Sticking to your workout routine and strict diet doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little fun and party once in a while
But the point is, what to drink and still not lose all the gains of the week?
Which liquor has the least calories? Do we unknowingly end up consuming carbohydrates and fats too?
First of all, if you want to drink, drink distilled spirits like Vodka and Whiskey, because distilled spirits don’t contain carbohydrates and fats.
To choose between the different distilled spirits, go through the calorific values of each and Vodka wins hands down.
So let’s sit back and talk Vodka again. To begin with, pray do not limit your Vodka to Martinis, Mules and Bloody Maries. Vodka is much more than that in fact Vodka’s origin was for medicinal use, and to this day this spirit continues to have several health benefits.
The reference of Vodka in Ukranian comes as the word Horilka, which is a derivative of the Polish for Vodka as it is today, Gorzalka.
Horilka, written in Cyrillic, appeared first in 1533, it was about some medicinal drink that was brought from Poland to Russia by Russian merchants and in its history of early use in Russia, this spirit was mostly used as medicine there too.
In Poland, every landowner had their own version of vodka and they varied as much in taste as cognac produced in different regions of France do. Due to it’s medicinal origin vodka found its place in all social ceremonies, births, marriages, deaths and every other religious celebration was rounded up with a toast of Vodka.
All these had a reason, Vodka indeed has several health benefits if consumed in moderation, even if we brush aside the medicinal benefits, the fact that vodka is the only spirit with zero fat and cholesterols, makes for a good reason to opt for Vodka over other spirits if you want to get drunk and still stay fit.
Remember, that, mixing Vodka with sugary mixes will kill the purpose of choosing Vodka over others.
Vodka Nutrition Information
One fluid ounce of vodka (80 proof) contains:
Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 0 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
Sugar: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams
Like any other alcoholic beverage, Vodka has absolutely no nutritional benefits, but has several medical benefits and for your cheat day, you may rest assured that it’s a ZERO FAT, ZERO CARBOHYDRATE drink with about 64 calories be fluid oz.
It might feel strange that how can Vodka be Zero Carbohydrates, when it’s made from Carbohydrate rich potato or wheat. The fact is that the carbohydrates get removed during repeated distillation and filtration.
So yes, as we have already discussed in other articles, that, Vodka in moderation, which means 1 to 2 drinks a day, can actually prevent Heart Diseases, Ischemic Stroke and Diabetes but of course more validations are required of this relation between moderate drinking and health benefits.
But, there is no doubt that, if you want to enjoy a few drinks over the weekend, Vodka is your drink of choice. But only in moderation, since if you binge drink, the alcohol will still slow down your kidney and you end up processing less of the rest of the food you consumed and your blood stream carries these unprocessed fats and cholesterols until they are cleared over the due course of the week.
So yes, drink Vodka if you want, but in moderation.
Why do we call a mixed drink a cocktail?
There are several origin theories as noted in Difford's Guide, the two most plausible theories are here
The first relates to cocking up poor quality booze with herbs, bitters and mixes, as Cocktail historian David Wondrich writes “if you had an old horse you were trying to sell, you would put some ginger up it’s butt, and it would cock it’s tail up and be frisky. That was known as cock-tail.”
The second theory states that in an Mexican tavern, English sailors noticed that mixed drinks were stirred with the root of a plant known as cola de gallo, or cock's tail in English. The name came to England with the sailors and then to the USA.
Simple Guide to Cocktail Glassware
When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.
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