Food & Drink

4 cocktails made from hangover cures

hungover mixologist
Andy Kryza

Everybody's got their go-to hangover cure, whether it's coconut water, greasy diner food, or just watching She's The Man on repeat while weeping. And a little hair of the dog always does the trick! Actually, dietitians argue that you're setting yourself up for a compound hangover by drinking your morning-after breakfast.

We suggest you ignore the dietitians and combine booze with your favorite hangover-busting cures, just like in these kick-ass cocktails. We tasked Dave Shenaut -- former Oregon Bartenders Guild president and current bar director at Raven & Rose -- with doing just that. Behold, a boozy breakfast in a glass, Gatorade Pimm's, and other miracles of medical bartending.

Watermelon Pimm's Cup
Andy Kryza

Replenish lost electrolytes while feeling particularly British with this Michael Jordan-approved (Ed note: Michael Jordan did not approve this) take on a classic.
 

Watermelon Pimm's Cup

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 ounces Pimm's
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 4-5 Watermelon Gatorade ice cubes
  • Ginger ale
DIRECTIONS:
  • Throw Pimm's (go ahead, call it "pimp's"), lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker of ice, then double-strain it into a highball glass full of Gatorade ice cubes.
  • Fill the rest with ginger ale.
  • Dave recommends garnishing it with another ice cube, plus a little spice (he used a cucumber/chili flag, which we're sure you have lying around).
Black Car Flip
Andy Kryza

Hitting some of the essentials of an after-drinking breakfast -- minus the grease and waiting in line with a bunch of hipsters -- this bad boy's got protein, sugar, and beer. Basically the cornerstones of any first meal.
 

Black Car Flip

INGREDIENTS:
  • 3/4 ounce brandy
  • 3/4 ounce 151-proof rum
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce amaretto
  • 1 egg
  • Chocolate stout
DIRECTIONS:
  • Dump the brandy, 151, simple, amaretto, and a whole egg (no shell, dumbass) into a shaker of ice and jostle it for a while, so it disperses and thickens.
  • Then double-strain it over ice, and hit the top with a nice chocolate stout like Sammy Smith.
  • If you're a breakfast completist, it pairs exceptionally well with bacon, so maybe do that too.
Ludwig's Folly
Andy Kryza

Named for a legendary Portland bartender and not a crazed Bavarian monarch, this sucker offers a tropical take on electrolyte replenishment and hydration... plus a little Caribbean flavor. It'll start as a stiff and tasty drink before mellowing and inspiring you to put on some Lee Scratch Perry. 
 

Ludwig's Folly

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 ounces Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross recommended)
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 coconut water ice cubes
DIRECTIONS:
  • Basically, just throw everything in a glass and stir it.
  • Then stir it every time you take a sip, allowing the coconut water to infiltrate it and transform its flavor.
Sloe Drip
Andy Kryza

Face it: unless you live with a nurse or work in a hospital, your chances of getting a hangover-busting IV drip are small. But the Sloe Drip makes up for it, because few hospitals serve absinthe.
 

The Sloe Drip

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 ounce sloe gin
  • 1/2 ounce absinthe
  • 1 tablet of Alka-Seltzer Gold
DIRECTIONS:
  • Put your sloe gin and absinthe in a glass, then slowly drip cold water over an Alka-Seltzer atop an absinthe spoon (usually used for sugar) and let it drain into the booze.
  • Don't have a fancy, slow-dripping cold water dealy? Plebeian. But hey, you can always just toss an Alka-Seltzer in a little ice water, pour it in, and drink up.