5 Hangover Cures That Went Mainstream

published Jul 25, 2013
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Everyone has their tried-and-true hangover foods, but throughout history there have been a few cures that were so good, they were embraced by the general population, not just those nursing a headache from the night before. Smithsonian’s Food & Think blog recently shared the history of five favorite foods that got their start as hangover cures.

The Bloody Mary is one such invention, created in Paris in the 1920s as a restorative morning drink for those who had partied too hard the night before. Two more medicinal drinks, Fernet and Coca-Cola, were originally advertised as hangover cures when they were invented in the 1800s.

Brunch was first proposed by the English writer Guy Beringer as a Sunday meal served around noon that combined breakfast and lunch to help “sweep away the cobwebs of the weekend,” especially for “Saturday night carousers,” who would appreciate being able to sleep in. And according to The New Yorker, eggs Benedict was invented by a heavy partier who made an impromptu sandwich with the eggs, bacon, toast and hollandaise sauce he ordered at the Waldorf Hotel. (The Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel sampled it and made some tweaks to create the version we know today.)

What are your favorite hangover cures?