Hair of the Dog

The Morning After

After a hard night of partying, its often recommended to take “the hair of the dog that bit you.” The idea seems to stem from an old folk remedy in Scotland that advises to take “a few hairs of the dog that bit you” in order to prevent any evil consequences. Applied to drinking: if you’re suffering from a particularly nasty hangover, just have another drink! While this may sound appealing to some, there are a number of conflicting opinions as to which drink would be the best remedy. We’ve listed a few for you to browse before making your own decision!

Bloody Mary:

It’s a hangover cure, and a nutritious breakfast! What more could you ask for? This classic drink primarily consists of tomato juice and vodka, although Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire are common ingredients as well. Celery salt, black pepper, and paprika are added for flavor to balance out the drink. Tomato juice and celery are full of vitamins that were lost during your night of binging.


A slightly simpler recipe, the mimosa is simply sparkling wine, or champagne if you can afford it, and orange juice. Most recipes call for an equal amount of each, although there is always the option to add an orange liqueur such as Gran Marnier and triple sec. Orange juice, much like the tomato juice for the Bloody Mary, contains plenty of sugar and vitamins to get you up and ready for the day!

Brandy and Coffee:

Another simple recipe, much more highly advised than the popular Red Bull and Vodka. Many people recommend coffee alone to cure a hangover, but if you need a little pick-me-up, a dash of brandy can’t hurt! If you want to pass on the brandy, you can add a splash of Bailey’s to make an Irish Coffee. Not nearly as potent, but it does the trick.

Corpse Reviver:

This drink has somewhat lost its popularity since its origin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but the name alone makes us want to give it a shot! There are two distinct cocktails within the Corpse Reviver family, which are simply numbered #1 and #2. The first is made with Cognac, apple brandy, and Vermouth. The second, however, is a much more complex drink. Made with gin, Cointeau, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and just a “dash” of absinthe. It seems to us that only the most sophisticated of drinkers will possess these ingredients regularly, but it’s quite the well-recommended cocktail.

While these sound like a wonderful excuse to indulge the morning after drinking, there is little concrete¬†evidence that having another cocktail will cure your hangover. Little real scientific work has been done in this field, as it seems most doctors simply recommend drinking less and avoiding the hangover all together. Dr. Andrew Yacht, director of general medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City, even goes so far as to say, “”The worst thing you can do is drink more alcohol. It doesn’t help and it’s only enhancing the existing toxicity and making dehydration worse.”

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