A few shots here, a few beers there, a rum and coke, that shot of Goldschläger your friend bought you as a joke, a few large-ish nips out of that floating bottle of Jameson. Didn’t we agree that to never, ever going to mix alcohols again? Especially when we have somewhere to be in morning? Well, pop some ibuprofen and wobble your way to the kitchen, because we’re making anti-hangover juice!
Note: If you don’t have a juicer, this would work in the blender. The juice will come out a lot thicker, but the raw nutrients will still be there.
Watermelon is a fun fruit to put into a juicer because it makes tons of hot-pink juice. And watermelon juice helps your poor, overworked kidneys process the toxins you drank last night, and it’s a diuretic, so you’ll be flushing out your hangover in no time. Use as much watermelon as you want—in this recipe, I used about a quarter of a large watermelon. You can get giant pre-cut wedges at the grocery store, too.
2 peeled limes
Citrus fruit = detoxifier for all your body’s cells. And along with the watermelon, lime juice is also going to help stabilize your blood sugar.
2 big handfuls of fresh mint leaves
Mint is an anti-nausea herb. Enough said. Not to mention the fresh smell, which is going to help wake you up, and guess what else mint does? It fights bloating. Hooray!
1 big handful of fresh parsley
Parsley is a detoxification wonder-herb that helps fight bloating and supports your kidneys, which are, let’s face it, kind of pissed at you right now.
Wash everything, then toss it all in your juicer or blender and hit the “on” button. If you’re blending, add a cup of filtered water to help liquefy your fruit.
The juice will be a deep pink color, tinged with green, and you’ll get about 30 ounces of juice if you use the same amount of watermelon I did. If you have leftovers, keep it in the fridge in an airtight container, and stir before drinking. But I don’t recommend saving this juice! Just drink as much of it as you can right now, and bring the rest to work.
Hair-of-the-dog types: I would be remiss in my duties as a hangover-healer if I did not take you aside and quietly inform you that this drink tastes delicious with a chilled shot of vodka in it. There.
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