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Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary



Not only is today the first day of 2007, but it's National Bloody Mary day as well. Quite suitable if you woke up this morning feeling like your head was about to burst. Hangovers are the worst, but sometimes a good Bloody Mary can do the trick.

A hangover is the body's way of saying it's dehydrated and that its natural levels of alcohol are out of whack. After consuming excessive amounts of alcohol the body stops producing it on its own naturally. When you stop drinking and the alcohol has left your system, there is a lag time that occurs before your body realizes it needs to start reproduction of alcohol. This lag time is commonly known as a hangover. If you drink a Bloody Mary the next morning, the alcohol from the vodka will hold off the body's need for alcohol until you can start making it on your own. Learn more about why you have a hangover from FitSugar.

I apologize to anyone who happens to be reading this with a hangover, all of that scientific talk didn't help the headache much. Translation: if you're hung over try drinking a Bloody Mary to make you feel better. It might not cure a hangover, but it should help postpone it.



Bloody Mary
From Ina Garten

3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco), or to taste
1 1/2 cups vodka

  1. Cut the celery in large dice, including the leaves, and puree in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely minced.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients except the vodka.
  3. With the food processor running, pour 1/4 of the tomato juice mixture into the food processor through the feed tube.
  4. Then pour the contents of the food processor into the pitcher with the remaining tomato juice mixture.
  5. Add the vodka and chill.
  6. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a stick of celery.

Serves 6

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