When it comes to curing a hangover, there is no better expert than the person who gave it to you: your bartender. Considering the late hours they keep and their imbibing habits, it’s no wonder that many bartenders have devised effective (if occasionally masochistic) remedies for hangovers. Learn from these medicine men and women and beat your morning-after malady like a professional with these bartender-approved cures.
Pickled Okra and Vodka
Laura Bellucci, SoBou
New Orleans, LA
“When I used to work at a bar where we drank a lot during our shifts and stayed open very very late, we would brew some pretty brutal hangovers come opening. We used to make this drink called The Vinegar Terrible, with equal parts Bloody Mary mix, pickled okra juice, and vodka over crushed ice to get ourselves back in the game. It looked disgusting, but it always got the job done. My go to cure for hangovers these days (in The French Quarter) is always a banana and a frozen Irish Coffee
, but I will often mix together apple cider vinegar, hot water, and lemon at home to settle my stomach.”
Angostura Bitters and LaCroix
Chase Bracamontes, The Publican
"Get a can of LaCroix, any flavor will do. Then put about 50 dashes of Angostura bitters in it. They're pretty alcoholic so you can continue drinking while keeping up with social appearances. Immediately follow with a patty melt."
The Let It Bleed
Melissa Pinkerton, The Betty
"My hangover cure is a cocktail that is a play on a well-known cure for an upset stomach: the Let It Bleed."
To make the Let It Bleed, combine 0.3 oz Angostura bitters, 0.75 oz lime juice, and two pinches of kosher salt in a Collins glass. Fill with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a greasy hamburger.
A Liquid Ferrari
"Based on a belief in the medicinal quality of herbs, my go-to hangover cure for the truly rough mornings is a simple concoction known as a Ferrari. Equal parts Fernet-Branca and Campari, served neat at room temp—because who wants to exert much effort with a wicked headache and a sensitivity to light?"
Mexico’s National Cocktail
Peter Vestinos, AceBounce
with fresh grapefruit juice is the best cure. The alcohol will stop the withdrawal, you'll get some vitamins from the citrus, and the salt, along with the sugar from the juice, will replenish electrolytes.”