For many people New Year’s Eve means two things: a night of revelry – perhaps even debauchery – followed by the first day of the New Year spent cosmically hungover. This holiday season we’ve reached out to some of the most bibulous souls in the beverage industry – and to “Hangover Coach” Kendra Strasburg of CRAVE Health – to pass along suggestions for getting through the New Year’s Eve festivities without spending the first morning of the year worshipping the porcelain gods.
Many expert imbibers agree, the best way to ensure a night doesn’t go awry by 8 p.m. is to start with a slow roll as opposed to a boisterous gallop. Low-alcohol sips like The San Francisco, which blends equal parts of The Bitter Truth Sloeberry BlueGin, French and Italian Vermouth and The Bitter Truth aromatic and orange bitters, are ideal. This cocktail is a delightful aperitif perfect for stimulating the appetite before your last big meal of 2011. Recipe below.
While you’re at it, make sure to feast heartily during that big meal: A protein-rich dinner is sure to ward off too-soon tipsiness. Hangover Coach Kendra Strasburg works closely with bartenders and spirits industry professionals to help them find balance in their lives and stay healthy despite having to drink copious amounts of alcohol several nights a week.
She offers another great preventative tip, if you can stomach it: “take a tablespoon of olive oil before going out on the town. The fat actually lines the stomach walls and makes it harder for alcohol to penetrate getting into the bloodstream.” No sneak attack drunkenness this way, and “Naturally it leads to less of a hangover.”
While drinking, Kendra suggests “matching your cocktails one-to-one with water to help stave off the dehydration that is one of the root causes of your hangover” the next morning. Further maximize the benefits of that little glass of H2O by dropping a lemon in it: “Lemons have enzymes that replenish the liver and squeeze out toxins like wringing out a sponge,” says Kendra, “a perfect, simple way to balance as you imbibe.”
Cocktails made with natural sweeteners and a white base spirit will be easier for your body to process than those made with refined sugar syrups. Try a Bee’s Knees with No. 3 Gin, an easy go-to that most barkeeps will know how to make. Or, if you’re imbibing at home, mix up a batch of Ginger-Apple Blossoms with No. 3 Gin. A blend of fresh ginger, green apple, and lemon juice, this drink is sure to refresh. When made without alcohol, it’s a great tonic to support the liver. Recipe below.
As the night wears on, stay pleasantly buzzed (versus elegantly wasted) with Bols Genever coolers like the Franche-Comté Cooler created by Josey Packard of Drink in Boston, MA or sparklers like The Peacock Alley with Galliano L’Autentico by Frank Caiafa of the Waldorf=Astoria in Manhattan and the Ginger Royale made with The King’s Ginger liqueur and Champagne. These drinks are light and refreshing and will allow the longevity you need for a long night of boozing. Recipes below.
Though we love a good Koopstotje, we recommend you abstain from the siren call of “SHOTS!” on New Year’s Eve unless enjoying them early with a water back. Keep this in mind if you find yourself ordering Koopstotje long after the ball has dropped. Shots sound like a stroke of brilliance in the wee hours of the morning. They seldom are. Recipe below.
When dawn inevitably breaks and you find yourself wishing you could saw off your pounding head, take a deep breath and refer to any of these hangover remedies, provided by Kendra to help you rebalance and rejuvenate.
· Take a B Vitamin – These are the first vitamins to be used up as your body processes last night’s debauchery – giving some back (either before bed or upon waking) helps restore energy naturally, and helps the re-hydration process along.
· Eggs – Eggs contain cysteine, which helps to mop up the “leftover mess” by breaking down toxic chemical byproducts of alcohol metabolism by the liver.
· Coconut Water – All the rage these days, coconut water is full of replenishing electrolytes, magnesium, & potassium, without added junky ingredients like fructose and red-dye no. 5.
· Ginseng – the herbal equivalent of coffee, this all-natural stimulant will help regulate blood sugar levels.
· Tiger Balm – Rubbing tiger balm on your temples promotes blood flow and work as a painkiller.
During the pre-Prohibition heyday of the cocktail, the fizz held forth as the hangover cure de rigeur for sporting men. “Into the saloon you’d go, the kindly internist behind the bar would manipulate a bottle or two, and zam! There stood the glass packed with vitamins, proteins, and complex sugars, foaming brightly and aglow with the promise of sweet release,” writes David Wondrich in Imbibe!
Keep in mind that continuing to imbibe will only prolong your hangover symptoms. But, if you have a boozy brunch to go to on New Year’s Day, why not borrow a page from history? Try a classic Silver Fizz with Bols Genever or the rosy-hued Dawn’s Blush by Adam Connito of Toro in Boston, MA. If you need a dose of caffeine in your booze, try the Ristretto Martini, created by Nicole Lebedevitch of The Hawthorne in Boston, MA. Recipe below.
If you can’t quite stomach a fizz just yet, The Hangover Eraser No. 1 developed by Andy McNees of Toro in Boston is a life-saver, especially if you woke up too late to cancel brunch with your folks. Proceed directly to the bar and ask the barkeep to mix up one of these. Twenty minutes later you should be feeling tip-top. Recipe below.
Ginger Apple Blossom
.25 oz fresh apple juice
.25 oz fresh ginger juice
1 oz honey simple syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon
2 oz No. 3 gin
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh ginger.
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.
Kopstootje – 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.
2 oz No. 3 Gin
.75 oz honey syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.
by Josey Packard of Drink in Boston
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.
1.5 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.
by Frank Caiafa, The Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY
Pour 1 oz strawberry & black peppercorn-infused Galliano L’Autentico into a champagne flute.
Top with champagne.
Strawberry & black peppercorn-infused Galliano: Infuse 2 bottles of Galliano with 2-3 pints of fresh halved strawberries and a third of a cup of black peppercorns. Let steep 7-10 days. Strain and use as noted above.
by Adam Connito , Toro, Boston, MA
1 oz. Bols Genever
1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. Agave nectar
1 oz. lemon juice
1 egg white
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.
by Nicole Lebedevitch , The Hawthorne, Boston, MA
1.5 oz Bols Genever
.75 oz Galliano Ristretto
.75 oz Lustau East India sherry
Dash of chocolate bitters
Stir ingredients with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Hangover Eraser No. 1
by Andy McNees, Toro, Boston, MA
Build the following over ice in a pint glass: Shot of Fernet, two dashes of every kind of bitters in The Bitter Truth line and top with Soda water. Drink as quickly as you can through two straws like a Mind Eraser.