How to Drink on New Year's to Avoid a Hangover


Ah New Year's Day, a time for resolutions, bowl games and... hangovers. For those who want to feel on top of the world on 1/1/11, try these drink recipes from the Trader Vic's Bartenders Guide to keep a slow buzz going all night.


The San Francisco
Adapted from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide, Revised

.75 oz The Bitter Truth Sloeberry Gin
.75 oz Italian vermouth
.75 oz French vermouth
1 dash The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters
1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Shake ingredients with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Franche-Comté Cooler
by Josey Packard of Drink, Boston, MA

1 oz. Bols Genever
.5 oz. St-Germain
.5 oz. fresh lemon
.25 oz. simple syrup
Build over ice in a highball glass. Top with soda water.

Fill an original tulip glass so full with Bols you couldn’t pick it up without spilling. Clasp hands behind your back and lean forward to sip until the meniscus is gone. Pick up the glass and shoot. Follow with a beer back. And water.

We've also got hangover remedies to tame the beast if it does catch up with you the next morning:

Darren Crawford of Bourbon & Branch takes amino-acid supplements before a night of drinking, then brings himself back to life in the morning with B vitamins and coconut water (high in potassium to regulate your fluids) or bananas: “Then start drinking again cause you feel good and like the abuse.”

Zach Morvant of Tortilla Heights also looks to hot sauce for a cure, showering  his scrambled eggs and fried potatoes in Sriracha, and washing it all down with coconut juice and coffee.

Back in the hard-drinking times of the pre-Prohibition days, fizzy drinks were the surest way to say adios to a hangover. For a little hair of the dog, if you must, try one of these recipes:

Dawn’s Blush
by Adam Connito of Toro, Boston, MA

1 oz. Bols Genever
1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. Agave nectar
1 oz. lemon juice
1 egg white
Brut cava
Shake Bols Genever, Aperol, agave nectar, lemon juice, and egg white vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with cava.

Silver Fizz

1½ oz. Bols Genever
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
Top Soda Water
Shake gin, lemon juice, sugar and egg white vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake again. Strain shaker into an ice filled glass and top with club soda.

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