Have you ever heard of the Red Eye cocktail? It’s a cocktail made with beer and tomato juice.
In Japan, a famous beer company sells cans of the Red Eye, and it’s a cocktail that has many fans. There are many other cocktails that combine tomato juice and alcohol, such as the Bloody Mary, which is a combination of vodka and tomato juice; the Red Bird, which is red eye with vodka; and the Virgin Mary, which is a non-alcoholic tomato juice-based cocktail.
What I would like to introduce to you is a way to combine sake and tomato juice. Would you call it Sake Red Eye? It’s much easier to drink than I thought it would be, and it’s also much more delicious.
The benefits of tomatoes for alcohol
Of course, the reason I recommend mixing alcohol with tomato juice is that it tastes good, but the benefits of tomato juice are even more important.
Tomato juice, or rather the tomatoes themselves have their own benefits, and research has shown that the water-soluble components in tomatoes have an effect on the metabolism of alcohol. To be more specific, the water-soluble components increase the activity of alcohol-degrading enzymes in the liver and raise the blood level of pyruvate, which plays an important role in the process of alcohol metabolism. In other words, the water-soluble components in tomatoes help to increase the rate of alcohol breakdown and reduce rapid drunkenness.
Experiments have been done with other vegetables, but tomatoes were the most effective against alcohol. This is not only delicious but also good for your health, which is truly an ideal way to enjoy alcohol.
How well does it work in practice?
Tomatoes help reduce rapid drunkenness and aid in alcohol breakdown. So how much of a difference does the intake of tomatoes make? According to an experiment in which 100ml of shochu was given to test subjects, when they drank 500ml of tomato juice, there was a 30% reduction in blood alcohol concentration compared to the same amount of water. If it usually takes five hours to break down, it takes a little over four hours to break it down if you drink tomato juice, so it’s an amazing benefit.
Every drinker knows about the painful hangover. Tomatoes are an amazing ingredient that can help prevent it. However, I recommend Sake Red Eye more than anything else because of its taste, so I think it’s best if you just accept it as a nice bonus. I think a clean, sweet sake goes better with Red Eye than one with a strong flavor. Try to enjoy the Sake Red Eye with your favorite sake.