Are you 21 years of age or older? Good. Keep reading. This week we are going to take a look at 5 favorite summertime drinks; the drinks we crave.
Our informal survey of favorite summertime drinks revealed: Gin and Tonic, Beer, Margarita, Piña Colada, and any manner of fruit Daiquiri. It make sense that we crave cold drinks in summer. We also crave citrus, crispness, and bubbles. Citrus is loaded with phytonutrients that act as killer antioxidants; citrus helps us digest and breakdown rich and fatty foods. Its slight acidity cleanses the system. In a word, citrus refreshes. Carbonated
Citrus is loaded with phytonutrients that act as killer antioxidants; citrus helps us digest and breakdown rich and fatty foods. Its slight acidity cleanses the system. In a word, citrus refreshes. Carbonated drinks, have a delightful bite. Bubbly drinks activate the taste receptors in the tongue that detect sour flavors. Sour creates a clean, cooling feeling in the mouth – similar to the affects of zippy toothpaste. As far as crispness goes, it is something we as a species hunger for. Mention the word, and the whole system starts to anticipate digesting something good. Crispness adds variety to our food – imagine something as dull as oatmeal (notice how your mind and then your body reacted to the thought of boring old oatmeal). Now add toasted slivered almonds or slices of a crunchy Granny Smith apple. Ah yes. Crispness adds variety and makes the bowl of porridge more enjoyable. When we enjoy our food, our body makes better use of its nutrients.* (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/20/opinion/go-with-your-gut.html)
Gin and Tonic
Gin and Tonic contains all three of the qualities we crave most: citrus, crispness, and bubbles. But more than that Gin and Tonic has a storied history. Tonic contains quinine, which was initially used by the British Empire to guard against malaria. Quinine’s bitter taste found some mellowing mixed with sugar, citrus, and gin – and the gin and tonic was born. These days, house-made tonic has become a thing. Delightful. As Winston Churchill once declared, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/gin/the-best-and-funniest-quotes-about-gin/churchill/)
Beer unifies us. It is relatively affordable and ubiquitous. To say that the microbrew has become a thing is almost laughable in some parts of the country. We love beer for its bitterness and its bubbles. That wonderful bite we enjoy in carbonated beverages is underscored by the slightly bitter flavor of hops. Its taste alone is reputed to trigger dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine is the feel-good brain chemical responsible for sensations of pleasure.
We love the Margarita for its celebration of citrus. The cleansing phytonutrients and antioxidants of citrus irresistable. And of course, the agave present in tequila has been thought to boost bone health. The National Margarita Day website claims that we love Margaritas as much as Kanye loves Kanye. (https://nationalmargaritaday.com/blog/love-margaritas-much-kanye-loves-kanye/)
“Yes I like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain…” Fruit and cold crispness is the ticket.
A presistent child of Prohibition, the Daiquiri has more recently got a bad name (and color) from food coloring. But the original Daiquiri was elegant and delicious, made up simply of rum, lime, and sugar (and ice, ofcourse). Yum.
Here’s a toast to summer. Please drink responsibly and remember that Blossom Water makes excellent ice cubes.