As Marisa mentioned in last week's Resolution Cocktail post, a lot of people start the year with resolutions to be healthier. For many, this means cutting down on alcohol - or eliminating it all together, at least for a little while. I have never made such kind of pact. Cutting out cocktails just seems like a gloomy way to start the year, if you ask me! Yes, I promise myself that I'll stretch more and drink more water, I'll at least enter the gym or eat fewer croissants. And I'll also toast myself to commemorate my successes. But for the month of January, we're taking our cocktail cue from the universal trend towards a cleaner, healthier lifestyle, by using ingredients inspired by certain famous (or infamous) health trends. Last week, it was green juice, which we spiked with vodka to make a green bloody mary of sorts.
This week I used the recipe for the Master Cleanse, that lemonade juice fast that started off the juicing craze a few year's back. I got the idea from a tequila cocktail called the Retox they used to make at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, Rye, where they used lime juice, maple syrup and muddled chili peppers. This cocktail is a step simpler, because it skips the muddling. The recipe comes directly from the Master Cleanse itself, with equal parts lemon juice and maple syrup and a smidgen of cayenne pepper - but I also added a shot of tequila and a salty rim. You're also free to continue eating food.
The result is margarita-esque, with a richer flavor from the maple syrup that makes it well suited to a cold snowy night, in my opinion. You guys - this might be my new favorite cocktail. It's so delicious! I made them for my husband and myself on New Year's Eve and rung in 2015 with them. I like to think this means it is my signature cocktail of the year and I should drink them all the time. Who knows, maybe they'll detoxify me!
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(all photos, jamie grill photography)