Episode 038 - Healthier Drinking

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What’s shakin, cocktail fans?

Welcome back to another episode of the Modern Bar Cart Podcast. This week, we’ve got an excellent interview with cocktail author and Certified Nutritional Consultant Ariane Resnick (@chef_ariane on Instagram / @ArianeResnick on Twitter) about how we can enjoy cocktails in a way that’s healthier for our bodies.

As you know, alcohol is technically, kinda bad for you when consumed in large quantities. But then, so is caffeine, or salt, or even water for that matter. So one of the key questions that pertains to all these substances, including the ones that we need to keep us alive, is:

How can we consume this substance in the right quantities, and how do we control the quality of its effects on our bodies?

These are tough questions. And Ariane has a really unique way of framing her answers, backed both by personal experience and hard science.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The story of alcohol as it travels through the body, from the first sip of your drink straight through the morning after.
  • How to use certain foods and herbs to supplement the positive and curb the negative effects of alcohol.
  • Phytonutrients, Antioxidants, and why colorful foods and drinks are good for you
  • More thoughts on bone broth cocktails
  • A few notes on kindness over a dirty Martini with Mr. Rogers
  • And much, much more

Signed Book Giveaway!

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As we like to do here on the podcast, we’re going to do a giveaway of a SIGNED COPY of The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking. And fellas, this book isn’t just for girls - the information and awesome cocktail recipes apply to all of us.

So, here’s how you win your signed copy.

This episode goes live on Thursday, March 1, 2018. You have until Monday, March 4th to hit us up on Instagram, Facebook, or by emailing podcast@modernbarcart.com to tell us why you should receive this free, signed copy of The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking. Tell us why you’re excited about it, maybe tag some folks who you want to test out these cocktails on, and we’ll select a winner by Monday, March 4.

Featured Cocktail: The Bullshot

This drink is not your typical cocktail. Oh no, this was the result of a little online research we did after speaking with Ariane about her experiments with bone broth in cocktails. That’s right, you heard me. Bone broth.

Our featured cocktail is the Bullshot. Careful how you pronounce that one. And it stands somewhere between a bloody mary, a hot toddy, and a cup of beef bouillon.

To make a bullshot cocktail, you need:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 cup beef bouillon
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Hot sauce
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt

Warm up the broth in a small saucepan, stir in the sauces and the spices, and then pour the broth into a mug with the vodka. The key here is not to add the vodka to the saucepan because the alcohol will evaporate, and you’ll be left with just a cup of broth. And just like a Bloody Mary, there’s a whole ton of variations you can do with seasonings and garnishes, so definitely feel free to adjust the Bullshot recipe to your own savory flavor preferences.

If anybody wants to get adventurous and make a round of Bullshot cocktails, definitely tag us on Social Media @modernbarcart and let us know how they turn out!

Show Notes

Below are a few things you can do to drink healthier:

  • Eat before you drink if you'd like to feel the effects of the alcohol more gradually.
  • Consider using activated charcoal at the end of the night to help filter out some toxins
  • Grab some dark chocolate to give your brain a shot of serotonin to offset that hangover
  • Create drinks that have whole ingredients, rather than using premade mixes with preservatives
  • Look to mint and ginger if you want to settle your stomach during or after drinking

A Few Questions That Were Answered This Episode

What is an antioxidant, and why should we care?

Antioxidants are basically chemicals that clean out the "junk" that the body produces during the aging process. "Oxidant" refers not to oxygen, but to oxidation, which is the same process that occurs when a piece of metal rusts. If you've ever seen someone restore a rusted piece of metal, antioxidants perform a similar role in the body.

How do you balanace fitness with drinking?

Obviously, moderation is key. But if you'd like to time your run or your visit to the gym so that you're getting the most bang for your buck, just remember that as soon as you start drinking, you end up burning about 70% less calories than you would without alcohol in your system.

This means that you should probably schedule your cardio and strength building to take place well before you plan a night of drinking. A stint on the treadmill directly before a night out on the town just won't give you the same benefits.

Lightning Round

Favorite Cocktail

The Boulevardier

Favorite Spirit

I'm definitely a Bourbon girl, but I also really like Mezcal and Scotch.

Cocktail with Anyone, Past or Present

A dirty martini with Fred Rogers (of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood fame) somewhere beachy - he's known for spending a lot of time on Cape Cod. He might not drink anything. It would be a heart-to-heart about how we can be better people.  

Influential Cocktail Books

Drink Like a Woman by Jeanette Hurt

Advice to New Home Bartenders

Before you go experiementing, bother looking up some standard cocktail formulations. Take the time to learn the basics before branching out.