The January Cleanse Cocktail

At the start of every year, cleanses, detoxes, diets, and general deprivations relating to all things good-tasting begins for many. Some stick it out, others will celebrate surrendering to their cravings with millions of others on January 17th, National Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day. In response to email requests for skinny drink recipes (you'll see some here next week and can always type "skinny" into the search box), we created this simple cocktail based on the famous lemon honey cayenne pepper cleanse. Use any spirit you'd like! We enjoyed it with vodka, gin, bourbon, and tequila. You'll get the punch of the alcohol but won't gulp it down due to the tartness and mild heat. It's a sipping drink that you can enjoy and still not break the calorie bank. The balance of flavors is also satisfying enough to leave you feeling satisfied after just one.

January Cleanse Cocktail

January Cleanse Cocktail ~ 120 Calories 1.5 ounces tequila 94 calories 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper power >1 calorie 2 teaspoons organic honey 24 calories (cut in half if desired!) 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 calorie

Directions Wash, halve, and squeeze one lemon to collect 3/4 ounce of juice. Add it to an empty shaker. Add the tequila and cayenne. Fill a bowl with hot water and set the honey container in it to soften the honey and slightly warm. Once it's ready, measure out two teaspoons and add it to the tequila mixture. Mix well to dissolve the honey. Fill a glass with ice and pour the cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a lemon and serve.

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