I know I’ve been MIA on the blog lately, for which I’m feeling a little guilty. I love learning about wine and sharing those experiences with my amazing readers, but sometimes it’s a little like having a second full-time job. And having just started a new full-time job (one which pays the bills and which I absolutely love), time for wine has been a bit more scarce.
I’ve also been exploring some of my other loves. I’m hosting and producing the Diabetes Canada Podcast, where I get to tell the stories of people doing extraordinary things while living with, treating or researching diabetes. Those who know me in real life know that medical research is something I care about deeply and which I can talk about with a passion rivaled only by my enthusiasm for great wine. So this podcast makes me really happy. Add to that running, yoga, travel, family, friends… Life is busy!
But I’m not ready to give up on Upkeep, so I’ve asked some of my incredible friends in wine and blogging to help me out. First up, is my sister in science nerdiness, Amy, who runs The FODMAP Formula website. For those living with IBS or other illnesses that require them to to eat from the FODMAP plan, her site is a fantastic resource that translates this sometimes complicated way of eating into easy-to-understand language and offers a wealth of recipes that are really delicious whether you’re eating FODMAP or not (believe me, I am always a willing recipe tester). Below, she shares some FODMAP-friendly cocktails that everyone can enjoy. And if you really miss me, I’m still sharing all the latest on my wine journey on Instagram and Twitter – be sure to follow to see what I’m thinking and drinking.
FODMAP Friendly Spirits
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with IBS, you may have heard of the Low FODMAP Diet. If you think managing IBS symptoms long-term means giving up on “adult beverages,” you have been misinformed, my friend!
The Low FODMAP Diet was developed in 2005 by Monash University. Since then, their research team has been busy testing out a wide range of foods and beverages. Because IBS is generally diagnosed between the ages of 20-30, I’m not surprised alcoholic beverages were one of the first items to appear in their official app.
While some IBS patients are sensitive to alcohol itself, many are able to enjoy moderate amounts of specific alcohol without issue. So without further ado, here are three FODMAP friendly alcoholic drinks!
1) Classic Rye and Ginger – Mix one serving of rye (30ml) with a tumbler of low FODMAP ginger ale or ginger beer. Make sure to check your soda for ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Glucose-Fructose to keep this drink low FODMAP. Serve with a wedge of lime.
2) Rolling Estonian –To make this fun twist on a vodka cran, combine one serving of vodka (30ml), 1 tbsp of simple syrup, and 100% cranberry juice. Top it off with a splash of soda for some bubbles. Make sure to double check that the cranberry juice is 100% cranberry. Companies often add other fruit juices (like apple or grape) to sweeten their products. This can cause issues for FODMAPers.
3) Gin and Raspberry Soda – This berry pairing is a match made in heaven! To make your own, add one serving of gin (30ml) to a glass of raspberry cane sugar soda. Serve with a twist of lemon!
If these spirits aren’t your thing, Monash University has also determined that one can of beer or one glass of white, red, or sparkling wine per sitting is also low FODMAP.