The final dog days of summer are holding strong here in “SOUTH DAKOTA VACATION” and I have the perfect remedy to beat the late season heat. A few years ago I was introduced to this peculiar treat while living in the mountains of North Carolina. This sweet and savory concoction explodes with flavor as it fizzes upon your taste buds.
Coca Cola in a bottle served on ice (Mexican Coke is preferred because it has real sugar)
Salted Cocktail Peanuts
1 Take a hardy gulp of your Coca Cola
2 Open a package of salted cocktail peanuts and drop them down the bottleneck
3 Give your bottle a little shake to activate the foamy sensation
4 Slowly pour the dark syrupy Coke into your mouth while allowing a few nuts to disperse on your tongue
5 Close your eyes and experience the magic
What it does for you:
Adventuring can be exhausting especially in the heat, this treat will turn your fatigued mind and body into a fighter ready to fend off Chuck Norris. Coca Cola can be a great pick-me-up during a physical activity because the body primarily runs off glucose during exertion. The caffeine gives you a quick jolt into action, while the carbonation can soothe that aching stomach. Surprisingly, even the Tour de France riders turn to good old Coca-Cola when the going gets tough. Adding in Peanuts gives you a solid food to put in your tummy and acts as a slow burning fuel. The salt of the peanuts helps replenish the supply of sodium one loses while sweating. There you have it folks, my favorite remedy to getting through a grind on the trail.
Picture of Nick Gulping down the coke
Till next time, your friendly South Dakota guide.