Five Cures for a Hangover

June 7, 2020

There is nothing worse than a terrible hangover, and luckily for you, I have five cures for a hangover that are sure to help you feel better quickly.

Has this happened to you (don’t lie): drinking a whole bottle of wine (or two) sounded like a good idea at the time, but now you’re in the fetal position on your deathbed wondering what in the hell happened last night?

Yeahhhhhh, I’ve been there a few times. 

Hangovers, man, they’re the worst. 

There have been times I’ve woken up still drunk (and that’s a fun little trip), and my hangover hasn’t hit ‘til later (not a fun little trip), and I’ve had hangovers that hit in the wee hours of the morning that have made me fear even moving. 

Fortunately or unfortunately, I have my fair share of knowledge and experience in the hangover industry. I’ve worshipped the porcelain gods. I’ve had to pull over while driving and call some dinosaurs on the side of the road. I’ve suffered through a meeting or two with my head cradled in my arms on the table. I’ve parked my ass in a lounge chair on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches with twisted guts and a pounding headache after a night of being served too many Vodka Redbulls by a handsome bartender with huge biceps, a tight polo and a russian accent.. So yeah, I’m an expert on the topic hangovers. 

Lucky for me, I’ve also become an expert on hangover remedies. I’ve compiled a list of the best ways to cure a hangover quickly, and I’m sharing them with you today. 

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1. Rehydrate

They say defense is the best offense. Yeah, whoever “they” are, probably wasn’t talking about getting over a night of tequila shots, but whatever, it works in this instance as well. Before I go to bed (if I remember, or if my friends remember for me), I try to chug a few glasses of water. Drinking is a diuretic and will dehydrate you, so this is a crucial hangover cure. 

Another way to hydrate while you dehydrate? Drink water in your cocktails. I’m a big fan of vodka-waters (“vaters,” is the term I use for them) are often my go-to drink. Lately, I’ve been doing vodka with flavored carbonated water, and I must say, they are quite delightful. I’ve also been doing this flavored water and wine concoction that is light and refreshing for summer, but also provides some hydration!

2. Take your hydration to the next level

Remember when I said I sat on a beautiful beach after too many vodka-redbulls? Well I also had the most amazing hangover cure: a fresh coconut. And I’m here to tell you, this is hands-down the absolute best way to cure a hangover. So if you can get your hands on a fresh coconut (like, hop in a plane, go to the beach, find a man with a cart of ‘nuts and a machete, and ask him to hook you up), I 10/10 recommend. The next best thing? Buying coconut water in the store or online. I actually bought it in bulk a few times because I KNEW it was the best thing to help me get over a hangover in a heartbeat. I like Vita Coco the best, and I got this 12-pack for just over a dollar a box. WORTH IT. 

3. Sleep It Off

The experts say when you pass out from drinking, you really aren’t sleeping. Your body is trying to process and rid your body of the libations from the night before so it’s actually working. This is why I often will sleep longer than normal after a night out, but still feel so tired. If you can, plan ahead and spend some extra time in bed, or try and fit a nap in sometime the next day. If all else fails, and you can’t sleep in or take a nap, slam some coffee, drink water (see above) and hit the hay early that night. 

4. Have a Hearty Meal After Drinking

Is there anything better than a big greasy breakfast after a night of drinking. My favorite hangover breakfast always has at least the following: 

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Potatoes
  • Coffee

I like to make them all at home because there is just something about reminiscing about the night before while hanging out in your kitchen. I’m sure the grease and the proteins and potatoes are proven helpful for hangovers, but I just know I crave them.

How to Cure a Hangover

Side note: there is something to be said for a hangover breakfast or brunch. Some of my favorite memories over the years are going out the morning after a night of debauchery to reminisce (Marshall, Minn., Perkins circa 2006-2010 when everyone in the restaurant is dressed for church, but my friends and I definitely rolled in in our pajamas). If your budget allows, treat yo’ self. It’s worth it, and hilarious.

5.Hair of the Dog

Can’t beat ‘em? Join ‘em. Find a brunch location, or like I said above, make breakfast at home, and make a pitcher of mimosas, or this perfect bloody mary

How do you cure your hangover?

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