A hangover is the wrath of grapes. ~Author Unknown
They say that a Bloody Mary cocktail can cure hangovers – I think we all need to know this before the silly season gets underway…. But does it work? Is it fact or mere fiction? I decided to try this one out myself – so just last week with a very hectic social schedule filling my outlook calendar I decided it was a good time to plan a good hangover and test this myth or truth. So I attended a social function where the wine was literally on tap… (I booked a driver to ensure that I made it home safely), went home and decided to finish off my little experiment by rounding the evening off with a few more whiskeys – just a couple of night caps you know. I felt fabulous that evening – did a few dances for the hubby and went to bed. The next morning not so fabulous … what on earth was I thinking? I am no scientist…on cue though Rick woke me up with a Bloody Mary in bed! Thankfully it was Saturday morning, but whichever way you look at it … facing a cocktail concoction that that time of the morning can scare even a full-time professional drinker! For some crazy reason, I had to finish what I started, so with eyes wide shut, I tilted the head and knocked-back the Bloody Mary thingy. I lay about curiously waiting for this healing elixir to do its curative work. An hour later, no change, I still felt 10 000 hammers in my head. This Bloody Mary was clearly nursing somewhere else – or had taken the day off. It was – and is in my opinion a myth. I do know that scientific experiments are verified by a series of tests, so to be fair I decided to take this test to the next level.
If the Bloody Mary did not do its work in a cocktail glass perhaps the sum of its ingredients would be a better tonic if they were deconstructed. I took a cherry tomato injected it with a few drops of green tobasco, then I took a short shot glass of vodka and placed it adjacent to a bowl of salt.
The regimen is then to dip the tabasco infused tomato into the vodka and then douse it in the salt and pop it in your mouth. I added a bean for some protein and then a celery stick for the more traditional version. It is just so fab.
Did this cure my hangover? I reckon that you will have to go through quite a few kilos of tomatoes before this deconstructed Bloody Mary will make some sort of dent on a decent hangover.
So my deconstructed Bloody Mary may not be the cure for hangovers but try it – it will definitely be the showstopper at your next summer soiree or cocktail party!
Roll on summer!
- Cherry tomatoes
- Maldon salt
- Green tobasco
- Butter beans or celery sticks cut into 2.5cm pieces (optional)
- Injection needle
- Tooth pics
- Inject a few drops of green tobasco into each tomato.
- String a tomato and a butter bean onto a toothpick. Repeat (depending on how many you want to ingest).
- Pour some vodka into a bowl and salt into a separate bowl.
- Now dip the tabasco infused tomato into the vodka and then douse it in the salt and pop it in your mouth.