We’ve all been there, haven’t we? A head that feels as if thousands of meerkats are shifting from foot to foot in stilettos on your forehead. Temples that are being used as bongo drums in the percussion section of a large orchestra. A mouth that feels as if something small and hairy died in it overnight… and a thirst. A thirst so bad that it is as if you have spent the last 10 days in the desert. Well, here we go! Hangover cures for the day after! The most popular is probably a Bloody Mary, but I have given you its non-alcoholic little sister. Here are some other heavenly solutions!

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Stronger

Absinthe  is a highly alcoholic beverage of 45-74% proof. It is made from botanicals; the flowers and leaves of the grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), green anise and sweet fennel to name a few. It was viewed historically as a pretty good tonic for the stomach. It originated in Neuchatel, Switzerland in the 18th century and became very popular with Parisian writers and artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


  • 2 oz absinthe
  • 1 oz anisette syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • soda

Shake the ingredients violently with cracked ice. Strain into old fashioned glass. Splash in a little soda water to your taste/need!

The Morning After

images-6You may not know it but raspberries come from the genus, Rubus, which is part of the Rose family. Well, this cocktail will certainly give you a rosy glow after the night before! This may be due to the fact that raspberries are a rich source of Vitamin C and are high in dietary fibre.

  • 7 raspberries + raspberries to garnish
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Monin Gingerbread Syrup
  • third oz lime juice
  • third oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco

Muddle raspberries in base of shaker. Add all other ingredients with ice. Shake hard and strain into cocktail glass.Drop a couple of raspberries in the bottom of the glass. Zest orange peel over drink to garnish.

Tequila Immune Booster

Created by mixologist, Ross Meisel, at Cocktail Bodega. Bar owner, Matt Levine, claims this is the surest way to manage the most fearsome of hangovers. Tequila is distilled from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 kilometres (40 miles) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands of the western state of Jalisco, in Mexico.


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh carrot juice
  • 3 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 pieces root ginger
  • 1 tbsp vitamin C

Muddle ginger. add other ingredients. Shake with ice and strain into a glass.


The Eye Opener

images-5Created by Mixologist, Chess Lankford at Alobar. Espresso is made by forcing extremely  hot water under high pressure through very finely ground, compacted coffee. If the coffee is tamped down, it encourages the water’s even penetration of the grounds. This process produces a beverage that is syrupy, by extracting both solid and dissolved components.

  • 2 oz coffee infused bourbon
  • 1 oz Frangelico – hazlenut liqueur
  • 1 oz espresso

Make coffee bourbon by infusing half a cup of ground coffee in 750 ml bottle bourbon for at least 24 hours. Strain coffee grounds through cheesecloth/filter. Store for reuse. Combine all ingredients,shake well, serve over ice.


Virgin Mary

Anita-Clare’s own recipe,because, as most of us know, she has been perfecting this cocktail and it’s rather more adult alcoholic version, for some years now. Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the drink in 1921 while working at the New York Bar in Paris, later Harry’s New York Bar, a frequent hangout for American expatriates. But two other claims are plausible. The first is that it was invented in the 1930s at New York’s 21 Club by a bartender named Henry Zbikiewicz, who was charged with mixing Bloody Marys. A second claim attributes its invention to the comedian George Jessel, who was a frequent visitor to the same club.

Serves 4


  • 1 litre of premium tomato juice
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tbs of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs of Tabasco
  • 1 tsp freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated horseradish
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 4 long cucumber spears

Place all of the condiments and aromatics in the bottom of a heavy based jug and pour over the tomato juice. Stir until all the flavours have combined and pour over long glasses filled with ice. Place celery stick and cucumber spear in each glass and serve. If you fancy something a bit stronger then the addition of vodka will turn this delicious concoction into a fantastic Bloody Mary.

Hair of the Dog

67hair_of_the_dogThe old saying “hair of the dog that bit you” is a common means of curing a hangover. Most people choose a bloody or virgin Mary but the thick, red drink can be stomach churning to look at, let alone quaff when you have a hellacious hangover. The Hair of the Dog cocktail is a tremendous alternative: a little bit of alcohol, sour citrus and a hot digestive to calm the stomach. Unless you have Bloody Mary ingredients on hand, Hair of the Dog is easier to mix.

  • 6 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce

slice of chili pepper Pour the gin and Tabasco into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake generously. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a chili pepper. [Remember to wash your hands well with soap (especially before touching your eyes) if you handle the chili pepper.]

If all else fails, climb into bed with someone you love and…..well, you fill in the rest!

…and if that doesn’t float your boat for any reason (I can’t think why!) then tuck into a bowl of mashed potato….