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The Caprese

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The Caprese

6 grape tomatoes
11 basil leaves
Fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 oz Finlandia vodka
4 oz tomato water
1 fresh mozzarella ball

To Make: [1] Using a bar muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, crush 5 tomatoes, 10 basil leaves, and a dash of pepper in a shaker. [2] Add vodka, tomato water, and ice. [3] Shake and strain into a martini glass. [4] Garnish with tomato, basil leaf, and mozzarella ball on a skewer. [5] Serve.

Improve Digestion
Who needs Beano? Not only does black pepper stimulate your taste buds and increase the secretion of digestive acids in your stomach to speed digestion, it also acts as a carminative, a substance that helps prevent the formation of gas in your nether regions.

Crush It
To make tomato water, put one very ripe tomato through a juicer and strain the juice through cheesecloth. If you don't have a juicer (or cheesecloth, for that matter), just crush the tomato in a colander or strainer and catch the liquid in a bowl. (Note: Stay away from the canned tomato juice-this is a thin, light drink, not a soupy Bloody Mary.)

Fight Headaches
By now we all know about the cancer-fighting and antioxidant benefits of lycopene in tomatoes, but did you know tomatoes can also help with migraine headaches? They're a good source of riboflavin, which studies have shown reduce the frequency of incapacitating migraine attacks.

Reduce Inflammation
Overdo it at the gym? Try adding more basil to your diet: Compounds called eugenols in this fragrant herb work much like over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen), blocking the activity of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase and helping alleviate pain and swelling.

Nutrition facts for drink shown (minus garnish): 110 calories, 3 g carbs, 0 g fat

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