Tips for Cooking a Delicious Beef Roast

When you want to take credit for preparing the perfect beef pot roast, you have to learn what it takes to achieve it first. In today’s world, there are so many fancy gadgets, cooking methods, and recipes that can sometimes overshadow a perfectly good traditional cut of beef. But when it comes to beef, you really don’t need all the frills to ensure your main course comes out juicy and delicious. Instead, all you need to do is rely on some good, old-fashioned tips handed down by all those talented Grannies. With the right knowledge under your belt, you are fully-equipped to prepare the tastiest and most memorable roast beef your whole family will love.

Continue reading to cover some of the most important tips for cooking a succulent beef pot roast.

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Use a Good Butcher or Cut

The most important part of preparing a great beef roast is to start with the butcher. You want to concentrate on procuring your beef meat through a trusted, organic sheep farmer who will provide any custom cut for a fair price. Farm-to-table, locally-sourced foods have several benefits, one of which being some of the highest quality product around. Ask your provider to remove the bone for easier preparation. If you prefer to shop at your local grocery store, you have organic options, or you can simply opt for your favorite, trusted cut.

Let Your Roast Come to Room Temp

Another important tip is to let the meat rest before cooking so that it can reach room temperature. This supports more even cooking and balanced flavors. Once your meat is at room temperature, spend the first 10 to 20 minutes searing it on all sides using a cast iron skillet on high heat. This will properly seal in all the delicious juices and flavors of the meat while it cooks in the oven.

Get Your Cooking Time Right

When it comes time to put it in the oven, you want to roast it slowly at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of time you roast your beef will depend on its weight. The rule of thumb to follow here is 13 to 13 minutes per pound for rare beef, 17 to 19 minutes for medium, and 22 to 25 for fully cooked. For instance, if your beef roast is three and half pounds, you will want to roast it for at least 45 minutes  for rare, and upwards of 90 minutes for well-done.

Let Your Roast Rest

Once you remove your roast from the oven, allow it to rest for 15 minutes to retain all the juices inside. The temperature of your meat is important, and will range depending on your personal preference. Be sure to check your meat with a meat thermometer to ensure it has achieved the proper internal temperature, which is around 145°F for medium rare and 160°F for medium.

Get Delicious, Homemade Beef Pot Roast in Downtown Indianapolis

Call English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to ask us about our Sunday dinner special, Grandma’s Beef Pot Roast Special! Our patrons continue to beg us for the recipe, but we promised Granny we’d keep it a family secret! Fortunately, all you have to do to enjoy this special dish is join us for dinner on Sunday nights! We are open from 10am-3pm, so come in and check out our menus full of delicious appetizers, cocktails, and more! With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Celebrate 2019 New Year’s Eve at English Ivy’s in Downtown Indianapolis!

This New Year’s Eve, celebrate with friends and family at English Ivy’s Eatery and Pub! We are open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with extended hours, which means you can come for dinner and drinks, and then stay for all the fun holiday festivities. You’ll love our convenient location in the beautiful Historic Saint Joseph Neighborhood, in Downtown Indianapolis!

Continue below to review our holiday business hours for New Year’s this year, as well as our brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, drink specials, events, directions, and more!

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🍾🌟 We’re Open Until 2AM New Year’s Eve! 🌟🍾

Brunch served Every Saturday and Sunday until 3PM. You can enjoy $5 Bloody Mary’s and $18 Champagne Bottle and Orange Juice Carafe packages! Aside from brunch, every day of the week we offer a full menu of starters, lunch items, dinner entrees and house specialties. Monday nights are Surf & Turf and 50 cent wings!

Tuesdays are designated BOGO days, which means buy one select app and get the 2nd app half off, or buy one burger and get the 2nd burger half off! In the middle of the week, visit us on Wednesdays for more wings specials, and Thursdays for pork, chicken, beef, and steak taco specials! Fridays are reserved for Prime Rib, making it an extra special dinner event.

Check out all of our dining room and bar menus, here.

New Year’s Eve Specials

On New Year’s Eve, enjoy these classic food and drink specials we have to offer:

BAR:
➲ $2 Domestics
➲ $3 Wells
➲ $3 House Wines

KITCHEN:
BOGO Tuesday!
➲ Buy One Select App & Get the 2nd App Half Off
➲ Buy One Burger & Get the 2nd Burger Half Off

New Year’s Day Specials

Come back to English Ivy’s on New Year’s day to enjoy these specials:’

BAR:
➲ $7 Patron
➲ $6 Effen Martinis
➲ $4 Margaritas
➲ $3 Corona Bottles
➲ $5 Absolut and Absolut Martinis

KITCHEN:
➲ 50 Cent Wing Night
➲ Chef’s Special

Bring in the 2020 New Year With English Ivy’s!

Contact us at 317-822-5070 to learn more about our menus, specials, events, and more. We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. And as an added convenience, we have both lot and street parking available, so visiting us is never a hassle. With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully- satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indiana bar and restaurant! We look forward to being friends!

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The 3 Basic Cocktails and How to Make Them

If you are hosting a holiday party this month, you should impress your guests with some fancy bartending skills. But you don’t have to put in a lot of studying and practice. All you really need is some basic bartending knowledge. A good place to start is by learning what the three basic cocktails are and how to make them. Continue below to get started!

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Classic Cocktails Leave a Lasting Impression

When it comes to the holiday season, everyone loves traditions. What better way to embrace holiday traditions than by serving some classic cocktails? Classic drinks, like martinis, daiquiris, and Old-Fashioned’s, are always a hit, as they are very universal. You can customize these basic cocktails in an endless array of flavors and themes, all of which will certainly leave a lasting impression on your friends and family. By knowing these basic cocktails, you can use your own personal tastes and creativity to build upon them and make them your own!

🍸 Martini

When it comes to constructing a great martini, all you need to do is know the basic recipe. From there, you can customize a martini into anything you want, from dirty martinis made with olive juice and lemon drop martinis that offer a citrus splash, to expresso martinis that give a good pick-me-up, and much more.

Recipe for Basic Martini:

2 Ounces Vodka or Gin
1.5 Ounces Dry Vermouth
2 Dashes Orange Bitters (optional)

Add all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass. Serve with a lemon peel or olive. You also have the option of stirring your martini, rather than giving it a good shake. But as Bond requests, “Shaken, not stirred.”

🍹 Daiquiri

Daiquiris are fun cocktails because they can be made frozen slushy or as a drink. As a refreshing drink that can be customized in thousands of ways, you can never go wrong serving up a tray of traditional daiquiris. You can also use their recipe as a base for shooters.

Basic Daiquiri Recipe:

2 Ounces White Rum
0.75 Ounces Simple Syrup
0.75 Ounces Lime Juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then strain it into a chilled glass. Garnish your daquiri with a lemon twist. For frozen daquiris, add all ingredients into a blender with ice, and blend until you reach a slushy consistency.

🧉 Old-Fashioned

Old-fashioned cocktails are among the most revered classics, making it an important recipe to add to your bartending acumen. They are great to serve to guests because they appear fancy but in fact quite simple to make. Although bourbon is customary, you can use any base liquor.

Recipe for a Basic Old-Fashioned:

2 Ounces Bourbon (or any liquor)
1 Sugar Cube (or 1 tsp. maple syrup)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Dash Water

Place a sugar cube inside your glass and saturate it with bitters. Then add a dash of water. Muddle the sugar cube until it is fully dissolved. Now fill the glass with ice and add the bourbon. Finish by garnishing it with an orange slice and a cocktail cherry on a toothpick.

Where to Get Classic Cocktails in Indianapolis This Holiday

English Ivy’s is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11AM to 12 PM this year! Call 317-822-5070 to ask about our dinner and drink holiday specials we are offering this season. We offer a seasonal-inspired, multi-cuisine menu that is locally-sourced and curated by our chef. From classics like wings and burgers, to specialty entrees like prime rib and baked scallops, and everything in between, you will find exactly what your taste buds crave this holiday on our exclusive holiday menus. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Easy Leftover Thanksgiving Day Turkey Ideas

The best part of Thanksgiving Day is that it keeps on giving and giving, even after the holiday has come and gone. We are talking about all the tasty leftovers, of course! But of all the typical leftover Thanksgiving dinner foods, turkey is by far the most universal, capable of being repurposed into a variety of delicious snacks, lunches, and more. To top it all off, turkey is healthy, making it a good choice for a meal, any time of day.

So rather than settling for the standard, cold turkey refrigerator grazing tradition this year, think about all the other goodies you can make with your leftover holiday bird. Continue reading for some easy recipes to get your own ideas flowing!

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Thanksgiving Day Tips to Get You Started

First and foremost, if you know you’re not going to be able to consume all your leftover turkey within 5 to 7 days, the best tip to follow is to freeze it in a freezer-acceptable bag or container. After 5 to 7 days, bacteria can begin to grow within the proteins of the meat, and therefore begins to reduce the quality, taste, texture, and more. By freezing your leftover turkey, you can extend its life and ensure it’s healthy to eat. Cooked turkey can be frozen safely for 2 to 6 months.

Thawing Frozen Turkey

If frozen, turkey needs to be completely thawed before it can be seasoned or cooked. There are three primary methods of thawing meat, safely: refrigeration, cold water, and microwaving. The safest and most recommended method is to thaw your meat in the refrigerator. Simply keep the turkey in its packaging and place it on a plate to thaw overnight. If you need a faster option, the next best method is to thaw frozen turkey in cold water.

Just place the meat in an enclosed waterproof plastic bag and submerge it in cold water, changing the water every half hour until the meat is entirely thawed. To thaw frozen meat in the microwave, you will need to understand your appliances defrost settings since make and models vary in operation and performance. Refer to the owners’ manual for instructions on how to defrost frozen meat in your particular make and model microwave. If you choose this method, it is important that you immediately cook the meat once it is thawed.

Turkey Ideas You Can Try

    🦃 Turkey Sandwiches and Wraps
    🦃 Turkey Casseroles
    🦃 BBQ Pulled Turkey
    🦃 Turkey Tacos
    🦃 Turkey Stew/Soup
    🦃 Turkey Gyros
    🦃 Turkey Samosas
    🦃 Turkey Salad (w/ Mayonnaise)
    🦃 Turkey Enchiladas
    🦃 Turkey Quesadillas
    🦃 Turkey Frittata
    🦃 Turkey Pot Pie
    🦃 Turkey Nachos
    🦃 Turkey Chili

Where to Get Tasty Eats in Downtown Indianapolis

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to ask about our dinner menus and holiday specials we are offering this season. We offer a seasonal-inspired, multi-cuisine menu that is locally-sourced and curated by our chef. From classics like wings and burgers, to specialty entrees like prime rib and baked scallops, and everything in between, you will find exactly what your taste buds crave this Thanksgiving on our exclusive holiday menus. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Festive Thanksgiving Day Inspired Cocktails

If you are planning a holiday party for this year’s Thanksgiving Day, add some seasonal delight to your catering spread with these creative and tasty cocktail inspirations!

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Thanksgiving Day Cravings

When you think of Thanksgiving, you might imagine the luxurious aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon, the creamy flavors of pumpkin and other seasonal squashes, and even the cooling sensations of a strong, fall breeze. So why not incorporate these charming seasonal elements into your Holiday cocktails? Here are some of the trending 2019 Thanksgiving Day cocktail recipes you might want to consider!

Pumpkin Latte Martini

1.5 oz. Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 oz. RumChata
8 oz. Coffee
0.5 oz. Cream or Milk
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Optional: Crushed Graham Crackers

Fill shaker with ice. Add all ingredients. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and sugar. Optional: graham cracker rim

Cranberry Moscow Mule

8 oz. Ginger Beer
1 Lime, Squeezed
1 oz. Vodka
1 tbsp. Cranberry Cocktail Juice
1 oz. Raw Cranberries
Lime Slices

Fill copper mug with ice. Add vodka, lime juice, and cranberry cocktail juice. Stir. Top with ginger beer. Wipe rim of mug with lime wedge. Garnish with raw cranberries and lime wedge.

Bourbon Pecan Pie

1.5 oz. Pecan Praline Liqueur
1 oz. Bourbon
0.5 oz. Vodka
Roasted or Candied Pecans

Fill rocks glass with ice. Add all ingredients. Garnish with pecans.

Spiced Apple Cider Toddy

1.5 oz. Spiced Rum
3.0 oz. Apple Cider
1 Orange wheel
1 Cinnamon Stick

Warm your apple cider up. Fill glass coffee mug with rum. Top with warm apple cider. Garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick.

Get a Seasonal Thanksgiving Day Cocktail at English Ivy’s!

English Ivy’s is open on Thanksgiving Day from 5PM and Midnight this year! Call 317-822-5070 to ask about our dinner and drink holiday specials we are offering this season. We offer a seasonal-inspired, multi-cuisine menu that is locally-sourced and curated by our chef. From classics like wings and burgers, to specialty entrees like prime rib and baked scallops, and everything in between, you will find exactly what your taste buds crave this Thanksgiving on our exclusive holiday menus. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Top 4 Tips for Using Cast Iron Skillets

Cast iron has played a major role in our world’s history, with the earliest cast-iron artifacts dating back all the way to 5th century BC. Throughout the centuries, cast iron pots and cauldrons became popular because they were highly durable, cooked meals evenly, and made food taste better. Fashioned with thick handles and long legs, they were specially designed for cooking over a hearth or fire, which was the most common form of fuel in a home during those times. But eventually, stoves were introduced into residential kitchens, logically eliminating the need for legs and handles. As a result, the flat-bottomed cast iron pot was invented, and eventually dubbed the skillet.

Today, cast iron skillets are still among the most popular methods of high-heat and heat retention cooking for these same qualities. Even better, innovative advances in the cookware industry have further improved the natural science behind cast iron cooking! There are even several sizes, colors, and shapes to choose from on the market, so there is one for every cooking need!

If you are interested in improving your cast iron cooking skills, it all starts with cast iron skillet best practices. Continue below to learn the top 4 tips for using and caring for a cast iron skillet.

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❶ Do Not Wash It

Your cast iron skillet is special and more delicate than you think. It cannot withstand the astringent properties in dish detergents, let alone the abrasive textures of scrubbing pads and sponges. This means they cannot be washed in the same way as conventional cookware. You see, it gets naturally “seasoned” with a light coating of oil every time you use it. Not only does this enhance the flavor of your meals the more you use your cast iron, the congealed oil settles within the minuscule holes of the skillet, thus creating a natural seal that protects against burning, rusting, and more.

❷ Periodically Deep Clean It

Just because you are not supposed to wash your cast iron after every use does not mean you never clean it at all. Periodically clean away the caked on remnants of past meal preps by adding one cup of water to the skillet, and then putting it on high heat. This will boil off any solid debris stuck to the surface. If this does not do the trick, use kosher or sea salt and a paper towel to gently scrub the gunk away, and then repeat the process.

❸ Store Cast Iron in a Safe Spot

You do not want to dent, chip, or nick your cast iron skillet because it can cause rust formation, and negatively affect the quality of sear you get on your food. Be sure to store your cast iron skillets flat so they cannot topple over. You can also store them in between your other pots and pans so long as you use layers of felt or paper towel to prevent scratching.

❹ Avoid Using Metal Utensils

Unless using extreme care and focus, avoid using metal spatulas, spoons, and other utensils while cooking in a cast iron skillet. The metal can be too abrasive, and potentially scratch the surface of the skillet. And as mentioned before, scratches can lead to rust and uneven cooking. Instead, stick with a trusty and safe wooden spoon or plastic spatula.

Delicious Food and Great Drink Specials in Downtown Indianapolis!

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our delicious food and drink menus we’re offering this fall! We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. From classic wings and beer, to prime rib, cocktails, stage entertainment, and more, we have exactly what you are looking for in both flavor and fun! With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully-satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant! We look forward to being friends!

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Why You Should Eat Locally-Sourced Foods

If meats, fruits, and vegetables are grown and raised no farther than one hour away, they are considered a local product. This is commonly referred to as “farm-to-table” eating since these products are produced so close to home. There are several benefits to eating locally grown and raised foods, but some of the most admired include freshness, taste, nutrition, economy, community, sustainability, and seasonal awareness.

Continue reading to learn how locally-sourced foods can render such benefits, as well as, where you can find a great, farm-to-table meal near you.

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☑ Freshness

There is nothing fresher than buying foods that were just harvested days before. This is especially true for locally-raised and produced livestock and poultry. There is no week-long transportation or distribution of fruits and vegetables, which means you can eat them at the peak of ripeness when they taste the best. This benefits ties together with the next important one: nutrition.

☑ Nutrition

Other than quality of taste and level of freshness, locally grown and raised products are generally higher in nutritional value. That is because they are not subjected to added preservatives to keep them fresh during distribution. This is also because they are able to be eaten at the peak of freshness when fruits and vegetables are most nutritious.

☑ Economy

As a member of your thriving community, it is important to do your part to contribute to its success. Supporting your local farmers is a great way to accomplish this philanthropic pursuit. Eating local foods means you are supporting your local economy and keeping money flowing within your town, which in turn, makes your community a better place to live!

☑ Seasonal Awareness

When you eat local foods, you get to stay in touch with the changing seasons, and enjoy the limited-edition yields they provide. Pumpkins, apples, carrots, and corn are just a few examples of delicious seasonal foods to enjoy. Furthermore, buying seasonally ensures freshness and cost savings.

☑ Sustainability

Sustainable agriculture is something to really think about if you care about your community. Sustainability practices ensure that the land used to raise farm products is healthy and available for years to come. This has several benefits, including making the most efficient use of nonrenewable and on-farm resources and enhancing the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Great Food in Downtown Indy

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our seasonal-inspired, multi-cuisine menus that are locally-sourced and curated by our executive chef! From wings and burgers, to prime rib, roasted pork, and everything in between, you will find exactly what your taste buds crave on our exclusive, farm-to-table menus. We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully-satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Suggested Health Benefits of Vodka

Although a conventional alcohol, vodka might have a lot to offer in terms of health and wellness. Many suggest that, not only can you use vodka as a delicious base to create your favorite cocktails, you can also use it therapeutically, or to treat minor ailments, from bad breath and dandruff, to headaches, toothaches, stress, and much more.

Continue reading to learn what many say are common health benefits and therapies of vodka.

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Fundamentals of Vodka

Vodka is a colorless, flavorless, ethanol and water-based beverage. In the United States, it is usually made with an alcoholic value of 30% by volume. If you look at its chemical makeup, you might better understand why it can be applied to certain health remedies and uses. Not only does it’s ethanol composition give vodka several useful properties, it is also carbohydrate-free and sugar-free, which helps to support nutrition.

Vodka Health and Wellness Applications

For centuries, vodka has been served many uses aside from recreational imbibing. To this very day, many of these applications are still strongly supported. The top most suggested health and wellness applications for vodka include:

Skin Health – Vodka is an astringent, which helps pores clean and skin clear.

Hair Health – Vodka can cleanse the scalp and eliminate toxins, which can treat dandruff and promote hair growth.

Bacterial Protection – Vodka has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities that can disinfect wounds and prevent infections. It can also treat cold sores.

Toothaches – Applying vodka directly to the gums, or swish it around in your mouth to help relieve toothache pain.

Headaches – Creating a tincture or special herbs and vodka is a method that has been used for centuries to treat minor headaches, colds, and hangovers.

Fever Reducer – Vodka is said to help reduce a fever by rubbing it on your back and chest.

Detoxification – Vodka retains diuretic properties that helps promote healthy urination and flushes out toxins.

Cardiovascular Health – Vodka has a dilating effect on arteries that stimulates blood flow. This can help protect against certain heart diseases, like strokes and cardiac arrest.

Bad Breath/ Smelly Feet – Because vodka disinfects, it can treat smelly feet and bad breath. Mix it with cinnamon or spearmint for a refreshing mouthwash.

Stress Relief – As many of us know, a good cocktail or two can help relieve the stress of a long week. It calms the brain, which can help with insomnia and sleeping difficulties. In fact, scientific findings suggest that vodka helps decrease stress factors in the body more efficiently than any other alcohol!

Get an Ice Cold Vodka Cocktail at English Ivy’s!

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our delicious dinner and drink specials we offer at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant! We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. From classic wings and beer, to prime rib, cocktails, stage entertainment, and more, we have exactly what you are looking for in both flavor and fun! With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully-satisfied with every visit. We look forward to being friends!

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Do You Have a Food Allergy or a Food Intolerance?

When you go out to eat, it is vital to let your server know if you suffer from any food allergies or intolerances. Although the two conditions are similar, one is much more serious than the other, and can result in permanent injuries or even death. If you suspect that you have allergies or intolerances to certain foods, but you have not seen a medical professional for a diagnosis, it is strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible for your own protection.

In the meantime, refrain from any foods that you think might cause your digestive or physical complications. It will also help to prepare for your appointment by learning the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance, since so many people use the terms interchangeably, and thus, incorrectly.

Continue reading to learn the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. This knowledge will also help you more accurately notify servers at restaurants, as well as family and friends at home dinners, how to properly prepare your food for your protection.

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Food Allergies

A food allergy is perceived as a toxin in a person’s body. It triggers an exaggerated immune system response that affects multiple organ systems in an attempt to alert the body of the toxin. This can trigger additional physiological responses that overact and cause serious or fatal symptoms.

Food allergies are serious because some can lead to severe injuries or death. Even microscopic particles of food can cause an allergic reaction, even a fatal one. The most common food allergies include peanuts, shellfish, cow’s milk, soy products, wheat, hen’s eggs, and tree nuts like almonds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. These are called the “big 8” in the culinary world, and are the most familiar food allergies known to the general public.

Food Allergy Symptoms:

⇾ Hives
⇾ Red Skin
⇾ Swelling (face, eyes, cheeks, hands, feet, etc.)
⇾ Itching
⇾ Vomiting
⇾ Diarrhea
⇾ Anaphylaxis
⇾ Respiratory Symptoms

Food Intolerance

In contrast to food allergies that affect the immune system, food intolerances affect the body’s digestive system. When a person consumes food they are intolerant to, the digestive system has trouble breaking it down. This can be caused by a number of reasons, primarily a lack of essential enzymes, sensitivity to food additives, and reactions to naturally-occurring chemical in food (i.e. mycotoxins).

Food intolerances are not life-threatening, but they can cause major discomfort and illness. In minor cases of food intolerance, people can consume small amounts without experiencing any digestive issues. The most common intolerances include glucose, lactose, Tyramine, food preservatives, and food additives.

Food Intolerance Symptoms:

⇾ Flatulence
⇾ Diarrhea
⇾ Bloating
⇾ Cramping
⇾ Fluid Retention
⇾ Abdominal Distention
⇾ Hives
⇾ Swelling
⇾ Migraines
⇾ Wheezing
⇾ Difficulty Breathing

A Downtown Indianapolis Pub & Eatery You Can Trust

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to learn all about our weekly food and drink specials in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. We also serve a full lunch, dinner, and late night menu, and even brunch on weekends! From iced tea cocktails and mimosas, to beer, wine, and everything in between, we have the refreshing summertime cocktails you crave on a hot day. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Top-Recommended Low Calorie Cocktail Options for Summer

If you enjoy a great cocktail at the end of a hard day, but prefer not to indulge in too much sugar or calories, there are still many great options to choose from at your local pub that won’t set your nutrition goals back. Continue below for a list of some of the top-recommended and most frequently ordered low calories cocktails that are the perfect refreshing finish to a long work day. You may be surprised to learn which drink comes in at the lowest calories!

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Cocktails Under 200 Calories

You do not have to jeopardize your summer fitness plan, nor ruin your nutrition goals, every time you want to relax and have some cocktails. Instead, just stick to some popular alcoholic refreshments that are made with simple ingredients, and do not have any added sugars. Here are some top-recommended cocktails that come in at under 200 calories per drink, in order from lowest to highest:

Champagne

Nutrition: 90 Calories
Add some fresh fruit or a splash of juice for added flavor.

Vodka & Soda With Lime

Nutrition: 100 Calories
Ingredients: Vodka, Soda Water, and a Lime Wedge

Rum & Diet Coke

Nutrition: 100 Calories
Ingredients: Rum, Diet Coke, Lime Wedge

Sazerac

Nutrition: 135 Calories
Ingredients: Whiskey, Absinth, Bitters, Sugar, and Water

Gin & Tonic With Lemon

Nutrition: 150 Calories
Ingredients: Gin, Tonic Water, and Lemon Wedge

Old Fashioned

Nutrition: 155 Calories
Ingredients: Bourbon, Bitters, and Sugar

Paloma

Nutrition: 165 Calories
Ingredients: Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Soda Water, and a Lime Wedge
For fewer calories, forgo a sugar-coated rim.

Mojito

Nutrition: 170 Calories
Ingredients: White Rum, Simple Syrup, Mint Leaves, Lime Wedge

Martini

Nutrition: 175 Calories
Ingredients: Vodka or Gin, Vermouth (Olives Optional)
For less calories, order it “dry” and forgo the olives.

Gimlet

Nutrition: 180 Calories
Ingredients: Any Liquor, Rose’s® Sweet Lime Juice, and Lime Wedge
For less calories, swap Rose’s® for a dash of simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lime.

➡ When in doubt, stick to some general rules of thumb for concocting a lo-calorie, skinny drink:

☑ Avoid premixed drinks, mixes, syrups, and liqueurs.
☑ Swap soda for sparkling water or soda water.
☑ Swap red wine for white wine.
☑ Choose simple recipes with few ingredients.
☑ Use fresh fruit to enhance flavor.

Delish Skinny Cocktails in Downtown Indianapolis

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our delicious summertime cocktail list and drink specials! We have a full bar stocked with all your favorites, including premium liquors, wine, beer, and more. So if you need a new “Gay-thering” place for your group, trust English Ivy’s bar and restaurant for phenomenal food, fun, and friendship!

317-822-5070
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