It’s the morning after, or maybe you are a go getter and it is the later that same night. Here you are googling how to get rid of a hangover. Don’t feel bad. Everyone get’s hungover at least once.
In fact do you want to hear a really gross story? There was a winemaker’s dinner. You know the kind. You are seated at a beautiful dinner and each place setting is situated just so. Dinner is served with wines perfectly paired for each course. The winemaker, who is also the winery owner, gets up to talk about each wine before you taste. The Chef makes a special appearance to explain the food. Yes, it is the type of food that need explaining. You have paid $125 a seat to enjoy this evening.
Then some person (gritting teeth and avoiding typing cuss words that are degrading to women) who obviously has no clue, vomits. She vomits all over the table before the meal has even begun. Now I would have put her drunk ass in a cab with coffee to go. For some reason she stayed and proceeded to vomit all over the only bathroom at the winery.
But you were already feeling nauseous weren’t you? Sorry about that. I did promise a hangover cure so I give you the “Rehydration Formulation.” It sounds like a episode title on the Big Bang Theory. There are several versions of this. Handsome Hubby uses this one in place of “sports drinks” for kids who are dehydrated. I use it for hangovers. In fact I use it to avoid hangovers completely by drinking it the night of instead of the morning after. A couple of big glasses before bed and you will sleep better and wake up feeling fine.
- 5 cups/1 liter of water
- 6 level teaspoons of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ⅓ to ½ cup of orange or lemon juice
- Mix all ingredients. Pour over ice or freeze into a popsicle. Just don't mix it into a cocktail
Now that you feel better and are completely horrified at my gross out story, there a few ways to avoid getting drunk. Be sure to drink water. A hydrated liver works more efficiently. Eat. High fat, high protein foods can be your best friends when trying to stay sober. Why do you think fried cheese sticks, sliders, and nachos wind up on almost all bar menus.? And now you have an excuse to order them. An average person’s liver can metabolize one drink per hour. Be the super cool person who sips slowly. You won’t get sloppy, you’ll leave with more cash in your pocket, and ‘beer goggles” won’t have anything to do with your night or next morning.
This blog is called “Tasting Pour,” not “Taste the Whole Damn Bottle,” so here’s a handy list of what one drink actually is because it seems like less than you might think. In fact I used the Rehydration Formula when I tried to make cocktails the way I cook – without measuring.
1 drink =
5 oz wine at 12% abc, (note most New World wine is closer the 14% range)
12 oz beer at 4-5% abv,
1 oz of 80-100 proof spirit
Cheers and happy, safe drinking.