THE RESPONSIBLE WAY TO DRINK ALCOHOL IN THE WINTER
Winter in India is awful for many reasons.
- Most of us do not have central heating systems in our homes.
- Taking off warm clothing even when you’re indoors can give you the flu.
- Exercising without sunlight is next to impossible.
- The only respite is in coastal areas.
This leaves us adults with lesser choices of enjoying the time we spend together. Surprisingly, in the winters, alcohol comes to our rescue! When consumed in the right quantity with the right snack, alcohol can actually induce a feeling of warmth inside our bodies. Before we go into details about the kind of drinks you can look forward to drink (with responsibility, of course), let us shatter some myths related to drinking in the winter months.
Alcohol doesn’t increase your body temperature, but in fact, lowers it.
Alcohol, on consumption does not go through the process of digestion but is directly picked up by our blood steam. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and drives blood from organs etc. towards the skin, giving the feeling of warmth, but never adding to it. In simpler words, alcohol only drives the heat at the core of the body to the surface, inducing a feeling of warmth. Unfortunately, it takes away the heat from where it is most needed, the core.
Here are some ways to make alcoholic drinks to drink responsibly in the winter –
- Kahlua, Absolut Vodka & Club Soda
To get you some help with the sweet tooth, Kahlua is a chocolate based drink which is just a little more fancy than the good old hot-chocolate. Mixed with Vodka, this drink is smooth in your mouth and throat.
- The Manhattan Martini
This fancy looking martini is a magical mix of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, and perhaps apome of cherry as a fashion accessory! The martini glass will surely keep you looking classy, maybe a little more upmarket than you originally planned.
- Hot Butter Rum
As comforting as it sounds, life really does not get better than having a hot glass of buttered rum on a frozen winter day. Dark rum, butter, some garnishing (like cinnamon, clove) from the home kitchen and some nutmeg will do the trick for you. Heaven!
- Adam’s Apple
This one is the simplest vodka drink in the history of alcohol. Just some alcohol with apple juice, and this is good to go. However, don’t fill up on this just because it is easy to make – to enjoy a drink fully, always remember to drink responsibly.
- Bloody Mary
This is an ideal winter drink. Filled with the goodness of vitamin C (from tomato), salt and spices, Bloody Mary can be a boon on a chilly winter night if consumed with responsibility.
A shot of whiskey will do just as much benefit as any of these cocktail drinks. Drinking in the winter, when done with responsibility is always a warm and happy experience.