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January 1st is Bloody Mary Day, which seems like an odd way to start the new year to me, but it's a popular "hair of the dog" hangover cure. (The only real cure for a hangover is plenty of water. Most of the discomfort after overindulging is from dehydration.)
Bloody Marys are fairly complicated cocktails with a ton of variations, but have a fairly simple foundation: vodka, tomato juice, and lemon juice. Its history is disputed, with several claimants to its invention. The International Bartenders Association has an official recipe.
You can include in your family's cookbook a section for beverages, and add whatever cocktail variants everyone likes to celebrate with. (I have a deadly Mai Tai recipe from my brother, very butt-kickingly delicious.)
|Sunset: Oceanside, CA, with the creator of the deadly Mai Tais|
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