There was once a day, back in my roaring 20’s (okay, I’m still in my 20’s…but they feel more like my 40’s sometimes), when I occasionally partook in some weekend libations. And on those occasional weekends, I would wake up with the occasional hangover.
Ok, ok, real talk: there are still days I wake up with hangovers. Aaaaaand it is usually the result of drinking one drink. One weak drink. Oh, the shame.
Anyway, there is almost nothing I hate more than a hangover. The nausea, the headache, the dehydration (do I really need to explain to you what a hangover is?) – it’s the pits. Over the years, I’ve discovered some of the best drinks to help ease the pain.
Soon after I graduated college, I took a trip to Turkey and Bulgaria (side note – some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life). While I was there, one of the most interesting and distinctly foreign things I tried was this yogurt drink called Ayran. It’s actually considered the national drink of Turkey! Ayran is a mixture of yogurt, water, and salt.
Listen – don’t knock it ’til you try it.
Found all over the Balkans and the Middle East, Ayran is sold everywhere – the first one I tried was at a rest stop off a highway in Bulgaria. In Turkey, it is considered to be the perfect summer drink, served super cold and perfect for quenching thirst, while also having some nutritional value as well. I came to learn on this trip that Ayran is also an AMAZING hangover cure. The yogurt helps to settle your stomach, while the salt helps to get more sodium back into your dehydrated system.
1 cup plain yogurt (I use Greek yogurt)
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
You can make it as thick or thin as you like, and you can whisk it by hand or put it in a blender to get it extra frothy.
#2 The Bloody Mary
Ah, the Bloody Mary. Forget the home remedies, the ginger ale, the cold shower – sometimes all you need is a good ole’ hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-ya cure.
(Did you know that it used to be called a “Red Hammer”? It’s hilariously fitting. Where “Bloody Mary” came from is unclear, but apparently there’s one theory that traces back to a waitress in Chicago named Mary who worked at a bar called The Bucket of Blood. I’m going with that one.)
Everyone has their own recipe, their favorite Bloody Mary mix, virgin or non-virgin. Fabio and I have both always loved Bloody Mary’s, and I’ve spent years making them and trying to come up with the best! Here’s my foolproof version:
2 cups tomato juice
4 ounces vodka
Juice of 1 lime
2-3 Tablespoons olive juice
3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3-4 dashes hot sauce (I like Valentina’s best)
salt and pepper to taste (a pinch of salt and a few cranks of pepper for me!)
Add all ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice, and mix well. Serve nice and cold, and garnish with celery stalk, olives, and lime wedges.
#3 Fabio’s Hangover Cure
Now, this drink may be so simple that is doesn’t merit a recipe post necessarily, but there is something so amazing about this drink. It’s just sparkling water, lime, and salt The first time Fabio made it for me I thought he had hit his head and was having some kind of delusional episode.
Just like the Ayran – don’t knock it til you try it!
I still can’t quite explain why it’s so good….but it is. And on those mornings when you are feeling less than chipper, with a headache and a nasty stomach, the bubbles and lime really work their magic.
One glass sparkling water (club soda, seltzer, what have you)
One large pinch of salt
Juice of one lime (save segments)
Instructions (just bear with me here):
Add the salt and lime segments to bottom of glass. Careful when you pour the water in! The salt will make the bubbles EXTRA bubbly and eager to flow over!