Hangover cures that local bartenders swear by

Hangover cures that local bartenders swear by

The good antidote

Text: Janice Sim

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Image: Vanessa Caitlin

The best part? They're all spiked with alcohol. Cheers to the morning after

We'll cut right to the chase. Amidst the excessive eating and gift gifting this festive season, lies a free pass to get smashed. That means copious amounts of wines, spirits, shots, beers... the more the merrier. After all, Christmas is a celebratory affair that only comes around once a year. 

But with actions, come consequences. We don't mean drunk-texting your ex or uploading embarrassing selfies on social media (that can be easily rectified... we think), but it's the hangover we dread most. The older we get, the longer it takes to recover from the pounding headaches, incessant barfing, and the foetal position we find ourselves in the day after. We've been there, and so have these bartenders from our city's well-loved bars. Below, they share the remedies they swear by to get through the day — unsurprisingly, spruced with a dash of alcohol (talk about the age-old 'hair of the dog' myth). Already picked out your poison for the night? Good. Make sure you have these ingenious recipes on hand, too.


Antidote of choice:
Awaken Tea

"Jasmine green tea contains powerful antioxidants, which is known to protect the liver against excessive alcohol consumption. It's super refreshing and also cleanses the entire system."

Neon Pigeon, 1 Keong Saik Rd, 089109

Awaken Tea: Here's what you need

45ml Mancino Bianco Vermouth
45ml Jasmine Green Tea (cold)
60ml Prosecco
Grapefruit Bitters

Awaken Tea: How to make it

1. Build up all the ingredients (except the Prosecco) into a chilled rock glass, and then add a cube of ice.
2. Top up with Prosecco and garnish with grapefruit zest.


Antidote of choice:
Jenever Buck

"It's a light and refreshing mix, filled with plenty of angostura bitters, which helps to calm down the stomach."

ATLAS, A Grand Lobby & Bar

Jenever Buck: Here's what you need

45ml Boompjes 100% Maltwine
Half a Lime (juiced)
Ginger Ale
Angostura Bitters
Lime & Mint as garnish

Jenever Buck: How to make it 

1. Build up ingredients in a highball glass. Finish off with lime and mint.


Antidote of choice:

"The spicy and savoury flavours from this hangover tipple hits all the right spots, and really helps to cut through that nauseating feeling. This is why we always crave salty, heavy-flavoured foods after a drinking session."

Junior The Pocket Bar, 43 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088464

Michelada: Here's what you need

50ml Clamato Juice (or Campbell's tomato juice)
3-4 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
2-4 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
2 dashes of Maggie Seasoning Sauce
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
15ml Fresh Lime Juice
Top up with a Porter

Michelada: How to make it

1. Build up all ingredients except the beer into a salt-rimmed highball glass.
2. Add ice, then pour in the beer. Use a spoon to gently mix together the ingredients. Garnish with a lime wedge. 


Antidote of choice:
Rum Peng

"Call it strange, but Milo has always been a great source of comfort to me. It's my personal go-to cure."

Hangover cures

Rum Peng: Here's what you need

200g Milo Powder
200ml Hot Water
45ml Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

Rum Peng: How to make it

1. Dissove Milo powder in hot water and pour into a highball glass.
2. Fill to the top with ice. Stir until you've reached your desired consistency.
3. Add the rum to finish. 


Antidote of choice:
Bunenos Dias

"The freshness from tomatoes, smokey notes from the mezcal, and the combination of spicy and savoury flavours all work together to replenish your body from within."

28 HongKong Street

Bartender's note: Make your own Spicy Mix and Beetroot Vinegar before creating the Bunenos Dias.

Spicy Mix: Here's what you need  

300g Celery
50g Horseradish
2g Salt
2g Black Pepper
1 Japanese Cucumber
4 Jalapeño Pepper
10 dashes Tabasco Sauce
100ml Worcestershire sauce
100ml Amontillado Sherry
1 tbpsn Mustard
1 clove Garlic

Spicy Mix: How to make it  

1. Place all ingredients in the blender until a fine consistency
2. Strain through a cheesecloth

Beetroot Vinegar: Here's what you need

500ml Fresh Pressed Beetroot Juice
500g Caster Sugar
250ml Apple Cider Vinegar

Beetroot Vinegar: How to make it

1. Blend all ingredients together until the sugar dissolves.

Bunenos Dias: Here's what you need

30ml Purasangre Blanco Tequila
20ml Alipus San Juan Joven Mezcal
25ml Homemade Spicy Mix
7.5ml Homemade Beetroot Vinegar
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
90ml Tomato Juice

Bunenos Dias: How to make it

1. Build up ingredients in a highball glass over ice.  


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