Hair of the Dog Cocktails

Hangover cures for the morning after

  • 11 Drink
  • Updated: Aug 6, 2016

A hair of the dog is a clever way to refer to hangover cures that involve, well, drinking more alcohol. It is an alcoholic beverage consumed typically the morning after to cure a hangover.

What does hair of the dog mean?

This term comes from the colloquial expression "hair of the dog that bit you", which basically means the best cure for your hangover is to have some more of what caused the hangover. The saying itself originates from an old and unsanitary 16th century folk remedy for rabies.

Does hair of the dog work?

Although the scientific explanations do not support it as a very healthy hangover remedy, our own anecdotal evidence says that sometimes it's the only thing that'll get rid of that headache.

Regardless of whether you believe in the effectiveness of a little hair of the dog, here's a collection of some of our favorite drinks that, at the very least, taste great even before noon.

  • Prosecco, Peach Puree
    The Bellini is a classic champagne cocktail made with sparkling wine (often Prosecco, since it's an Italian drink), peach puree, and optionally peach liqueur. It has long been a favorite at brunch, as it introduces some fresh, fruity flavors that pair fantastically with breakfast foods. While the Bellini has a reputation for being a bit of a girly drink, we …
  • Espresso, Benedictine, Maraschino liqueur, Orange coffee bitters
    The Black Forest cocktail features chilled espresso to give you an extra kick and help out with those particularly groggy mornings. There are several different recipes for this drink, but this one comes from the original, 1947 edition of the Angostura Professional Mixing Guide.
  • Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Lime
    Often a hangover "cure" for the urban brunch-goers of the world, the Bloody Mary makes for a nicely savory start to your Sunday when the bottomless Mimosas just aren't going to cut it. A Bloody Mary can be very spicy, very mild, or somewhere in between, so adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce to taste. And for an extra kick, you can add some ground cayenne pep…
  • Irish whiskey, Brown sugar syrup, Coffee, Unsweetened whipped cream
    The Irish Coffee is a perfect drink for when you need to wake up halfway through a long night, or kick yourself out of bed and fight off a hangover. It's an exceedingly simple cocktail, consisting of just Irish whiskey, coffee, a bit of brown sugar simple syrup, and some optional unsweetened whipped cream (preferably homemade). If you're looking for whiskey …
  • Mexican lager beer, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, celery salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, salt
    The Michelada blends two great brunch-cocktail qualities: it's bubbly, and it's savory. Less sweet than a Mimosa and less boozy than a Bloody Mary, this is a great excuse to drink beer at any time of day. Plus, Michelada is just so dang fun to say you'll find yourself ordering them just to tell people about it.
  • Champagne, Orange juice
    The Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that almost makes it feel appropriate to be drinking at 11 in the morning, and it couldn't be simpler to make. All you need is some Champagne (or any sparkling wine), orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed), and a day off to enjoy it.There's some debate among Mimosa "experts" about whether you should add the champag…
  • Pimm's No. 1, 7-Up, Cucumber, Lemon peel
    The Pimm's Cup is a British classic that's great for summer afternoons and brunches with friends. It's light on alcohol (using only Pimm's No. 1 as a base spirit, coming in at 50 proof) but fresh and delicious, and like a Bloody Mary you can add nearly any fresh fruits and vegetables you want to make it your own.
  • Vodka, Orange juice
    The Screwdriver is an easy vodka cocktail that's been around since at least the late 1930s. It's likely that this simple recipe of vodka and orange juice was invented by Smirnoff itself as part of its mid-century efforts to popularize vodka in the United States (hence the Moscow Mule), though a 1944 issue of Newsweek magazine attributes it to American m…
  • Fernet-Branca, Coca-Cola
    Strangely enough, the Fernet and Coke (a fairly self-explanatory cocktail) is one of the most popular drinks in Argentina. They even wrote a whole song about it, which, fair warning, is pretty terrible. That said, the drink itself is fantastic despite its simplicity. The cola flavors blend well with the complexities of the Fernet, softening what can otherwis…
  • Vodka, Hibiscus flower, Champagne
    Combining pear vodka, simple syrup, champagne, and an actual hibiscus flower, the Pear Hibiscus Brunch Cocktail is an absolute beauty that's sure to make the perfect complement to your next get-together. It's quite a bit stronger than other bubbly brunch cocktails thanks to the vodka, but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a try! Just don't knock them ba…
  • Gin, Cognac, Ginger Beer, Rose's Lime Juice, Angostura Bitters
    The Suffering Bastard is a cocktail developed by legendary barkeep Joe Scialom—best known for his time as head bartender at Shepheard's Long Bar in Cairo—as a hangover cure for those particularly bad mornings after. The drink was made famous by its (potentially apocryphal) role in the Second Battle of El Alamein in World War Two. The story goes that, the mor…

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