Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hangover Helpers or Hair of the Dog New Years Day Cocktails

Hair of the Dog New Year's Day Cocktails and other Hangover Helpers.

New Year's.Or more specifically, the morning after. Ugh. That can be a rough, rough day, especially if you happen to have little ones and can't just veg out and let time (and a lot of quiet) reverse the effects of overindulgence.

The Cajun doesn't drink and I don't indulge much anymore myself, but let's face it. On New Year's Eve, most folks do! Just make sure you line up a reliable designated driver ahead of time, or plan to just take a cab. There are lots of free cab services on New Year's Eve - but be warned. They won't take you to another party. Only home. So make a quick phone call to your local newspaper or television station to find the number to call and plug that into your cell phone before you even leave the house.

Based on my past experience, if you're planning to indulge either home or out, might as well just go ahead and prepare for the inevitable hangover and hit the grocery and maybe even the liquor store today just to be prepared for it. And while you're at it check out the hangover smoothie recipe below - you'll need to pick up a couple things for that too.

Holiday Hangover Tips

Drinks guaranteed to produce the worst morning-after woes:

Red Wine
Sweet drinks

The best choices to avoid or minimize a hangover:

White wine

Dr. Ordon of the show The Doctors, swears by this homemade remedy.

Morning After Hangover Smoothie

1 banana
2 cups of orange juice
1 can of V8 Juice
2 cups of soy milk
Splash of soda water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Join the smoothie with a supplement shooter of:

600 mg Vitamin C
1 Vitamin B complex tablet
200 mg L-Cysteine (an amino acid that counteracts the negative
effects of acetalhyde, from alcohol)

As seen on The Doctors

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Hair of the Dog New Year's Day Cocktails

Now, if you find what you really need is a bit of the "hair of the dog" for New Year's Day (been there done that), here's a few favorites of mine.

If you live down here in, near or somewhere around New Orleans, you absolutely know what Yakamein is. Let's just say, it's also known as "Old Sober" and very often consumed after a long night of partying, especially during Mardi Gras, making it a perfect New Year's Day hangover helper. Make it New Year's Eve to have at the ready for brunch.

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