16 Ways to Beat a Hangover
By the editors of Garden & Gun
Photograph by Jack Thompson
While working on this issue’s definitive guide to drinking in the South, we sipped new cocktails, scoured the region for the best places to pull up a stool, and picked the brains of those leading the charge. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention the flip side of Dixie’s drink revival— the inevitable hangover. So to help keep those headaches at bay as you make your way through the February/March issue, we asked some of our contributors to recommend their go-to remedies (and threw in a few of our own). With cures that run the gamut from Carolina barbecue and cracklings to chocolate, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to find a little relief.
Bartender/Owner – Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency
Egg drop soup. Walk up and down stairs. Ibuprofen. Go back to sleep. I have a little crappy Chinese store around the corner. That’s it. Otherwise, I’m always stocked with Gatorade and ibuprofen.
Bartender/Owner – The Crunkleton
Chapel Hill, NC
A Mountain Dew and a Mr. Goodbar is my remedy. I also recommend staying hydrated while drinking.
Bartender – Cure, Bellocq, Cane & Table
New Orleans, LA
A bottle of Underberg Bitters does wonders. Or a good dose of Angostura bitters—an ounce—with some soda and a dash of lemon. Plus, a Company Burger.
The Thunder and Lightning cocktail from the Savoy Cocktail Book will usually set you straight, too.
Thunder and Lightning
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. powdered sugar
2 oz. brandy
Cayenne pepper, for garnish
Combine egg yolk, sugar, and brandy. Shake well, strain into a glass, and top with a dash of cayenne.
Photograph by Rush Jagoe
Bartender – The Ice Plant
St. Augustine, FL
My hangover cure is super simple: Fernet Branca. Just a shot of that by itself, or mixed in coffee, seems to do the trick.
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry
New Orleans, LA
If you can’t get out of bed, don’t. Remain inert until you pass out again. If you can manage the impossible journey from supine to upright, stumble to the nearest diner and eat a big breakfast with lots of coffee. My preferred remedy is the Oysters Rockefeller Omelet at The Old Coffeepot in the French Quarter.