I confess. In my zeal for loving real, unprocessed food, I still indulge in Cocktails of Unknown Origin. Once or twice someone’s asked me how I can drink that White Russian when I know it can’t be real cream, or how I can drink that Margarita when I’m certain it was made with a mix containing high fructose corn syrup.
My answer has always been straightforward: I’m willfully ignorant, folks! Call me an ostrich because I bury my head in the sand. Do I really want to know what kind of chemical concoctions went into that coffee liqueur? That pumpkin liqueur? That so-called Irish cream?
Sadly, these pre-mixed drinks and liqueurs don’t have to have ingredient labels. That’s because they’re alcoholic and governed by an entirely different set of rules from food. So, even with the most reputable brands, you’ll never know what artificial ingredients, synthetic flavors, fake colors, and other nasties went into its production.
If TV’s Mad Men is any indication, we used to know how to mix our own drinks as recently as the 1960s. Somewhere between then and now, convenience usurped this knowledge. Now we buy pre-mixed, bottled cocktails or buy pre-made mixes to which we just have to add vodka or rum or gin.
We’ve even industrially-produced and commercialized common ingredients like the maraschino cherry.
The anatomy of a Maraschino Cherry.
The modern maraschino cherry begins as a cherry. I guess that’s good news.
But the cherry is bleached using a brine solution of sulfur dioxide and calcium chloride. It’s then soaked in a suspension of artificial food colorings like FD&C Red 40, a sugar syrup made from genetically modified corn or beets, and infused with an artificially-flavored almond oil.
The end product hardly resembles a cherry at all.
Did you know you could make your own maraschino cherries at home, naturally?
You don’t have to settle for fake-everything cherries. You can make your own maraschino cherries at home without any fake or GMO-laden ingredients. You don’t even have to preserve them in alcohol!
In fact, just about every fancy cocktail ingredient out there — from aromatic liqueurs to orange bitters to cocktail olives to simple syrups — can be made at home with all natural ingredients.
Make Your Own Cocktails and Cocktail Ingredients At Home
Thankfully, one of my friends wrote an amazing e-book that takes all the mystery out of cocktails. It’s called Natural Cocktails: Classic & Contemporary Mixed Drinks For The Real Foodie.
She spells out how to make your own syrups, aromatic bitters, flavored liqueurs, and more so that you can easily mix your own drinks, naturally!
Holiday Drinks You Don’t Want To Miss
I love the flavor of the holidays.
Hot Buttered Rum? Mmmm.
Egg Nog? Ahhh.
Hot Spiced Cider? Yum.
I even love Glogg — the classic holiday mulled wine featuring simmered raisins, almonds, and spices.
This e-book has recipes for all these classics and more — just in time for holiday parties and gatherings!
Do you need this book?
Only if you want to know how to make your own sweetened, condensed milk, your own homemade vanilla extract, your own lacto-fermented homemade root beer, your own ginger ale, and basic flavoring agents like homemade chocolate syrup, grenadine, and orgeat.
Yes. This book is that comprehensive.
If there’s an ingredient in a classic cocktail, you’ll learn how to make it at home.
Want a Bloody Mary? Not only will you get a delicious recipe for this simple drink, but you’ll also learn how to make your own homemade Tabasco sauce!
I’m not kidding, folks. This e-book has it all!
I will never willingly bury my head in the sand again.
Now that I know how simple it is to make my own natural cocktails at home, I’m done playing the ostrich.
I’m done ignoring dyes and fake flavors.
I’m done ignoring non-organic ingredients and GMOs.
I’m all about fresh, homemade, and 100% natural, beautiful, delicious homemade cocktails.
And you know what? This holiday season, you should be too! Why not buy the book and wow your friends and family? You’ll be made of awesome.
It’s even on sale right now for 20% off!
(photos by www.ournourishingroots.com and studiocentric photography)