- January 10th, 2011
Podere Vignali in Pari, Italy
This year, I’ll be on a cleanse. I’ve had to eliminate all the naughty things in my diet for the next little while. What I’m going to miss the most is enjoying a lovely glass of wine. The upside is, my liver will get a beneficial respite and my pocket book will be fuller. Who wouldn’t want that? If you’re also planning to cut down on alcohol, here are some good alternatives:
This is a refreshing way to get in one of your daily vegetable servings:
celery salt for the glass rims (optional)
5-6 oz. tomato juice or vegetable cocktail
couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
a few dashes of lemon juice
a couple dashes of Tabasco sauce
a pinch of cracked black pepper (optional)
Sra Martinez, here in Miami’s Design District, serves excellent Virgin Mary’s.
I don’t plan on drinking the following but wanted to include them for folks who still like their drink fix but don’t want all the side-effects:
Alcohol-free wine,beer & spirits:
Non-alcoholic wine and beer is really a misnomer. Legally, the standard for alcohol-free wine and beer is that the drink must contain less than 0.5% of alcohol.
Ariel vineyards produces white, red and sparkling non-alcoholic wines. If you can’t find them at your local wine store or supermarket, they could be found online. Here are two sites from the U.S. and Canada
Scottish Spirits Ltd. alcohol-free whiskey
Blue Zero alcohol-free vodka
Here’s some easy breezy tableware to serve these beverages in.