We live in a world full of chemicals, additives, and highly processed faux food and drink. I prefer to avoid as many of these unnecessary, and most likely dangerous, ingredients as often as I can. I consider myself an advocate for ‘real food’ and believe one of the most radical acts a person in our society can do is to take control of their food supply and purchases.
A lot of people think they are too busy for real food, thus relying on pre-made convenience products to fill the void. The problem with this is that processed foods contain hardly any nutrients and are high in sugars, fats, sodium, chemical additives, and GMOs. The popularity of processed and fast foods has resulted in a nation of severely obese and unhealthy residents. It’s a shame that corporations would rather compete for capital than care about their consumer’s health.
However, this is the world we currently live in, and all you can do is be as aware and proactive as possible. Become an avid label reader and try to source foods with the least amount of ingredients as possible. If you’re new to ‘real food,’ you might get overwhelmed at first. All your favorite foods now mock you with their 50+ ingredients lists and multiple forms of sugar. My advice is just to take it one day at a time, and do the best you can. It took me many years to fully remove processed foods from my diet, and I still use some organic pre-made condiments and such. (If you’re lucky enough to live in Texas, HEB has just released a new line of affordable organics! You can find jams, salad dressings, mustards, ketchup, and more with organic, real food ingredients! Thank you HEB!!)
Besides the grocery store, there’s another place many adults visit that is filled with processed sugars and unknown additives. A place you might have overlooked: The liquor store. While the liquor is usually safe (given you’re sticking with plain spirits and not artificially flavored concoctions..), the mixes and mix-ins often aren’t. In fact, it’s incredibly difficult to find pre-made drink mixes and so-called ‘simple’ syrups that don’t contain corn syrup, dyes, and/or chemicals.
That’s why I prefer to make my own. :)
2 Part Organic Whiskey Sour with Homemade Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup
Okay, I know what you’re thinking… That looks like THREE parts to me. But you’re wrong. The cherries don’t count because they are a garnish. They are also dye, preservative, & HFCS free!
For the cocktail:
- 1-2 Shots Quality Whiskey (I use a Texas made brand, naturally.)
- Organic Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup (Homemade, recipe below)
- Ice & Cherries for Serving
For the Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup:
- 5 organic lemons (or 1/2 cup juice)
- 5 organic limes (or 1/2 cup juice)
- 1 cup organic white sugar
- 1 cup pure, filtered water
In a saucepan over medium heat, add sugar to water and whisk until dissolved. Add the citrus and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or so. Remove from heat and allow to cool before use. (Unless you’re impatient like me. In that case, be prepared to use lots of ice.)
To make your cocktail, simply fill a glass with ice (whatever size – I won’t judge.) Add cherries and 1-2 shots of whiskey. Top off with your flavored simple syrup, stir, and
get tipsy enjoy!
*This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday!