10 Hangover Cures From Around the World For a Happy New Year’s Day
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With that slinky sequin dress and the sound of clinking champagne flutes permeating the night air, dancing away the old year into a new one filled with hopes, promises kept and the thought of starting over… isn’t always so glamorous or good-looking the next morning. A little hair of the dog will do ya, for a Happy New Year’s next day in the U.S. - but who’s to say there isn’t a little truth to these hangover cures from around the world? While we’re partial to a beautiful next day brunch with our besties, mimosas or bloody mary’s in hand and words light on our lips, laughter rumbling in our bellies - here are 10 hangover cures from around the world to help you ease from New Year’s Eve into your New Year, New You.
Russians believe the best way to dry out from vodka oversaturation is with a sauna session and a beating with birch branches. Another cure is Kvass, a slightly alcoholic beverage made by soaking dried rye bread with sugar and yeast. If you’re in St. Petersberg to ring in the New Year, a sauna sounds nice, maybe avoid whipping yourself or others with birch branches but definitely find yourself a bucket list brunch spot, Charlie. We’re all for a little hair-of-the-dog hangover cure. So if you’re feeling the St. Petersburg vibe, opt for an “Old Boy,” with prosecco, Maraschino Liqueur and sloe berry liqueur.
The thought of sipping a homemade Italian espresso at any time, really makes our little hearts sing - but then finding out Italians believe a few cups of espresso help dilate the blood vessels (which gets rid of headaches quicker)... *starts furiously searching Italian New Year’s getaways.* Sip a homemade espresso and watch the sun rise up over the Venice canals on the rooftop terrace at Aman Venice… now that’s amore for the New Year.
The thought behind this one is simple: coconut water is hydrating. It’s also high in potassium and contains many helpful ingredients such as antioxidants, ascorbic acids and magnesium. Imagine waking up at Ananda in the Himalayas, taking a dip in this pristine pool overlooking the spiritual forest of Sal in northern India while sipping a cool coconut water straight from the source? No hangover here.
Cassoulet - a hearty casserole or stew filled with tons of meat (like pork, goose and duck) and white beans. Hearty and heavy, it’s supposed to absorb the alcohol, leaving you more clear-headed. Although we’re thinking after a night in the City of Lights, waking up in a suite at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris and ordering a pain au chocolat (or five), windows thrown open, overlooking the Eiffel Tower may just be the sweetest way to say au revoir to anything that ails you.
Ostrich eggs are so large, it’s equivalent to a two-dozen-chicken-egg omelet. Maybe seems a little excessive but we’re all for family-style feasting. Wash it down with amasi, a soured milk popular with the party crowd. While there are plenty of restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town serving this hangover fare, wouldn’t a brunch at Babylonstoren, a greenhouse restaurant at a farm hotel inspired by the mythical gardens of Babylon surrounded by 300 types of fruits, vegetables and plants be a little kinder to your New Year’s Day?
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This traditional Indonesian breakfast food is prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs. We’re partial to The Bistrot in Bali, a sweet corner of Seminyak where you can unspool the debauchery of the night before, and feel like a person again sipping homemade lattes from vintage French silver tea kettles.
It’s no surprise a full breakfast could be the key to soaking up the sins of the previous night’s party. Why not brunch at Berner’s and make your foray back into the world of the living under a British Michelin starred chef. Quintessentially English, order the "Quice Spritz" - Quince liquor, grapefruit and prosecco for a bit of a bubbly brush with brunch heaven.
Mexican tripe soup made up of beef stomach (the tripe) in a broth with a red chili pepper base that is believed to stimulate the senses and clear your head. While it sounds delicious, we’re partial to waking up with a little yoga and ocean breeze after a night in one of the perfect Playa Viva treehouses. Tell Johnny the bartender to whip you up something special, he’s a pro at utilizing all of the on-site seasonal fruits in his hand-crafted cocktails.
The Germans have a word for everything, even hangover breakfast: katerfrühstück. It features a pickled herring wrapped around pickled cucumbers and onions, and sometimes includes a beer. After a night ringing in the New Year at 25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin - described as “Right in the heart of West Berlin: Wild like the jungle, multifaceted like the city,” where you’ll ring in the new year on the rooftop terrace with a perfect view of Berlin’s fireworks, after a full dinner and party at the Monkey Bar, maybe that pickled herring will seem heavenly.
After a night of too much sake, the Japanese rely on a type of dried sour plum called umeboshi. To dilute the bitterness, many people steep them in green tea. Eating umeboshi in Japan is the equivalent of the English expression "an apple a day." Children's candy shops sometimes carry karikari ume, or prepackaged, crunchy pickled ume and dry umeboshi. Pick up a preventative package and head to Aman Tokyo’s elegant New Year’s Eve dinner. In line with Japanese tradition, begin New Year's Eve with Toshikoshi Soba noodles, to wish for a longer life. Later, visit The Lounge for a special celebration to welcome 2018.