World's Strangest Hangover Cures

Corpse Reviver Cocktail London Hangover Cures
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From hot saunas to sour pickles, every culture has its preferred morning-after remedy.

Corpse Reviver Cocktail

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What It Is: While there are several variations on this flamboyantly named drink, the landmark recipes trace back to London’s Savoy hotel bar. The Savoy Cocktail Book, compiled by barman Harry Craddock and published in 1930, touted two versions: one combining two parts brandy with one part each of Calvados and sweet vermouth; the second with equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc, and lemon juice, with a dash of absinthe. Each is shaken over ice and strained into a cocktail glass.

Why It (Supposedly) Works: These cocktails are pure, high-octane hair of the dog; each has botanicals that theoretically take the edge off. But remember Craddock’s warning: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Where to Experience It: After a multimillion-dollar renovation, you can now raise a glass at the source once again.

—Jennifer Paull

Corpse Reviver Cocktail London Hangover Cures

World's Strangest Hangover Cures

Corpse Reviver Cocktail

What It Is: While there are several variations on this flamboyantly named drink, the landmark recipes trace back to London’s Savoy hotel bar. The Savoy Cocktail Book, compiled by barman Harry Craddock and published in 1930, touted two versions: one combining two parts brandy with one part each of Calvados and sweet vermouth; the second with equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc, and lemon juice, with a dash of absinthe. Each is shaken over ice and strained into a cocktail glass.

Why It (Supposedly) Works: These cocktails are pure, high-octane hair of the dog; each has botanicals that theoretically take the edge off. But remember Craddock’s warning: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Where to Experience It: After a multimillion-dollar renovation, you can now raise a glass at the source once again.

—Jennifer Paull

© Andreas Argirakis / Alamy Stock Photo
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