The Mr. Hyde Potion

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The Mr. Hyde Potion
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Instructions:

8 ounces vodka
4 ounces parfait amour liqueur
1 ounce blackberry liqueur
2 ounces tarragon simple syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce lavender syrup, available at most liquor stores
4 lavender sprigs
8 blackberries
dry ice (optional) Note: Use only if you're familiar with dry ice safety measures
purple sanding sugar for rim (optional)


Yield: 4 cocktails

Taragon Simple Syrup:

1. Prepare the tarragon simple syrup by placing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
2. Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add two sprigs of fresh tarragon and reduce heat to low. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tarragon and allow syrup to cool.


Does Beer Help Prevent Kidney Stones?

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Does Beer Help Prevent Kidney Stones?
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Via In Depth Nigeria:

In a study published in the American Journal of Epidermiology, researchers found that consumption of beer was associated with the decreased risk of kidney stones. For each bottle of beer consumed per day, the risk of kidney stones was reduced by 40 percent.

Researchers believe alcohol suppresses the excretion of vasopressin, resulting in increased urine flow and more dilute urine. But the protective effect of beer could be mediated through water or alcohol.