I wasn't inspired to do a faux cocktail necessarily because I miss the taste of a stiff drink. Often times a fancy beverage represents a celebration whether that be a birthday, an exam that was passed or a personal record broken.
The body doesn't need those toxins or the extra calories associated with alcohol or sweet liquors. Naturally then I created a savory drink I could "celebrate" with an enjoy. After all, this Paleo Martini contains one of my favorite ingredients.... green olives. Green olives are tart and tasty. Green Olives are also a great source of vitamins. Specifically Vitamins A and E which can help prevent cancer and also promote good eye health.
Worried about seltzer water? Time magazine has a great article "Should I Drink Seltzer Water?" which explains the health information of seltzer and what the expert physicians say about its effect on health. To no surprise, it contains many of the benefits of regular water and is a better alternative to health hazardous sugary sweet sodas. If you are determined not to drink seltzer or it just doesn't sit well with your gut, no worries. Simply use regular water, it will still taste great and you still get to eat olives!
This lovely little "cocktail" also has a bit of a twist. Instead of Vodka or Gin, we simply replace it with soda water. This means it has some carbonation. Therefore, you get a bit of bubbly with each sip. The taste is surprisingly good and if you want a dirty Paleo Martini simply swish in a bit of the olive juice.
Pickled onions can also be substituted if you aren't a green olive fan, just so long as the onion brine does not contain refined sugar.
This faux cocktail can be made for any occasion, for one, for four guests, or for no guests. It is simple, undeniably cheap and super quick to make. My favorite thing to do is to find a really artistic glass and fill it to the brim. Enjoy!
- 1 cup carbonated water (or sparkling mineral water)
- 1 tablespoon olive juice (manzanilla)
- 3 olives (manzanilla)
Place your one cup of seltzer water and 1 tablespoon of manzanilla olive juice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well combined. (If you do not have a cocktail shaker simply pour them into a cocktail glass.)
Place three olives on a toothpick and place in the cocktail glass. Enjoy!
GLASSWARE: Looking for some trendy glassware? This buzzfeed article "37 Unique Glasses to Make Your Happy Hour Even Happier" has several ideas to choose from!
Check out the cube-shaped martini glasses at number 14! These could be perfect for entertaining any guest!