I was listening to this excellent Ted talk the other day about how (and why) dieting doesn’t work. And in this video she mentions the four things that are proven to most benefit our longevity. And if these four things are done then life expectancy is equally high across the spectrum of body weight. And these things are:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Not smoking
- Moderate drinking.
So the first 3 are easy, I love fruits and veg, love movement (mostly) and I quit smoking in 2004. But I just had to ask Jaye – do we have to start drinking more so that we drink moderately?
Cos here’s the thing, our alcohol consumption tends to get measured more in units per year, not units per week! But looking into it – nah, if you don’t drink much or at all, there’s no reason to start! But if you DO drink a bit, then moderation is the key!
One of the things we DO like to drink is a white russian cocktail!
Well, another favorite way to have kahlua is in these white russian cocktails. A white russian is usually served with heavy cream. So an easy swap for a vegan version is to use coconut cream! When Jaye first made me one of these I actually couldn’t believe how good it was.
You don’t have to whip the cream for this, in fact, you definitely shouldn’t. Whipped coconut cream doesn’t mix well here. But plain coconut cream poured in over the back of a spoon (so it looks all pretty with the layers) is the way forward.
It’s only 3-ingredients. Kahlua, vodka and coconut cream. And then if you want to be fancy you can grate some dark chocolate over the top. The result is a delicious tasting drink that is more like a dessert!
So I’m betting you are going to really enjoy this white russian cocktail! It is:
- Delicious tasting
- Wonderfully smooth
- Like a dessert!
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So go on and enjoy some moderate or occasional drinking with this awesome drink!
White Russian Cocktail
- 1 ounce Kahlua
- 1 ounce Absolut Vodka
- 2 ounces Canned Coconut Cream Unsweetened
- Crushed Ice
- Vegan Chocolate Shavings
- Add crushed ice to a glass. Then add the kahlua, followed by the vodka. Swirl in the glass to mix. Pour the coconut cream over the back of a spoon so that it forms a layer on the top.
- Add vegan chocolate shavings to the top of the cream and serve.