I love it when friends enlighten me to something new and wonderful. Such is the case with the Cayenne Cocktail. Raw food rock star Susan O’Brien of Hail Merry and I were chatting the other day and she gave me a great idea for beverages to serve at the Spring Cleanse dinner party. I must confess my ignorance as I had never heard of The Master Cleanse or The Lemonade Diet. Far too rigorous a cleanse for me, I must admit I love the lemonade. The original recipe contains a hefty amount of maple sugar, but since I’m not fasting I’ve made my version calorie friendly (as in none!) by substituting stevia. I’ve also taken the liberty of dubbing it the Cayenne Cocktail because it is tasty and merits being savored in a highball glass garnished with mint. Before a healthy meal, naturally.
8 oz filtered water
2 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 TBS organic maple syrup (I use 1/2 packet of stevia instead!)
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
fresh mint leaves
In a cocktail shaker, add water, lemon juice, maple syrup or stevia, and cayenne pepper. Shake vigorously and pour over ice in a frosted cocktail glass. Garnish with mint.