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This Beet and Bourbon Cocktail Makes Juice Cleanses Actually Tolerable

If you're honestly determined to try a juice cleanse, we can't stop you. But at the very least, we'd recommend that you give this cocktail recipe by DrinksMadeEasy a shot -- it's basically like a juice cleanse, with, y'know, bourbon. What! Don't look at us like that -- we're just looking out for your best interests, i.e., putting a healthy spin on your weekend booze game. Now watch the video to see how it's done and beet it (we're sorry). 

Beet It

Yield: 1 cocktail

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce beet simple syrup
    • 1 cup water
    • 4 beets, finely chopped
    • ~¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce ginger liqueur
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced, to garnish
To make the beet juice simple syrup:
  • Clean and peel the beets, and chop them finely.
  • Combine the beets and 1 cup of water in a blender or food processor. Pulse until well-combined.
  • Using a cheesecloth and fine mesh strainer, extract the solids from the beet juice.
  • In a Mason jar or other sealable vessel, combine the beet juice with equal parts granulated sugar. Seal, shake to combine, and set aside.

To make the cocktail:
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, beet simple syrup, ginger liqueur, cayenne pepper, and lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a slice of the red bell pepper. Serve immediately.

Inspired by this recipe; filmed by Mike & Paul at DrinksMadeEasy.

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