Health and Alcohol: Keeping yourself slim as we approach the summer

Health is everywhere. Where once you saw fry-ups, you now see avocado on toast; where once you had hungover Sunday movie clubs, you now have health obsessed running clubs. Have no fear however, we here at Cheers London won’t be quitting our Friday tipples anytime soon! Better yet, London Personal Trainer, Guido Gabriela Basola has given us the low-down on how to stay fit and fun (please don’t tell the fitness army we said they’re not fun).

Before we go into the finer details of what to drink, there is one rule anybody wanting to achieve anything the day after an alcohol fuelled night must adhere to: DO NOT MIX YOUR DRINKS! Yes, we know after one too many, student priced vodka may seem like an acceptable substitute for more pricey G&Ts….believe us, it is not! Choose your drink, and stick to it!

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Right, what to drink then? Guido took time out of the gym tell us what drink has the smallest effect on the dreaded bulge (Guido was once manager at top London location Sketch, so knows a thing or two about drinks – you are in safe hands!)

  1. Straight spirits – gin and vodka are top of the list!

  2. Martini – we aren’t completely boring here

  3. Spirit Mixer – Skinny Bitch anyone? (That’s a vodka,lime, soda before anyone gets offended!)

  4. Skinny Prosecco – treat yourself and head to Selfridges for Guido’s personal favourite

  5. Red Wine – here’s one you didn’t know: a glass of red wine will help show your 6 pack due to dehydration. We at Cheers London therefore see it as a necessity, and that’s before we talk about the health benefits of flavonoids!

There you have it then, your one stop guide to keeping your place in the fitness army, whilst also being socially accepted by your work colleagues!

Article by John Kent

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An idiots guide to whisky

Whisky is the latest of our featured drinks, and comes with more complications then getting around London on tube strike day. Have no fear though, as we guide you through the basic steps in our idiots guide to whisky.

1) Whisky vs Whiskey

Trying to impress someone by ordering a sophisticated dram of whisk(e)y? Rule number one, don’t get the nationality wrong! Scotland and Ireland have dominated the distallary scene for years, and pride runs strong through the veins of both nations! It really is simple though:

  1. Whiskey – the ‘e’ signals an Irish/American origin
  2. Whisky – spelt without an ‘e’ means it is scotch based, and therefore originates from our Northern neighbours

One simple piece of knowledge ensuring you survive a night out in an Irish bar!

2) Peaty vs Smokey

The pre-eminent aromas of whisky language! Get this one wrong and your facial expression will immediately give away your disdain to the flavour. Choose your weapon wisely!

I will keep it simple – peaty flavour is like the tabacco of the cigar, whilst smokey is well, the smoke part!

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3) To Ice or Not To Ice? That is the question

A certain amount of respect goes out to any customer who orders a whisky neat, yet there is a certain sense of Je ne sais qoui about ordering ‘on the rocks’.

Which is for you though?

Much debate surrounds this topic, but in my mind it is best to keep it simple!

  • Expensive: neat
  • Cheap: on the rocks
  • hardened drinker: neat!