It's been a boozy week here at Embury, with rock stars, St. Patrick's Day and Jameson, the video of our verdita party and a well researched discussion about hangover cures. In the aftermath of all this revelry I'm reminded that balance is important to a really successful drinking career, and my secret weapon against all the inherent excesses in writing about (and consuming) cocktails is raw vegetable juice. For the price of a cocktail (and less than the price of many) you can get a whole day's worth of vegetables in your system in about 10 minutes, a neat time saver that puts you immediately back on track, giving you all the A & B vitamins, beta carotene, and boron (look it up!) you could ask for and replacing what you drank away the night before, and putting you ahead of the game for the nights to come. It's a potent mutli-vitamin taken, essentially, straight from the earth. But as much as a restorative I also use the moments with my raw juice as a re-jiggering of intent, a chance to remember that physical and mental wellness is integral-not the antithesis of partying heartily but, in fact, a key component to doing it well.
My drink of choice comes from Liquiteria, a friendly, high-volume juice bar on 11th Street and 2nd Avenue in the East Village. The Skin Trip is carrots, cucumbers, beets, parsley and celery, along with liquid aloe, much more effective to drink than to merely apply to the skin, and a Liver Kidney Lymph Detox supplement, whose value is self-explanatory. I ask them to add flaxseed oil which helps maintain (or restore) cell virtue and feels like it keeps my brain sort of solvent and my coat sleek. I try to get at least 5 of these in a week to help keep me sane and grounded in a stressful city. A 16 oz. Skin Trip with flaxseed oil is $7.25, and I'm pretty sure it's the best money I won't spend on a drink this week. J.R.