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Bartenders Share The Most Ridiculous Hangover Cures They've Ever Witnessed

Bartenders Share The Most Ridiculous Hangover Cures They've Ever Witnessed
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Our friends over at Uproxx asked 13 bartenders what are the strangest hangover cures they've encountered, just in time for...well, your hangover. One cure is tripe. That's right, the stomach lining of a cow. 

According to Jim Ryan, founder of Third Eye Spirits, NYC, NY:

“I’ve heard a lot over the years of travel, but while traipsing the Turkish coast and on the morning after perhaps a few too many Efes tall boys combo-ed with ice cold local Raki, the innkeeper (who was the same guy as the bartender) at our mountainside hut in Butterfly Valley suggested tripe soup to ease the pain. Somehow, the thought of slurping the boiling hot bovine intestinal contents weighed well on my stomach.”

Pain relievers or aspirin. We've all tried it. Right?

According to Mikey Yoder, head bartender at Komodo, Miami, FL:

“Three Aleve and a bottle of water before you go to sleep, and a beer in the morning first thing after your eyes open. I had a friend who swore by this for years. I was skeptical because I was always under the impression that only time truly cures a hangover; however, I tried it once and realized there was truth in the method.”

But, if you're reading this...I guess you didn't take any pills last night.

Lemon. Although, this island cure doesn't require you to ingest it.

According to Caroline Blundell, manager of Plan Check in Santa Monica, CA: 

“I used to spend a lot of time in Puerto Rico, and their urban legend hangover remedy is rubbing lemon under your arms before you start drinking. Never seemed to work, and you don’t even end up smelling lemon fresh.”

P.S., don't look at this gif if you're hungover.

Water. Hydration makes sense. But, this one requires some gymnastics.

According to Jeremy Lake, bar manager at Rosaliné in L.A.:

“Drinking a cup of water upside down. …Wait, maybe that’s to get rid of the hiccups. Either way, drinking plenty of water is a sure-fire hangover remedy.”

B vitamins. Services will come and hook you up...to an IV! So, I'd get on Siri & hope there's not a long waiting list considering it's New Year's Day & National Hangover Day! 

Chris Kearns, bar director at Mr. Cannon in New York, N.Y.: 

“I’m truly fascinated by the B vitamin and electrolyte, in-home, IV drip services that seem to be getting more and more popular. It just seems like such a drastic and extreme way to treat your hangover. What ever happened to a breakfast sandwich and tons of Gatorade?”


Umm...if you need an IV and medical technician to cure your hangover maybe you have bigger problems. Ok. You get a pass for January 1st, 2018. 

Hamburgers. Greasy food does help, they're delicious! Beats an IV of Vitamin B.

According to Gregory Westcott, bar manager at Hinoki & the Bird in L.A.:

“I don’t think any hangover cure is strange if it works. My favorite is eating a greasy burger. Almost makes me want a hangover.”

Yeah, just head to your favorite burger joint...or, dare I say bar? 

Shellfish and eggs. Like the tripe remedy above, not for picky eaters. You probably have eggs...not sure if you can source shellfish this morning! Everything pretty much being closed. 

According to Josh Holliday, beverage director at 50 Eggs Inc., in Miami, FL:

“Shellfish Broth and a hard boiled egg… I’ve not tried this particular remedy but I assume it leaves the patient with fantastic breath.”

But, dude. I lived in Miami. Um. Why not a cafe cubano? I may just head to a local pho joint. Now that I live in Portland, that's easier to find than Cuban coffee! 

File under gross: horseradish and gatorade! No appropriate gif was found, so, here's Jimmy Fallon in drag. 

According to Cameron Dodge-White, lead bartender & GM at Little Dom’s in L.A.:

“I’ve seen and heard such a menagerie ranging from the pseudo-scientific to the bizarre. I know of a guy who swore by making black tea but swapping out water for Gatorade and adding horseradish. A good hangover cure is highly specialized to the sufferer – a mixture of magic and hope and electrolytes.”

We'll just take his word on that one. A greasy bacon & egg sandwich seems like is in my future.

Healthy living! Makes sense. But, who has time for that? Not Titus!

According to Pamela Wiznitzer, bartender at Kola House in New York:

“People have their “sure bet” hangover cures. There are so many wives’ tales about how to kick the headache, but what you truly need an ample amount of hydration, electrolytes, food and most of the time, additional sleep. I personally like to sweat it out in a hot yoga class, load up on coconut water and ensure that I get a lot of carbs and veggies in my stomach.”

Think I'll stick with tripe...which is in fact traditionally a food for New Year's Day. What's that you say? I'm Sicilian...we do strange things! 

Raw eggs. These normally go in fancy cocktails and of course, make delicious, greasy, post-drinking egg sandwiches. 

According to Sarah Mengoni, lead bartender at Double Take in L.A.:

“A whole raw egg straight out of the shell and down the throat… I love raw eggs in my cocktails, but come-on, without booze mixed in, that just grosses me out!”

In fact, my great-grandmother used to whisk a raw egg into coffee when her stomach was upset. What? I told you...I'm Sicilian. We do weird things with food!

Falafel. Delicious. And here's Zachary Quinto eating falafel...adorbs! But, I doubt he ever eats carbs. The world is already lying to you, and it's only January 1st of 2018! 

According to Jon Howard, head bartender at Henley in Nashville:

“The strangest hang over cure I have ever heard of is a co-worker was convinced that eating a falafel, with green tea after yoga was THE thing to do. I don’t get it.”I guess the combination of sweat from yoga, green tea which is an anti-oxidant, and water which hydrates, coupled with fried food does the trick." 

Old and new: coconut water and Alka-Seltzer. This makes sense. 

According to Morgan Zuch, Corporate Beverage Director at Datz in Tampa, FL:

“Coconut water mixed with some Alka-Seltzer. It sounds gross but it’s the best cure for the common hangover. It’s that last minute ‘morning after’ kind of cure. Also, charcoal pills to absorb the toxins before a night of drinking seems to be the latest trend in cures. I tried this one and I actually felt pretty normal the next morning.”

No...waking up to a bowl of shellfish broth sounds pretty gross. This makes sense! 

It kind of works sometimes. Which, I guess can be said for all the hangover cures on this list. 

According to Trevor Landry, Beverage Director of NL Group in Dallas, TX:

“Apple cider vinegar, activated charcoal power [sic], lemon, and water – it kind of works…sometimes.”

Does last summer's leftover grill charcoal count? Mmm...

Remember, hangover cures are part science and part myth.

Well, they're you have it folks! Happy New Year from your friends at Guacamoley! Remember, hangovers aren't fun. But what's really not fun is endangering yourselves or others driving under the influence. We hope all of you drank carefully and got home responsibly.

H/T: Uproxx