A detoxifying and replenishing “hair of the dog” remedy for your bloody-awful hangover

This antioxidant-rich, liver-loving concoction provides a delicious antidote to alcohol’s toxic effects.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which, among it’s many benefits, helps the liver eliminate toxins.  Lemon juice and zest are both high in the liver-cleansing antioxidant Vitamin C.  Lemon juice also aids in soothing the digestive upset that usually accompanies a hangover by alkalizing alcohol’s acidic effects.  Turmeric and ginger are both potent anti-inflammatories and ginger has anti-nausea properties as well – both needed after a night of over-indulging.  Bitters of any kind have detoxifying effects and add a nice flavor layer to any beverage.  Horseradish has detoxing benefits and adds a nice and much needed eye-opening zing!

The garnish is chock-full of nutrients as well and provides protein which is key to re-balancing your tipsy blood sugar.

4-6 ounces organic tomato juice, best packaged in a bottle
A dash of your favorite hot sauce or to taste
A grind of freshly-ground black pepper
1 t fresh lemon zest 
1 t fresh lemon juice or to taste
1/2 t fresh ginger, grated
1/2 t fresh or powdered turmeric
3 dashes of organic celery bitters (optional)
1 t horseradish or to taste

1 stalk organic celery, peeled
lemon wedge
On a skewer, alternate the following:
3 green olives
3 organic grape tomatoes
3 grilled shrimp

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice.  Garnish with celery and lemon wedge and lay skewer on top of glass.  Bottoms up!!  Your liver will thank you…