Forget the Walk of Shame. From now on you may refer to it as the Stride of Pride. 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 an electrolyte-packed cocktail that you could sip all day long.
THE SPECIALIST: Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director of Seamstress bar in New York City’s Upper East Side
HER ELIXIR: Stride of Pride
IT’S ORIGINS: Lillet is a French aperitif wine that comes in three varieties: Blanc (white), Rosé (pink) and Rouge (red). All three are fortified with quinine, a Peruvian tree bark, and contain 85 percent Bordeaux wine and 15 percent natural liqueurs that are made on-site from bitter orange peels and sweet berries. The blush-tinted Rosé style is derived from the Sémillon grape and is usually drank straight, chilled, like traditional rosé.
ITS HEALING POWERS: Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director and bar mistress of Seamstress on New York City’s Upper East Side, doesn’t tend to reach for a shot of whiskey when she wakes up hurting. “Drinking in the morning usually just delays the hangover,” she says. “I am more of a three liquid Advils, coconut water, banana, piece of toast, extra hour of sleep and a yoga session gal.”
But when she does need to rinse her brain in the morning—to get what she calls a “shampoo effect”—she goes with the light and low-alcohol Stride of Pride: Lillet Rosé, Campari, coconut water, honey, lemon juice and soda water. “The low proof will help ease the headache a bit,” she says. “It’s a refreshing drink, with vitamins from the coconut water and honey, a little acidity from the Campari and effervescence from the soda water.”
PLAYBOY READERS TAKE NOTE: At Seamstress the bartender’s choice cocktail works backwards: You don’t tell the bartender what ingredients you like; she makes you whatever cocktail it is that she’s been perfecting. And for Wiznitzer, a.k.a. “Momma Bear,” it’s the Stride of Pride. Don’t you feel special?
STRIDE OF PRIDE
- 1 ½ oz. Lillet Rosé
- ½ oz. Campari
- 1 oz. coconut water
- ½ oz. honey water (see below)
- ¾ oz. lemon juice
- Soda water
Make honey water: Empty half of the honey out of a honey bear. Refill the half-empty honey bear with warm water. Shake. Make the drink: Add all ingredients, plus ice, to a cocktail tin. Shake. Pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water.
Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep