Like the New Year's Day hangover, Super Bowl hangover, and Mardi Gras hangover before it, the post-St. Patrick's Day hangover is usually one for the books. But what if we told you that you can drink all the green beer you want and still function tomorrow at work? To do so, we asked four Bay Area drink experts to share their fool-proof hangover cures. Cheers!
The Cure-All Chai
From Nalini Mehta, Ayurvedic chef at routetoindia.com
“The spices in this chai awaken your spirit, uplift your mood, and rev up the digestive system. Be ready to eliminate all the waste and toxins from your system after this! Plus, it will make your house smell amazing while you cook it."
(Makes 2 cups)
1 to 2 inches of ginger, diced
2 whole cloves
2 whole black pepper
6 pods of green cardamom
3 cups of water
1. Crush coarsely all spices in a mortar pestle or in a spice blender.
2. Bring all ingredients to a boil, then let it simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes (or until it's reduced to about 2 cups or 2/3 the original amount).
3. Add 2 black tea bags (or herbal teas).
4. Simmer again for about 5 minutes.
5. Add milk or milk substitute (up to 1/2 cup), return to boil.
*Optional step: (skip if you are using herbal teas) Turn heat off but let tea brew for another 2 minutes.
6. Add a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and a tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil to the tea cup.
7. Pour chai and whisk until the honey, turmeric powder, and coconut oil are all blended.
8. Sprinkle some cinnamon and drink hot.
The Dios Pryos is a tasty mix of winter flavors and bright persimmons. (photo via Pabu)
The Dios Pryos
From Kaitlin Ryan, PABU bartender
"A blissful way to kick the hangover and celebrate the New Year, this cocktail is a simple balance between warm winter flavors and bright, new beginnings. It also contains persimmon, which is a traditional food of the Japanese New Year."
3/4 oz light rum
3/4 oz dark rum
3/4 oz persimmon syrup
3/4 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz dry sparkling wine
1. In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients except sparkling wine.
2. Add ice and shake until cold.
3. Double strain into a cocktail glass.
4. Top with the sparkling wine and garnish with a persimmon chip.
From Juice Shop
“The Liver Aid supports and fortifies healthy liver functions. The milk thistle, and in particular silymarin, a potent antioxidant, provide a rich supply of medicinal properties to regenerate liver cells damages by alcohol, drugs and eliminating toxins."
1. Place everything into a juicer
2. Blend well.
The Cambric Tea
“One of the best remedies is to wake up in the middle of the night and drink water. But, if you want to sleep in, this tea can calm the headache and stomach ache.”
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of milk (oat milk)
1 teaspoon of sugar
A drop of vanilla
1. In a saucepan, bring water and milk to boil.
2. Pour in a cup and add sugar and a drop of vanilla.
3. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.