Check out the Tipsy Bartender’s recipe for Lynchburg Lemonade. After you watch the video, read on below to learn how to make this drink even better and avoid a hangover if you have a few more drinks than expected.
The Intox-Detox team loves alcohol drinks in all shapes, sizes and colors. We like beer, wine, liquor, moon shine and every possible combination thereof. What we do not tolerate is hangovers!
One thing you should know about hangovers – SUGARS make them worse. Why is this? Well, I don’t know if you’ve heard by now but sugar is not great for your body in a lot of ways. Regarding hangovers, sugar is highly inflammatory to the body. We just posted a blog explaining the connection between cellular inflammation and hangovers – click here to read it now.
Unfortunately, very few bars are keeping up with the incredible selection of sugar-free options on the market. For example, Zevia sodas come in a wide variety of rainbow colors and flavors; they are naturally sweetened with stevia, erythritol and monk fruit extract. In our humble opinion they have one of the best sugar-free flavor systems going today. Naturally these products lend themselves to making great sugar-free or lower-sugar cocktails. It’s a crime that every bar in America doesn’t offer their products as an alternative.
Problem is there are two massive companies that have a stranglehold on the industry. What? Big corporations pushing unhealthy sugar and chemicals on the American population with their big money monopolistic predatory influence. Weird. Not in America!
So, here’s how you make the drink naturally and with a lot less sugar:
Angostura Orange bitters or orange oil extract
Lemon juice (or sugar-free Sweet & Sour Mix)
Follow the video above for the most part. We like to use Angostura Orange Bitters rather than Triple Sec, a liquor that is loaded with sugar. Alternatively, you can use 1/8th tsp of orange oil extract from the spice section of the grocery store. We also like a little more JD (or whiskey of choice) in our drink, so we would just make up the difference with an extra half shot of that. Rather than sugary Sweet & Sour mix, we like to add 1/4 to a 1/2 oz of all-natural lemon juice (not from concentrate). After all this is supposed to be “lemonade”. We like it sour, but adjust for your taste. You can add a pack of Truvia to make it more sweet or just decrease the amount of lemon juice. You can also just grab one of the sugar-free Sweet & Sour products typically sold at grocery and liquor stores. Finish up by topping the drink off with Zevia Lemon-Lime instead of Sprite or 7-up. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge and cherry.
Using these alternatives will save you anywhere from 20 to 30 grams of sugar per drink. Then you can save those calories for something else. Like cake! Don’t turn down the sweets and then order hundreds of extra sugar calories at the bar!
Also, less sugar means less inflammation and hopefully avoiding a nasty hangover.
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Here’s to a #BETTER TOMORROW!