About once a quarter, Mike and I commit to a little ‘liver rest’ by going on the wagon for a week or so. As we wrote in The 6-Week Cure, alcohol is a delicious poison that must be detoxified by the liver, which adds to its work burden. In excess, of course, alcohol, can lead to the development of fatty liver, which can fuel insulin resistance, mid-body weight gain, and any of the host of maladies that make up the syndrome. Thus the prescribed two-weeks of abstinence from alcohol that begin The Cure.
The hardest part of these self-prescribed interludes on the wagon, for me at any rate, is not being able on a sleepy Sunday morning to lingering over a couple of Mimosas (or Buck’s Fizzes as Mike prefers to call them) on our sunny deck overlooking Lake Tahoe or the equally sunny patio behind our house in Santa Barbara.
But last weekend, I found a really worthy substitute. I’m calling it a Cham-plain Mocktail. Ain’t nothing like the real thing, as the song says, but it’s slightly sweet and just bubbly and cold enough to fill in as a stunt Mimosa.
Here it is:
The Cham-plain Mocktail
In a chilled champagne flute, pour
1 ounce Citrus Pomegranate or Orange low cal FRS healthy energy beverage
4 ounces very cold sparkling water or club soda
Garnish with orange peel and/or a juicy berry
One can of low cal FRS –rich in antioxidants and B vitamins, so the label says — is enough to make about 5 or 6 Mocktails. Plenty to get us through brunch and the Sunday paper, with our livers none the worse for wear.