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Since many of you probably lived it up over the holiday weekend with friends, family and new friends, it’s the ideal time to have a few protein-laden, vitamin C-filled day-after drinks ready in case you over indulged and need to take a little of the edge off. Not that I’m proposing you drink away a day, of course, just that the below are handy hangover remedies if you feel absolutely awful.
Bloody Mary: The classic remedy, this brings aid in the form of vitamin C from the tomato juice, as well as the spices that give the drink its kick. The following recipe, from Good Spirits, isn’t the all-time spiciest, so if you need more kick, just up the heat.
3 ounces vodka (Seattle Distilling Company Rocket vodka is a good choice)
4 ounces tomato juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 dash Louisiana-style hot sauce (Red Hot works well)
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Celery stalk, or pickle, or pickled green bean for garnish
1. Fill a pint glass three quarters up with ice cubes. Add the vodka, juices, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and spices. Stir well.
2. Garnish with a celery stick, or pickle, or (my favorite) a pickled green bean.
Morning Glory Fizz: This packs somewhat of a wallop, but can be a crucial aid for a number of reasons. First, it’s bubbly, which can help the digestion. Second, it has egg in it, for protein. Third, it has Scotch in it, which makes any day better. This recipe is from Dark Spirits:
1-1/2 ounce Scotch
1 ounce Pacifique absinthe
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup
1 egg white
Chilled club soda
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the remaining ingredients except for the club soda. Shake exceptionally well (I know it’s morning, but rise to the occasion).
2. Fill a highball glass halfway full with ice cubes. Strain the morning mixture into the glass. Top with club soda, stir well, and watch the morning come into focus.
The Drunkard’s Breakfast: This is from a favorite book, Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies Companion, published in 1941. In it, he says of this drink, “Here’s where you dunk your doughnuts.” It’s a funny book.
1 ounce Kirsch
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
3 ounces cold coffee
1 egg white
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add everything. Shake very well.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass or a wine glass (depending on the size of your cocktail glass).
The London Fog: This one’s only if you need to cut through a seriously hazy morning. It’s from another old favorite, the Stork Club Bar Book, written by 1900s imbiber Lucius Beebe, who suggests it for the morning after. He also says it was actor Burgess Meredith’s top hangover remedy.
2 ounces gin (this would be nice with Sun Liquor Gun Club gin)
1/2 ounce Pernod
1. Add about a cup of cracked ice to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Add the gin and Pernod.
2. Stir well (so well that it seems you’re frappe-ing the mix). Pour everything into an Old Fashioned glass. Drink quickly, before the body realizes what’s going on.