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Prairie Oyster Cocktail

Mark Rowe

Prairie Oyster Cocktail

What It Is: Not to be confused with the “cowboy caviar” of the same name, the Prairie Oyster is what Sally Bowles called breakfast in Cabaret: a whole, raw egg yolk tipped into a rocks glass, then topped with a few dashes of Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. (Some variants use vinegar and brandy in the mix.) The aim is to toss it all back without breaking the yolk.

Why It (Supposedly) Works: Purportedly, the concoction fights one toxin (alcohol) by introducing another (fiery spices). The nutrients in the egg may also help you over the metabolic hump. Some who’ve tried a morning-after Prairie Oyster, though, swear that it’s only truly effective as an emetic.

Where to Experience It: At home, at least the first time, for obvious reasons.

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