Monkey Sweat


  • 6 ounces tomato juice or V8
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 dashes tabasco sauce (more if you can stand it)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed or pressed in a garlic press)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • Small pinch salt (if using tomato sauce)

This recipe makes 8 ounces but you can make a bottle of it and keep it for a few days in the refrigerator, a good idea, since this will help you fight off infection, especially a cold. Change the measurements by figuring out how many glasses will fit in your bottle and adjust the amounts. For example, if you want to make a 32-ounce bottle of tonic, multiply all the measurements by 4.

Mix all the ingredients together, and as you stir — counter clockwise first, then clockwise — recite a little incantation.