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Hangover remedies: mango-ginger tea, bloody mary, cucumber-mint water

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Chef Marcia Sofarelli from Field Kitchen restaurant shares some hangover remedies.

Field Kitchen
1410 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
7565 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
www.fieldkitchen.com

Mango Ginger Infused Tea

Ginger is a superfood and is a great way to retrieve the belly after overeating and overdrinking. Gingers spicy kick curbs cravings for other sweet additives as well. Fresh ginger contains gingerols which is not only a great remedy for the waves crashing in your stomach but is also great for the aches and pain from moving your body in ways you never knew you could!

Recipe:
Pour boiling water over tea bag and ginger, let steep for 20 minutes.
Strain off ginger, discard tea bag and refrigerate tea. Use cold.

Preparation:
Puree 1/8 cup of fresh mango with the ginger infused tea. Mix in the lime juice, sparkling water and pour over ice into a 16 oz. glass. Stir in the remaining 1/8 cup diced mango and the two lime wedges. Garnish the rim with a slice of fresh mango. Serve immediately.

Bloody Mary:
Tomato juice is packed with antioxidants, electrolytes, and the fluid you need to help your body regroup. Skip the alcohol and go with the "Virgin Mary" or the popular non-alcoholic "Caesar" made with clamato.

8 cups tomato juice
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups Crop Organic tomato-flavored vodka
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 cups ice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Cherry tomatoes, for garnish
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
Celery stalks, for garnish
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

Cucumber Mint Water

Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headaches.

Hangovers are caused by inflammation and cucumbers also have natural anti-inflammatory properties and help to prevent water retention.

Rich in anti-oxidants, the juice has been touted as a great relief for any inflammatory ailment. Fresh mint has long been the wise woman's go-to herb for easing digestive discomfort. It's one of the few herbs that has had scientific research back up it's legendary status among herbal enthusiasts, as a few studies have shown that it can help stop colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Combine the two, and you get a powerhouse of soothing energy, a perfect remedy for days when you've seen a little too much heat or physical exertion, or a night out!

Recipe:
4 fresh mint leaves
15 super thin slices of cucumber
1 gallon of filtered water

Preparation:
Stir everything together in a glass pitcher. Add some ice or put it in the fridge. Let the flavors mingle for a time. If you crush your mint leaves in the water, you can drink it as soon as the Cucumber Mint Water cools. If you want to keep them whole for presentation's sake, you can drink the water after a few hours.

The Cucumber Mint Water will keep for several days in the fridge, but ours always disappears within minutes!

Think ahead next time: If you want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat or drink a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.

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