You can’t undo the damage you did last night, but you can try to recover. As a public service to the hungover, every week we track down the best bartenders in America and ask them to share their favorite hair-of-the-dog remedies. This week we’ve got a cocktail that checks all of the hair-of-the-dog boxes: bubbles, citrus, bitters and booze.
THE SPECIALIST: Anthony Bohlinger, head bartender at Chefs Club by Food & Wine in New York City
HIS ELIXIR: TOMORROW MORNING
ITS ORIGINS: Hangover cures have been around for millennia and they vary wildly around the world. According to Thomas Mario, author of the great Playboy’s Host & Bar Book (1971), the ancient Egyptians ate boiled cabbage. Members of an indigenous community in South America wrapped themselves in hammocks. But in many other places—including the U.S.—the unwell choose to drink even more alcohol to cure their hangovers, preferably the same alcohol that got them messed up the night before. “The effect of a small amount of liquor, especially if combined with citrus juice or tomato juice, seems in many cases to have an extremely salutary effect,” Mario writes. We call this drinking a “hair of the dog,” which comes from the old Scottish belief that if you got bit by a dog, you could prevent infection by putting some of the dog’s hair into the wound.
ITS HEALING POWERS: Anthony Bohlinger, head bartender at Chefs Club, doesn’t agree with our hangover curing methods. “Hair of the dog is just a myth,” he says. “There’s no cure for a hangover really except time.” But while you’re waiting, you may as well have a cocktail. Bohlinger recommends his variation of a Tom Collins (traditionally made of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and carbonated water): gin, lime juice, sweet Green Chartreuse and sparkling coconut water. “Coconut water will rehydrate you and gin will help you get back in your body,” he says. “Green Chartreuse has a really herbal flavor. It clears my sinuses out. Helps me clear my head.”
MORE WORDS OF WISDOM FROM PLAYBOY’S HOST & BAR BOOK: “Naturally, the danger of taking a swig of liquor the morning after is that the stimulus and relief it brings may provide just enough narcosis to set you right back on the rocky road to ruin.”
- 2 oz. Aviation gin
- 2 oz. LaCroix sparkling coconut water
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- ¼ oz. Green Chartreuse
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep