We’ve all been there: the morning after too much too-muchery. Whatever the reason for the excess consumption, the haze and the hangover are real. Very real. Like call-the-doctor real. Who better to ask for a serious hair of the dog remedy than a handful of professional drinkers—who also happened to be damn good bartenders? These 10 cures are the help for what ails you. Naps not included.
Remedy: Electric Current Fizz
The Helper: John Ploeser of Lantern’s Keep, New York City
The Fix: “Whenever I’ve had a rough night I like to chug a few raw eggs in the morning; they’re rich in protein and Vitamin B,” says Ploeser. “When I need a little hair of the dog, I like to have an Electric Current Fizz, originally from George J. Kappeler’s Modern American Drinks. It’s essentially a Gin Fizz (London dry gin, lemon juice sugar, white of one egg and seltzer) served with the yolk on the side with salt, pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire. It’s best enjoyed if you shoot the egg and chase it with the Fizz.”
Electric Current Fizz
- 2 oz London dry Gin
- .75 oz Lemon juice
- .75 oz Simple syrup
- 1 Egg white (save the yolk)
- Salt and pepper
- Hot sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
Combine all ingredients except the egg yolk into a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice. Add ice, shake again and strain into 10-ounce glass. Top with seltzer.
Place egg yolk in small cordial glass and dress with a pinch of salt and pepper, a dash of hot sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Remedy: Kevin’s Michelada
The Helper: Kevin Diedrich of BDK, San Francisco
The Fix: When faced with a nasty hangover, Diedrich mixes up his version of a Michelada, made with mezcal, Bloody Mary mix and Tecate beer. He favors Del Maguey mezcal and Preservation Bloody Mary mix, made by a local bartender from Sacramento.
Remedy: Recharge Cure
The Helper: Erol Moralar of Le Fumoir, Istanbul
The Fix: Should you ever find yourself hungover in Turkey, head straight to Ciragan Palace and Moralar will whip you up a cure-all made with lemon juice, horseradish, steamed asparagus, fresh ginger juice, carrot, tomato and parsley juices and salt and pepper. It has a hefty price tag of 50 U.S. dollars. But he swears it works.
Remedy: Coconut Crush
The Helper: Juan Sevilla of Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles
The Fix: Hydration is key, says Romer of Panache Beverage, Inc., who recommends a cure of coconut water, lemon juice, Wódka Vodka, aloe, açaí and agave with a mint garnish. “With the aloe and coconut water, you replenish electrolytes you may have lost from the night before, giving extra energy to get you through the day.”
Remedy: Supashina Biru
The Helper: Jennifer Delgrande of Ivan Ramen, New York City
The Fix: Jennifer recommends a Japanese version of a Michelada, made with sambal, yuzu, Ivan Ramen’s bull dog sauce, Japanese sea salt and Sapporo. Combine that and a bowl of ramen, and a hangover should be a distant memory.
Remedy: Proper Panacea
The Helper: Matt Ragan of Victor Tangos, Dallas
The Fix: According to Ragan, Europeans have used aperitifs and digestifs for centuries to calm the stomach and speed the metabolism. Ragan says that a headache is just a side effect of the body going through alcohol withdrawal, so the next morning people only need to drink enough to stop the withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, he developed a low-proof cocktail to do just that and to also calm an upset stomach.
- .5 oz Ginger tisane
- 2 oz Gran Classico bitters
- .5 oz Campari
- 2 dashes Underberg bitters
- 1 oz Lime juice
- .5 oz Simple syrup
- Pinch of Fresh mint
- Club soda
To make the ginger tisane: Combine three parts water with one part sugar in a pot. Add a few heaping tablespoons of grated ginger and heat just until sugar dissolves. Strain and chill.
Add ginger tisane and all other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Double strain the drink into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with crushed ice, a splash of club soda, a dash of Campari and a sprig of mint.
Remedy: Agave Fizz
The Helper: Walt Easterbrook of The Bowery Hotel, New York City
The Fix: Beverage director Easterbrook says this drink is boozy, but goes down very easy—a quick way to wake up and settle the stomach.
- .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
- .25 Agave nectar
- 1 Egg white (provides much-needed protein)
- 4-5 Mint sprigs
- 2 oz Tequila
- 3 oz Ginger beer (helps with nausea)
- 5 dashes Angostura bitters (settles the stomach)
Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake. Strain into a glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and bitters.
Remedy: Reviver Smoothie
The Helper: Chris Amirault of Idle Hour and Harlowe, Los Angeles
The Fix: Bartender Amirault explains that the antioxidants, magnesium and potassium in bananas are great for fighting hangovers, curing a bothered stomach and help build up blood sugar when combined with honey. The fructose in the honey helps the body metabolize alcohol faster, and the gin in his remedy, he says, is for gin purposes.
- 1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
- .75 oz Lemon juice
- .5 oz Honey
- 1 Banana
- 3-4 scoops Crushed ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Remedy: Wolfsbane Cocktail
The Helper: Jared Chafin of Indaco, Charleston, South Carolina
The Fix: Made with dry gin, Sibona Amaro, Luxardo, fresh lemon, egg white and grapefruit bitters, Chafin makes a panacea “boozy enough to kick any headache.” He says that the amaro settles the belly, and is refreshing enough for the morning. It uses an egg white not only for “the lovely foam but for the protein as well.”
Remedy: Tom Walker’s Hair of the Dog
The Helper: Tom Walker of Attaboy, New York City
The Fix: “I bought a juicer last year when I started traveling a bunch to try and put some nutrients and vitamins into my diet,” says Walker. Said juicer turned into a way to cure what ails him too.
Hair of the Dog
- Handful of Kale
- Handful of Spinach
- Couple slices of Beet
- 2 Oranges
- 4 Carrots
- 1 Lemon
- .5 Garlic bulb
- 1 Chili
- 2 oz Boodles Gin
Juice all vegetables together and add honey to sweeten. In a shaker, add Boodles Gin, juice, more honey (if necessary) and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass.