3 oz sake
2 oz fresh lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
1-2 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
Dash cayenne pepper
*This sugar alternative is made with ground dates and is available in most health-food stores.
To Make:  Rub a slice of lemon around the rim of a martini glass and dip the rim into the date sugar.  Add sake, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain into glass. (If a martini glass seems too girly, you can also serve the drink on the rocks in a short glass.)  Serve.
Nutrition facts for drink shown (made with 1 tbsp maple syrup): 184 calories, 23 g carbs, 0 g fat
Feeling polluted from all those holiday parties? Down one of these-the drink is based on the concept of a detox diet called the Master Cleanse, in which you use the combination of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper to eliminate toxins from the body.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Unlike refined sugar, pure maple syrup contains beneficial doses of zinc and manganese, important nutrients that help keep your immune system functioning at its peak. Plus, studies have shown that zinc helps prevent damage to the blood vessels caused by LDL cholesterol, helping slow the progression of heart disease. Make sure you get the label that says “100% pure,” though-anything else is most likely made with high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives.
AVOID A HANGOVER
Sake, a Japanese liquor brewed from rice,is one of the purest alcohols you can drink. It has no additives or preservatives, and it has fewer congeners, the primary culprits responsible for nasty morning-after headaches and cotton mouth.
Capsaicin, the ingredient that gives cayenne its heat, may be the new wonder drug. It’s been shown to reduce the size of prostate-cancer tumors, according to a study from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Plus, it breaks up congestion, strengthens immunity, and increases heat production in the body-helping you burn more calories.
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