This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and I’ve seen endless Facebook and Twitter updates from people planning all sorts of celebrations. I’m not a big drinker (I don’t really drink at all), but I’m always intrigued by the various shades of green beer floating around St. Patrick’s Day parties. What do they use to turn it green? Is it natural? Does it taste good? I’ll probably never know the answers to these questions because I don’t think I’ll be trying any, but I do know that some of my friends will. So in honor of the tough Monday mornings they possibly have ahead of them, we thought it would be fun to round up some hangover cures. Whether you’re indulging in a few green beers or just want tips for another time, there are some really interesting ideas here. From Johnny Battles’ cantaloupe and ginger ale concoction to Nina Zilka’s “plate of bacon” theory, there are plenty of techniques to try, should you need them. Here’s hoping everyone has a safe and happy holiday and, if you’re drinking, please be sure to do so responsibly and have a designated driver. xo, grace
*These ideas are not intended as medical advice but are personal suggestions from the individuals listed.
Max: “Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! After a night of heavy drinking, be sure to drink a big ol’ bottle of water before you go to bed. Like, one of those monster-sized ones. Several glasses of water will do, too.”
Grace: “I’m the resident teetotaler, and I’ve only overdone it once or twice in my life. But each time I was greatly helped by giant containers of coconut water and/or water with an Emergen-C packet.”
Amy: “I try to think prevention. Drinking water while drinking alcohol does wonders, but for those times that prevention goes out the window, I take Advil, drink coconut water and eat a larger breakfast than normal (since I live next door to a bagel shop, this usually means a bagel and cream cheese). Then I just wait it out. Staying in bed helps.”
15 more hangover cures after the jump . . .
Johnny Battles, Sweeteeth Chocolate: “Half a cantaloupe washed down with a ginger ale and OJ mixer!”
Sarah Brysk Cohen, Blossom & Branch: “Huevos rancheros with lots of hot sauce.”
Lauren Festine, Senior Interactive Designer at Anthropologie: “The best thing you can do is not mix your colors. Clear, yellow, or brown — stick to one. But if you must mix, or forget, then eat plain carbs before bed. Leave the fried stuff to the AM. Nothing does magic like plain whole-wheat toast or pita before hitting the sheets. Too much effort? Try Mercy drink elixir.
David J. Krause, co-founder of Alder New York: “My hangover cure is to totally pig out! Eat pizza and drink soda to your heart’s content! It’s the only thing that makes me feel better. Until I get on a scale!”"
Nina Zilka, co-founder of Alder New York: “100% a Bloody Mary and a big plate of bacon. Meat and alcohol and then the longest nap possible.”
Connor Lesniak, Graphic Designer: “My hangovers are at least partly cured by fried potatoes and breakfast foods. I kid you not when I say that homefries, French fries, tater tots or those fritter hashbrowns from a certain fast-food establishment will do the trick! But give me a baked potato, and not a bit of difference will be made . . . ”
Daniel Wiggins, Graphic Designer: “My hangover cure is the Eggs Benedict and the Jalapeño Cheese Grits from the Smith and an ice cold Coke (from a can). Nothing brings me back to life after a night out than that!”
Julie Mollo, Fashion Designer: “After a long night, I stumble up the 50 stairs to my apartment, drink a glass of water and eat a big bowl of popcorn. I drop my party dress and pumps at my front door, crawl into my bed and sleep. In the morning, if I don’t feel 100%, I call Bergen Bagels for the ultimate sandwich (veggie burger on a toasted whole-wheat everything bagel with lettuce, onion & sundried tomato cream cheese). You can always power through a design day after that!”
Logan Hendrickson, Furniture Designer at One Forty Three: “I try really hard to avoid getting a hangover at all because the worst one I had was EPIC (“never forget”), and I usually work every weekend. But what I do is I just usually stick with beer all night or at least end with beer and try and drink as much water as I can afterwards. If however, I’m not feeling so great in the morning a breakfast of spam, rice and eggs from a local Hawaiian restaurant seems to be a good hangover remedy for me.”
Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul: “My best hangover cure is greasy fast food like McD. Don’t know why but I swear I feel much better after a burger, shake and some fries. Beats drinking raw eggs and stuff, right?”
Ashley English: “Nux Vomica (it’s a homeopathic remedy that works like a charm on hangovers) and V-8 or tomato juice, which replaces electrolytes and minerals lost when consuming alcohol.”
Sara Jensen, Designer: “Having two five year olds is a cure. But a greasy burger or breakfast burrito cures all hangovers.”
Ashley Goldberg, Designer (and former bar tender): “Mine isn’t quite a cure as much as it is the preemptive route. It’s drink a big glass of water and take ibuprofen right before bed. Don’t trust drunk you to remember to do it? Before going out for the night put the h2o and ibuprofen your night stand.”
Tammy from Banquet Atelier: ” think the cure I’ve used most successfully is one you must start while still drinking! Before bed take 2 extra strength Advils with a huge glass of water. If you wake up and still feel disgusting go to the nearest Szechuan or Dim Sum restaurant immediately. You must have a coke while eating!”