struggling to find pure in the UK) or honey?
Unless you celebrate every weekend i would say you should drink your rum with coke! Get drunk, have some fun and don´t forget the late night binge on pizza or McD´s. Rum is not paleo. People just need to find excuses and they come up with theories or studies to justify their behavior. I´ve got you a better excuse: A celebrating is about having fun and part of the fun is to do things you normally wouldn´t do. When you do this a few times a year and eat otherwise healthy there should be no problem.
How often do you celebrate? If it is a few drinks a week then go with what you enjoy. I am a beer man myself. So I try to limit myself to 3 really good beers a week rather than trying to get away with drinking crappy gluten free beer
there are brands of coke that use cane sugar instead of corn syrup, if that interests you. coke being non paleo doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. ginger beer with honey won't be any healthier
edit; and IMO you should stay away from alternative sweeteners. real sweeteners are sweet for a reason
If you want to avoid a lot of added sugars and artificial sweeteners, go for a gin rickey. Otherwise, I typically have a manhattan, some sugar in the vermouth, but if you forgo the marachino cherry, it's not bad. Plus, both are grown up beverages, rum & coke reminds me of college drinking.