Last night is a haze and this morning is a fog. Luckily, 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 have an eye toward Eastern medicine to treat the aftereffects of a rough night.
Michael Getter, chef and owner of Dune in Nantucket, Mass.
Ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia. The mystical herb was believed to treat everything from upset stomachs to arthritis and its healing powers only spread in notoriety during the Spice Trade. In addition to becoming a spicy cooking staple around the world, ginger was incorporated into medicinal elixirs in Asia, Europe, West Africa and the Caribbean. Modern Western studies have proven what the Chinese knew all along: Ginger releases chemicals that alleviate nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, dizziness and loss of appetite.
ITS HEALING POWERS:
Michael Getter, of Nantucket’s Dune, makes a morning cocktail with a double dose of stomach-soothing ginger. His light and bubbly Leash Law includes ginger liqueur, ginger ale, vodka, passion fruit puree, lime juice, blackberries and mint.
“It’s a good combination of fresh flavors,” he says. “And it at least has the appearance of being healthy.”
In addition to the ginger’s mending properties, the passion fruit and blackberries are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants. And a shot of neutral vodka—such as Nantucket’s homegrown Lucky Dog—takes the edge off. Getter, a lifelong surfer, says the best place to sip a Leash Law is outside on a patio with a good bar.
“You need to get in some fresh air,” he says. “It gets your head in the right direction so you can tackle the rest of the day.”
GETTER’S FOOLPROOF PLAN FOR AVOIDING A HANGOVER:
Muddle mint and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice, vodka, ginger liqueur, passion fruit and blackberries. Top with ginger ale. Pour ingredients back and forth with a second glass until combined. Garnish with mint leaf and more berries, or a lime wedge.
Alyson Sheppard is a contributing editor at Playboy Digital. Her work has appeared in Maxim, Popular Mechanics, Mental Floss, McSweeney’s, National Geographic Adventure, and more. Follow her on Twitter @amshep.