Hair of the Dog: Try These and Tell Us Your Hangover Cure

The morning after New Year's Eve can put your night of celebration in a different light. Try these hangover cures—including my Bloody Mary recipe—and tell us what works for you.

So, you went out last night. You drank some champagne... maybe a little more than you were planning.

A hangover can happen to the best of us, and you're probably in good company this morning. Conventional wisdom would tell you to wake up, drink a beer/Mimosa/Bloody Mary, and eat a large and fatty breakfast—but does it really work?

We've compiled a list of hangover cures below for you to browse. Tell your favorite cure in comments below.

Drink a Bloody Mary (see recipe below): According to the Atlantic magazine's cocktail guru Wayne Curtis, the Blood Mary is the go-to hangover cure. It's got vitamins (and some booze) to help you through your pain. It's part poison and part antidote—and the best anti-venom comes from the venom itself. The famous Oak Parker Earnest Hemmingway was known to say that the best cure for a hangover was simply more alcohol.

Read more hangover cures from famous drinkers here.

According to Health Magazine, a virgin Bloody Mary is best—but you make the final decision on that one. The famous Oak Parker Earnest Hemmingway was known to say that the best cure for a hangover was simply more alcohol.

Stay Hydrated: It might be a little late for this, but the best way to avoid a hangover is to drink water. One friend I know suggests a glass of water for every two drinks. The water will keep you hydrated and on pace, so you don't get ahead of yourself. The morning after, water will help flush your system and rehydrate your head.

Drink a Sports Drink: Like the suggestion above, this will rehydrate you, but sports drinks often contain a number of vitamins and minerals your body did away with while your were throwing them back last night.

Eat a Greasy Breakfast: There is no reason known to man apparently for why a greasy breakfast will make your feel better after a night of drinking. Personally, if I wake with a hangover, food is often the last thing on my mind. For that reason, I suggest eating before you go to sleep—many might disagree with this approach though. Still, many drinkers swear by this cure.

However, a sensible breakfast might actually be the best thing for you—especially foods that are high in potassium and vitamin B like bananas and cereal and eggs.

Take a Vitamin: Time Magazine suggests taking your vitamins after a hangover—especially vitamins B and C. That means you'll need to head to the store, because you want the powerful ones, not one of your kid's Flintstones chewables.

Matt's Bloody Mary Recipe

You'll Need:

  • 3 oz of tomato juice (or V8)
  • 1.5 oz of vodka (go for the good stuff)
  • .5 oz of lemon or lime juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash of bitters
  • 3 shakes of Louisiana hot sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 dill pickle
  • 2 green olives
  • 1 stalk of celery (or a Slim Jim if you can stomach something like that after a night like last night). 

Directions: Combine all ingredients and pour in a tall glass over ice cubes. Add celery stalk, olives and pickle last. Enjoy.


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