It's the great equalizer, really. The morning hours don't care whether you started last night with a Manhattan or a martini, a tequila shot or a g&t -- they're brutal all the same. But there's good news: For as long as there have been hangovers, people have been developing hangover cures.
The supposed solutions range from the odd (rubbing lemons under one's armpits before imbibing) to the fowl (ancient Romans supposedly spent the mornings-after snacking on fried canaries), and hit everything in between (tripe soup, a good sweat). We're sticking to the stuff you can drink; here's our 7 sippers that aim to get you back on your feet.
1.) Fernet Branca
This powerful Italian bitter is a blend of 40 aromatic herbs and spices, and has long been valued for its curative properties. You can do it as a shot, or sip it slowly; if it's a cocktail you're after, the 1950s version of the Corpse Reviver adds 1/2 oz Fernet to 1 1/2 oz brandy and 1 oz white creme de menthe. Chef Fergus Henderson has a similar Fernet-and-Menthe concoction he calls "The Miracle," for its ability to undo the pain of overindulgence.
2.) Pickle Juice
Several countries (Russsia and Poland chief among them) place pickle juice near the top of the list of hangover solutions. The salty brine has been shown to replenish electrolytes and reduce cramps in athletes.
3.) Prairie Oyster
Hey, it worked for James Bond in Thunderball. Just watch out for that raw egg.
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco
salt and pepper
Crack the egg in a glass, leaving the yolk intact. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Consume in one quick gulp.
4.) Bloody Mary
A bit of the hair of the dog -- and you truly can substitute whatever liquor it was that "bit" you -- along with all the nutrient-rich ingredients you can cram into your glass. If you have a crowd of hungover friends to help out, try building your own bloody mary bar.
The go-to hangover solution of the Netherlands, a little beer the next morning not only helps to rehydrate the body, it also does what beer does best: Takes the edge off.
6.) Harry's Pick-Me-Up
Another classic "energizer" from The Savoy Cocktail Book.
1 1/2 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Grenadine
1 oz Fresh lemon juice
Pour mixture into a highball glass or goblet, top with Champagne.
7.) The Suffering Bastard
Bartender Joe Scialom created this aptly-named hangover-buster at the Shepherd's Hotel in Cairo. Even if it doesn't numb you to the effects of your malady, it at least knows where you're coming from.
1 oz Gin
1 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Rose's Lime Juice Cordial
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
4 oz Ginger beer (chilled)
Shake everything, except ginger beer, with ice. Stir in ginger beer and pour into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange slice and sprig of mint.