Happy Monday. It’s summertime and the heat is in full effect. You’re probably a little shocked I’m about to serve up an alcoholic drink recipe – but then again, if you bought either SUPP UP nutrition books, you’re probably not, as you’ve already learnt some of the nutritional benefits of (occasionally) consuming alcohol.
Here’s one to keep you cool while snacking on some manly kale chips, grilling up those pulled venison burgers you found out about a while back, and still getting some more nutrient density into your daily food and drink intake.
Let’s get started.
For starters – yes, I know full and well that alcohol doesn’t cool you down during the summer – in fact, the hotter it is, the more you want to consume water with some good electrolytes mixed in, which I discussed a few weeks ago.
But if you’ve absorbed anything from reading my nutrition books, you’ll also know that I believe life is all about balance, and enjoying something like your favorite poison isn’t the equivalent of sin – as long as it’s in moderation.
Like you read in chapter 7 of SUPP UP. No Bull, Whole Food Military Nutrition At Home, there are some alcoholic drinks that have antioxidant properties which are beneficial for your system – the main thing is just not to flood your system like a damn plumber trying to flush a clogged pipe.
“So what kind of moonshine recipe are we talking?,” is probably your next question.
Let’s avoid doing the typical stuff.
Cherry Pie? Pass.
Rhubarb? Well, now that sounds a little more like a winner.
Rhubarb is nutrient dense and while generally used in cooking, can also be used in cocktail creation and the like.
It’s got a unique taste making this recipe all the more interesting.
Makes: 2 decently strong drinks.
Prep Time: Do you even care? You’re making something to relax with – just enjoy the process.
Total Time: Under 10 minutes.
Items Needed: A metal cocktail shaker. A wooden spoon. A mason jar. A knife.
- 4 Shots of moonshine – or a high proof vodka
- 2 Long stalks of rhubarb, roughly 15 cm (6 inches) and the thickness of your thumb
- 2 Hulled strawberries
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Quartered lime
- Ice (ice, baby)
- First things first – take your rhubarb and dice it into small chunks (about 1.3 cm / a half inch), then slice up your strawberries.
- Take half of your fruit mixture and toss it into the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
- Add 1 Tbsp of sugar, and 2 of your lime quarters.
- Using the handle end of a wooden spoon, muddle the fruit and sugar together until the rhubarb is nearly disintegrated.
- Take your moonshine (or vodka), add 2 shots of it on top, and stir.
- Grab some ice and fill your cocktail shaker with it.
- Shake it like a Polaroid picture.
- Fill a mason jar with some ice and strain your newly formed concoction into it.
- Rinse and repeat with the remaining ingredients.
- Serve it up with some pulled venison burgers.
Before I defame my backwoods brethren and appear to be someone who doesn’t have a clue as to what moonshine is – most of you will realize when made with vodka, this isn’t an actual moonshine recipe.
But there’s just something satisfying about throwing a drink in a mason jar loaded with ice on a hot summer day, while enjoying some music and good company in the backyard by the grill, that makes it passable.
For those of you that have access to moonshine – you’ll get to thoroughly enjoy this.
Few things to mention…
Strawberries and limes are nutrient dense, but I picked rhubarb specifically for its nutrient density profile. It’s tangy and sweet, and aside from flavor it has numerous benefits for the body.
To name just a few, rhubarb helps with digestion due to the fact it’s got a good balance of fiber, and the fiber in rhubarb can protect the intestinal wall through increasing secretion of gastrointestinal hormones.
One cup of rhubarb can also provide you with around 45% of your RDA of vitamin K.
While I explained in chapter 8 of SUPP UP. No Bull, Whole Food Military Nutrition At Home the benefits of the different vitamin K variations and how one is better than the other when it comes to certain nutritional goals, K1 (found in plants) is just as important as K2.
Rhubarb is also quercetin rich, an antioxidant which you learnt about the importance of in chapter 7 (side note: if you’re curious what the hell I’m talking about and haven’t bought either SUPP UP nutrition books, well…you know what to do – book previews are available in the shop), meaning it helps with inflammation, in addition to being an antioxidant, anti-parasite, and much, much more.
Strawberries and limes have their own unique nutrient profiles as well, and I could quite literally go on for days about the benefits of both – but why repeat things twice? Check out both SUPP UP nutrition books and find out for yourself.
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Both books have recipes that provide nutritional breakdown so it makes things dead easy (as a heads up, this isn’t a recipe from the book, just something great I wanted to share – see ‘Recipe Credit’ at the bottom of this page).
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