From creamy-sweet milk punch to a drink made with life-restoring coconut water, here are five hair-of-the-dog cocktails that are so tasty, they’re almost worth the hangover.
1. Suffering Bastard
While the kitchen at The Original Dinerant in Portland, Oregon, serves seasonal classic dishes made using local ingredients, the bar cranks out more daring cocktails like the Suffering Bastard. This hangover terminator allegedly dates back to the 1940s, and is thought to have been the go-to remedy for British soldiers stationed in Egypt during World War II. The ginger beer and bitters in this drink will help settle your stomach, while the gin and brandy will get your buzz on again.
2. Honey Buzz Milk Punch
South of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, SoBou is surely no stranger to hair-of-the-dog cocktail requests. The house remedy is called the Honey Buzz Milk Punch, and it's made with (yes) milk, plus honey syrup, Honey Nut Cheerios-infused rum, and pie spice bitters. Recharge, then hit up the indoor garden for self-serve beer and wine taps. Photo by newinnola/Instagram.
3. Leche de Tigre
The multilevel Tanta in Chicago serves up Peruvian specialties, including the morning-after remedy called Leche de Tigre. Packing all the protein you'll need to bounce back after a night out, it also has cured and marinated chunks of fish, diced red onions and cilantro. Though this drink doesn't actually have alcohol in it, it's got enough intense flavors going on to make you forget all about your aching self.
4. Zen Diego
At the Boston taco joint Loco, the Latin American-inspired dishes and creative cocktails make use of the bar's bountiful tequila and mezcal list. But for a hangover, you'll want to drink the pain away with the Zen Diego. The perfect mix of liquor and hydration, it contains silver tequila, coconut water, lemonade and jalapeno. Come for brunch and stay through dinner, and you might spot fans like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse actress Eliza Dushku, musician ZZ Ward and Patriots players Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
5. Bloody Mary
It’s all about comfort food with Southern, Asian and Tex-Mex flavors at The Hightower in Austin. Walk in, and you'll immediately want to skip the aspirin and head to the bar for a DIY Bloody Mary spread that will bring you back to life. You can choose vodka or corn whiskey as your base, then toss in condiments (think bacon, corn, cheese) at will. Chase it all down with a beer.
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