In western cultures in recent years there has been a trend towards a healthier lifestyle. No longer do hipsters drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and scarf down greasy cheese burgers. Today’s urban hipster is much more forwarding thinking, preferring juice bars, cross fit classes and yoga workshops. In terms of eating habits, farm to table, organic, vegan and vegetarian are all experiencing a moment of popularity.
The reason, perhaps, that the wellness movement has caught on, is that people are starting to recognize that when their bodies are happy and healthy, it creates an internal environment more conducive to mental happiness. No one could argue that this movement is negative, unless they were a hedonist bent on self destruction.
Despite the fact that what we consume and how we treat our bodies is trending in a healthier direction, it doesn’t mean we need to completely exclude vices from out diets and daily lives.It does however, mean that even within the vices that we indulge in, we are becoming a bit more selective about the ingredients. If you love coffee, for instance, you might make your cappuccino with organic milk; if you’re going to grill up some bacon cheeseburgers, maybe you’d make sure that the beef and bacon was from farm-raised animals free of anti-biotic drugs. Even forward thinking wine producers have started fermenting grapes in a more natural process that precludes the use of chemicals and overt agricultural methods. Natural wines are delicious and leave you much less hungover than if you were drinking merlot out of a box (no judgment).
If you are super into health and cocktails, you’ll be excited to know that many progressive bartenders are starting to work with kombucha as a base for their cocktails. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about kombucha: that fizzy, slightly sour tasting drink that is supposedly good for your gut. Proponents argue that the beverage containssymbiotic colonies of yeast and bacteria. Whether or not this bizarre, fermented tea drink is actually good for your health is to be determined, however, it is curiously tasty and a little bit addictive.
Some bartenders have started mixing gin-based cocktails with kombucha, delivering a hefty hit of liquor mixed with this strange, healthy concoction. Kombucha has a distinct flavour that is certainly polarizing, though it tends to grow on people. The fermented tea goes especially well with gin that’s been infused with blueberry, cucumber or grapefruit.
Looking for professional bartenders who specialize in kombucha cocktails may be a good idea if you’re hosting a party for the cross-fit set; everyone can have a good time and get a buzz without feeling like they’re totally trashing their bodies. Furthermore, by including some natural wines on the menu and maybe craft beers for the one or two beer nerds who will inevitably pop up, you’ll have all of your bases covered.
So remember, keeping up with the wellness trend doesn’t mean cutting out all fun and drinking, it’s about balance and discipline, knowing when to cut loose and when to get a good night’s sleep.