Strangest Hangover Cures from Around the World

by | May 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM | General

If the guys from “The Hangover” had the June 2011 issue of Travel and Leisure magazine on hand for their Las Vegas bachelor party extravaganza, chances are they wouldn’t have woken up with a tiger, a missing tooth, a strange wife and skull-crushing headaches. Sure their misfortune made for a hilarious movie, but no one wants to feel like their head is in a vice and their stomach is in knots after a night of partying.

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If you’re adventurous enough to try these odd morning-after remedies from around the globe, you may just be able to outsmart a hangover.

Here are five of the most interesting remedies:

1. Umeboshi (Japan): the pickled ume fruit has been used as a remedy in Japan for centuries because of its acids that improve liver function, aid digestion, and dispel fatigue. It’s packed with electrolytes too.
2. Full English Breakfast (England): while this dish varies from pub to pub, it generally consists of bacon, sausage, fried or poached eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and baked beans and a vinegary sauce. Digesting the high amounts of fat and protein in this dish is believed to, in a way, distract your body from the symptoms that follow one too much Guinness.
3. Banyas (Russia): Similar to a sauna, the steam that fills these bathhouses helps purge the toxins from your body.
4. Prairie Oyster Cocktail (U.S., courtesy of James Bond): similar to the idea behind the Full English Breakfast, drinking a raw egg topped with Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt, and pepper is meant to confuse your body. Introducing a spicy jolt may help set offset the remaining alcohol in your system
5. Corpse Rivival Cocktail (London): while this may not sound like a concoction you want to drink while feeling under the weather, this mix of two parts brandy with one part each of Calvados and sweet vermouth could possibly resurrect your lifeless body. While the botanical ingredients may “take the edge off,” be sure to follow the mixologist’s warning: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

For more peculiar hangover cures, visit TravelandLeisure.com or pick up the June 2011 issue of the magazine.