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The happy hour spot that serves juice shots [with recipes]


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M Cafe 1There is such a thing as a healthy happy hour.

M Cafe, the popular macrobiotic Los Angeles eatery, recently reintroduced Macro Hour, a late-afternoon selection of off-menu snacks and samplers, where instead of cocktails on the cheap, you quaff Macro Shooters, two ounce cold-pressed juices meant to give you an all-natural pick-me-up—sans risk of hangover.

M Cafe consulting chef (and Organic Pharmer co-owner) Lee Gross, who helped design the Macro Shooters, says the tiny servings aren’t just a cute novelty. “Juices are often served in quantities that are too large. “Two to six ounces is optimal,” he says, referring to their natural sugar content. “These will hit you profoundly without an excessive amount of sugar,” when your late-afternoon blood sugar is low.

The Macro Shooters are cold-pressed at M Cafe. But should sneaking out of work early not exactly be feasible (ditto a trip to LA), your own juicer will do the trick. Here are three recipes for a full-on juice flight. BYO shot glasses. —Jamie McKillop

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BeetBeet It
Makes two servings

2 Tbsp of beet juice (about half a beet)
2 Tbsp lemon juice (about two lemons)

Juice both ingredients, mix the juices together, and serve in two ounce shot glasses.

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CarrotCarrot Kick
Makes two servings

2 oz of carrot juice (about six inches of carrot)
2 Tbsp of ginger juice (about four inches of ginger)

Juice both ingredients, mix the juices together, and serve into two ounce shot glasses.

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GingerWellness
Makes two servings

2 Tbsp lemon juice (about two lemons)
2 Tbsp of ginger juice (about four inches of ginger)
Dashes of cayenne pepper

Juice both ingredients, mix the juices together, serve into two ounce shot glasses, and dash each glass with cayenne pepper.

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