"Better" Adult Beverages


Sometimes even Paleo/Primal folks may choose to imbibe in an adult beverage, and when they do, it's helpful to know which options are better than others.  Vodka, tequila, and other forms of hard liquor may have a place (NorCal Rita anyone?), but distilled spirits are not for everyone so the focus of this list is on the "softer" drink options that don't add too much else to their empty calories.


ACE Apple Hard Cider

What they say: Ace Apple Cider is a premium hard cider made in the heart of Sonoma County's apple orchards.  Unlike most other cider brands, Ace is fermented from only pure apple juice.  This gives the cider its fresh natural apple taste.

What's inside: Fermented apple juice, carbonated water, apple concentrate, malic acid, sulfite (preservative).  Labeled as "Gluten Free".

Size/Alcohol content: 12 fluid ounces (fl. oz) / 5% alcohol by volume (abv)

The verdict: Slightly dry, this cider isn't overpoweringly sweet and its 12oz size limits the amount of sugar consumed per serving to only 8gms.

J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider

What they say: Orchard Gate Gold is fermented naturally in small artisinal batches from a proprietary blend of organic apples grown here at our Koan Family Orchards in Michigan.  We have produced hard ciders here since the 1860s.  This is the same traditional recipe that helped save our farm during the great depression.  There will be slight variations from batch to batch, just as nature makes no two apples alike!

What's inside: Fresh apple juice, yeast.  Labeled as "Gluten Free" and "No Sulfites Added".

Size/Alcohol content: 22 fl. oz / 6% abv

The verdict: Sweet flavor and large size means that this cider probably packs in quite a bit of sugar (the label didn't list the actual sugar content), but it is organic and sulfite free so it wins a few points on that end.

St Peter's Sorghum Beer

What they say: A clean, crisp beer with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops.  Made from Sorghum, not wheat or barley.  Brewed with skill and patience in Britain's finest small brewery.

What's inside: Ingredients not listed.

Size/Alcohol content: 1 Pint plus 0.9 fl. oz / Not listed.

The verdict: BIG hops!  This beer is very bitter but the fact that sorghum is gluten free means that it is unlikely to cause trouble for people with gluten intolerance or Celiac's disease.

Frey California Red Table Wine

What they say: Medium bodied, well balanced and smooth, this wine pairs well with a wide variety of cuisine, from picnic fare to holiday feasts.  Starting with grapes grown on organic family farms, this wine was crafted in accordance with the USDA organic winemaking standards, with no added sulfites.  We ferment our wines with traditional yeast (non GMO)

What's inside: Ingredients not listed but label reads "Contains no detectable sulfites", "No preservatives", and "Organic".

Size/Alcohol content: 750 milliliters / 13.7% abv

The verdict: "Red Table Wine" and "not bad" pretty much sums it up.
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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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