OK, I’m going to get this out of the way. I’m not a scientist or a doctor, and I can’t legally state any of the following as fact. I am, however, a reasonably health-conscious hedonist who wants to have his cake and eat it too.
It helps that my wife, Diana, also a hedonist, is a certified nutritionist, so she’s been able to point out what is (surprisingly) and isn’t (surprisingly) healthy. It’s nice to know that, if you’re eating something that you don’t much like because you think you’re supposed to, and then find out that it’s actually not really all that good for you, you can stop wasting your time. Same with avoiding certain “forbidden” foods that aren’t at all as bad for you as we may think.
So, as much as anything, this story is about cutting one’s losses. Who knows, maybe this drink is, in fact, truly good for you. However, at very worst, it’s at least better for you than the cocktail you were about to order.
Over the past few years, I made some friends in the Crossfit community, a fitness movement that extols the virtues of both low-tech workouts and low-tech diets. Push-ups and pull ups instead of ab-rollers and eliptical machines, free-weights instead of machines, and, sweet potatoes and coconut water instead of granola bars and Gatorade. The results are really astounding and something anyone who wants to transform their body should really take a look at. But that’s another story.
This is about a cocktail that I came up with that was inspired by this way of life. The Wonder Of the Day. The basis for the cocktail is Shochu, a Japanese version of vodka with half the alcohol and half the calories. So, we’re off to a good start. To that, we add premium coconut water, which has been revealed to be one of the healthiest things you can drink. In addition to that, we add a splash of hibiscus, which is a natural source of potassium electrolytes, some low-glycemic agave nectar, and just a bit of lime.
The result is a delicious drink that just may also do you some good.