To be prepared & enjoyed (in moderation!) when you’ve lost your appetite for food, for life, and for everything really…
Okay, so I understand that it’s slightly weird of me to tell you that there are health benefits to drinking alcohol, because there are uber amounts of negative effects we’re all aware of. But hear me out here – because when consumed in moderation, there are actually some benefits too.
Alcoholic beverages like Rum stimulate the production of saliva and the gastric acids that cause the stomach contractions we call hunger pangs. Moderate amounts of this Taipei Rose cocktail may therefore stimulate your appetite. In fact, alcohol is often prescribed for geriatric and recovering patients to stimulate their appetites. For those of you who’ve craved McDonalds after a night out will attest to the accuracy of this phenomenon!
If you don’t believe that appetite stimulation is a “real” health benefit, you might be surprised to know (I was!) that alcohol has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack. The American Cancer Society’s research showed that men who take 1 drink a day have a 21% lower risk of heart attack & a 22% lower risk of stroke than men who don’t drink at all. Who would’ve thought, eh?!
“Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration – if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.” (Igor Stravinsky)
“Our minds are like our stomachs. They are whetted by the change of their food – and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.” (Quintillian)
“Lust For Life” (Iggy Pop)
- Baby rosebuds
- Pure mint extract
- Ice cubes
- In a glass, add a shot of rum and bunch of baby rosebuds, and let it steep for 20 minutes or so.
- Then add the ice cubes, half a teaspoon of pure mint extract, and fill it up with sprite.
- Squeeze the juice of a lime wedge in there, and then drop the wedge in there too.
- Enjoy cold and preferably in the company of good friends, like my beautiful friend Giulia Mazzola 🙂