Nostalgic for the sickly sweet taste of Children's Tylenol but worried you're too sick to go out? Pssh -- genius mixologists are here to save the day.
Boston's Tamo bar just launched the Baby Tylenoltini -- a blend of Absolut Pears, ginger, lemon, honey, Grenadine and pink lemonade made to taste like the childhood curative. They also have cocktail that tastes like a cough drop.
Fortunately, we've uncovered a slew of libations made with good-for-you ingredients (besides NyQuil). They may just cure what ails you -- and if not, at least you'll forget about your sniffles for a while.
Golden Daze: Angel's Share, in NYC's East Village, offers the Golden Daze, a head-clouding, cold-clearing cocktail made with warm water, sherry, brandy, honey (which is good for coughs), cloves, cinnamon and ground ginger. Just the thought of warm sherry and cinnamon makes us feel better.
Acai-Blueberry Martini: Several Atlanta-based bars, including Whiskey Park, offer this citrusy blend of Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka and lemonade. Dr. Perricone, a frequent guest on Oprah, lists acai as his top super-food for its richness in antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids, which boost your energy and bolster your immune system.
10. Arctic Ice Room The Qua Spa at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas offers an "Arctic Ice" treatment room, where "snow" falls from a domed ceiling through mint-infused air chilled to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
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9. Golf Ball Massage After hitting the links at Scottsdale's Four Seasons Resort at Troon North, you can have a "therapist" warm up some golf balls, and roll them along the large muscles of your spine and neck.
8. Doctor Fish Pedicure A type of carp called garra rufa, or "doctor fish," are used during pedicures at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va. The fish eat dead areas of the skin, leaving just healthy new flesh behind.
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7. Doctor Fish Pool In case you want more than your toes nibbled, you can bail to Chongqing Municipality, China and hop in a Doctor Fish therapy spa.
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6. Gold Facial Treatment Japan's Umo Inc. claims that covering the face with sheets of 24-carat gold is an effective (if not cost effective) method of fighting off wrinkles.
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5. Snake Massage In the Israeli village of Talmey El'Azar, where reptile farmer/aesthetician Ada Barak uses tangles of king, corn and milk snakes in her massage treatments. Barak claims that find the creatures to be soothing.
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4. Nightingale Droppings If snakes aren't cuttin' it, you can always rely on ol' fashioned bird poo. Spas such as Shizuku in NYC offer facials with nightingale droppings, which contain an enzyme that supposedly brightens the skin.
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3. Leeches Demi Moore may be using these bloodsuckers for detox treatments, but in the Himalayan region of Jammu And Kashmir, leeches are used to treat a variety of ailments including blood disorders and immunity problems.
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2. Bull Semen Hair Conditioning Bull semen conditioner is one of the new offerings of Hari's Salon in London. Hari's claims that the substance, when combined with a protein rich plant root, Katera, strengthens and adds shine to hair.
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1. Knife Therapy A man cringes as he receives a "knife therapy" massage during a free procedure in Taipei. Local practitioners in this ancient form of massage claim it can cure sinus infections and headaches.
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Siren: San Diego's Odysea bar serves up the Siren (shown), a sizzling hot combination of Fortaleza Tequila, Gabriel Boudier Crème de Cassis, red jalapeños, lime and ginger beer. Red jalapeños stimulate blood flow, while ginger beer calms the stomach.
Maca-tini: At the green-certified Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, N. Y., patrons can enjoy a potent combination of apple and maca: the Macai-tini. Chef Marcus Guiliano tells us that maca, a Peruvian root vegetable, is a fat burner as well as an aphrodisiac. That sounds good for us!
C-creature: In Walnut Creek, Calif., the Spoontonic Lounge makes Emergen-C cocktails by request. The C-creature is a combination of Absolute Mandarin, a packet of Emergen-C (citrus flavor), soda water, fresh orange wedge and a splash of OJ. Add a shot of vodka to the Emergen-C and you've got yourself a B-12 Bomber.
Low-Carb Wheatgrass Martini: The Oliver Lounge at the SPORTS CLUB/LA-Beverly Hills has concocted a low-carb martini with soy vodka, fresh wheatgrass (which has, like, six tons of vitamin C per ounce) and ginger reductions. Sounds exactly like what the doctor would order.
Also on Lemondrop: Once you're feeling better, indulge in one of the sumptuous desserts below.
Cosi Double Trouble Brownie Sundae, Calories: 1,594, Total Fat: 95 g "One warm chocolate brownie & one blondie topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream & a cherry." Seven nights on the treadmill, alternating between self-loathing and considering eating another one when you get home.
Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie, Calories: 1,600, Total Fat: 78 g Why have dessert when you can have novelty dessert?! It comes to your table fajita-style, sizzling in a cast iron skillet. And it's soaking in a vat of cinnamon butter. (Kind of like your heart.)
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Romano's Macaroni Grill's Dessert Ravioli, Calories: 1,630, Total Fat: 74 g This Italian-inspired concoction consists of peanuts, caramel and chocolate in fried pastries served with vanilla ice cream and, uh, more caramel. Don't worry, their New York Cheesecake only has 1,610 calories.
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P.F. Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate with Raspberry Sauce, Calories: 2,240, Total Fat: 89 g Well, it does have 20g of protein and we can write off the raspberry sauce as being in the fruit group, so it's sort of like salad, right?
Applebee's Sizzling Apple Pie with Ice Cream, Calories: 1,086, Total Fat: 56 g There's nothing more American than warm apple pie -- that has over a thousand calories. The ice cream melts over the sizzling sugary crust, creating a hot-and-cold classic for your piehole.
Baskin-Robbins Heath Bar Shake, Calories: 2,310, Total Fat: 108 g We like our coffee like we like our men: blended with Heath ice cream and caramel and tastefully garnished with whipped cream and pieces of candy bars.
Mimi's Café Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, Calories: 1,879, Total Fat: 111 g Why choose between pecan pie and a chocolate dessert when you can jam them both onto one plate? Plus, pecans = heart-healthy fats, right? Right? Come back here, we're having chest pains.
Friendly's Caramel Fudge Brownie Sundae, Calories: 1,530, Total fat: 70 g An Oreo brownie with five scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, caramel and whipped cream. Who could have guessed those ingredients would add up to such high digits? We blame new math.
Don Pablo's Chocolate Volcano Cake, Calories: 1,380, Total Fat: 77g (Not to be confused with the 1997 film.) Take one chocolate cinnamon cake, drop it in a pool of molten chocolate butter sauce, scoop ice cream on top and shovel into maw. Burp.
On the Border Chocolate Turtle Empanadas, Calories: 1,280, Fat: 729 g Really, how better to wash down a meal of fried flour, refried beans and guac than a pile of pastries filled with chocolate, caramel and pecans. With ice cream. Delicioso!
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