hangover cures around the world

Hungover? Try These Hangover Cures From Around The World

From Polish pickle brine to tripe soup, countries around the world are full of hangover remedies they swear by. If you’re feeling the heat from last night why not start with one of these time tested international hangover cures? Some rooted in myth, some in science and some that are just downright strange – here are hangover cures from around the ease your stomach and last nights woes.

Hangover Cures Around The World

Pickle Brine – Poland

Poles suffering from the morning after take a quick swig of brine to ease the stomach. Pickle brine, sauerkraut brine, garlic brine, you name it, they drink it. It works, too. Pickle brine is really just spicy vinegar which helps neutralise the stomach after a long night of Polish vodka.

hangover cures around the world

Bread, Caviar and Vodka – Russia

Russia is home to a plethora of interesting hangover remedies from everything pickled to salted tomatoes – but this one takes the cake. Mikhail Bulgakov names this remedy as the ideal hangover breakfast in his novel The Master and Margarita: white bread, pressed caviar, pickled mushrooms and vodka. Wash it all down, and you’re good to go.

hangover cures around the world

Tripe – Mexico, Turkey and Romania

There must be some truth behind the magical hangover powers of cow stomach. Mexicans swear by menudo – tripe, onion and garlic soup. In Turkey, they whip up iskembe corbasi – a stout and tangy tripe soup. And in Romania, they take to ciorba de burta – a salty, tart, veg packed tripe stew.

hangover cures around the world

The Highland Fling – Scotland

This ancient Scottish hangover cure is sure to wash away your post whiskey blues. Mix a pint of buttermilk, a dash of cornflour, some salt and pepper and down it. The thinking behind the drink named after the Scottish folk dance ‘The Highland Fling’ is that the fat and lactose will settle the stomach.

hangover cures around the world

Leche de Tigre – Peru

In Peru to calm a nasty hangover, they take to seafood. ‘Leche de Tigre’ or tiger’s milk is a leftover ceviche marinade with heavy hints of lime, fish stock, garlic and ginger. Even better? It doubles as an aphrodisiac.

Pizzle – Sicily

Wine sick Sicilians take to a peculiar, yet effective food for hangovers – dried bull penis, also known as ‘pizzle.’ While it is slowly dying out, old School Sicilians swear it’s magic and in truth, they’re not wrong. Pizzle is full of vitamins, protein and offers a big jolt of energy for your alcohol woes.

hangover cures around the world
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Katerfrühstück – Germany

Katerfrühstück or ‘hangover breakfast’ is Germany’s response to a long night of partying. Typically consisting of all things sour, you’re looking at marinated herring, pickled gherkins, sauerkraut and sometimes even a beer.

Umeboshi – Japan

A night of too much sake in Tokyo will land you a full plate of umeboshi the next morning. These briny pickled plums are thought to be the end-all of the hangovers, but they don’t stop there. Umeboshi is also believed to be a cure-all aiding in everything from liver function, digestion and nausea.

Pickled Sheep Eyeballs – Mongolia

Dating all the way back to the Genghis Kahn era, there must be at least some truth to this Mongolian hangover remedy. A tangy tomatoey shot featuring yes, a sheep’s eye is what makes this age-old hangover cure. Don’t worry though, if you aren’t up for an eyeball a shot of the tomato mixture will do just fine.

hangover cures around the world

Reparationsbajer – Denmark

Ah, the classic ‘hair of the dog’ cure. In Danish, they have a special word for this called ‘reparationsbajer’ or ‘recovery beer’ in English. A reparationsbajer usually consists of a malty and slightly hoppy pale ale that is sure to wipe away all your stomach woes from last night.

Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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