Chefs’ Favorite Hangover Cures

If you don’t want to sleep it off, try these 8 inspired remedies from around the world

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New Year’s Eve is celebrated universally around the world each year, so it’s no wonder that everyone has their own version of a next-day “cure” meant to alleviate the post-party doldrums.

But who knows best? Chefs, with their rock-star status and their reputation for a “work hard, play hard” approach to life, combined with their cooking expertise, would seem to have the answer. After all, if you don’t want to sleep it off, then you’ll need to soak all that alcohol up with some grub. And then perhaps soak up all that grub with more alcohol.

Jimmy Bradley, chef-owner of The Red Cat and The Harrison, located in New York City, says his personal remedy is “scotch and Marlboros with a cheeseburger in there somewhere,” but if cigarettes aren’t your thing, then his Baked Fontina with Garlic probably works pretty well, too. Meanwhile, Richard Garcia, executive chef at 606 Congress restaurant, located in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, says, “Anything that has a full meal in a glass (pork, vegetable, and more booze) will get you ready for the rest of the day!” Such was the inspiration behind his kick-in-a-glass Bacon, Vodka, and Tomato (BVT) cocktail. Last, but not least, chef Scott Kroener of Del Frisco’s Grille in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, writes, “The day after New Year’s Eve, I am drinking anything but champagne. Plus, having hair of the dog always helps to cure a hangover.” His remedy? A classic sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant, washed down with Bass ale.



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Green Chilaquiles 

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Bacon, Vodka, and Tomato Cocktail 

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Baked Fontina with Garlic 

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‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ Mac ‘n’ Cheese 

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