hellomagazine.comThe best hangover cures and remedies from around the world to help you through the Christmas party season
North of the border, the Canadians credit the prohibition of the 1920s with the popularity of Canada Dry ginger ale, which was used as a mixer to mask the taste of liquor. Nowadays Canadians cure their hangovers with soothing ginger ale alongside Poutine – a calorific recipe of French fries, topped with a light chicken gravy and cheese curds.
When in Rome, as they say... the Italians swear by strong coffee all year round and they depend on it after a heavy night too. Sore head? Make like the locals and sip an extra strong espresso. However, be warned, as the diuretic properties of coffee could dehydrate you even further…
More tea tips, this time from the old Cowboys of the Wild West who swore by rabbit-dropping tea to cure their hangovers. If that's a step too far for you, the current hangover cure of choice in the US is the Prairie Oyster – a raw egg mixed with a punchy combination of a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sauce and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Take a leaf from Ecuador's book and try Oregano tea the morning after. Oregano is said to help settle the stomach and is renowned for curing illness.
The Burek, a classic Croatian dish, is made from filo pastry and any combination of cheese or meat. It has been served as a hangover cure for years and thanks to the abundance of oils and carbohydrates it might help to soak up the alcohol and slow down the absorption.
The Japanese use a traditional pickle for their hangovers – a dried sour plum called Umeboshi. It is believed to aid digestion and prevent nausea and it is also claimed that Umeboshi combats fatigue, which often goes hand in hand with a hangover.
If you've indulged in one too many Scottish whiskies, try an Irn Bru the next morning. The fizzy gold-orange drink is known for helping to revitalise anyone the morning after. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Irn Bru Square Sausage – created by a Scottish butcher, it combines the protein of the sausage with the refreshing fizz of the Irn Bru.
If you're more of a tea drinker, try the Chinese hangover cure with a cup of green tea. Antioxidants in green tea are considered to do wonders for our organs so might just give your liver the boost it needs.