Happy Hangover! If your vitamins and minerals are a tad on the depleted side after a New Year’s celebration, these cocktails may cure what ails you. They call it “Hair of the Dog”; alcoholic remedies meant to cure the common hangover. But do they really work? Doesn’t hurt to try. – Jonathan Pogash
Cynar Gin Fizz
Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria
Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria, with it’s cured meats and crusty bread, acts as a hot bed of activity for those looking for a liquid boost. Popular with the brunch crowd, Pulino’s cocktails seem to skew towards that night-owl reluctantly peeling open it’s eyes after a busy soiree. Try the Cynar Gin Fizz, blending Hendrick’s gin, Cynar (an artichoke-based Italian bitters liqueur), muddled cucumber, fresh lemon juice, demerara syrup, and prosecco. You may also want to have a gander at their Bloody Mary options.
The Little Neck
In the mood for something quick and simple? Try one of The Tippler’s “Fast and Furious” options from their expansive cocktail list. Served as a shot, the Little Neck mixes citrus vodka, clam juice, lemon, and stuffed tomato. A take on a Bloody Caesar, this quick fix is a force to be reckoned with.
Bitters-based aperitif and digestif liqueurs have long been known to include so-called medicinal ingredients in their botanical blends. The “Apropos” cocktail at Gramercy Tavern has not one but two bitters-based liqueurs: Yellow Chartreuse and Aperol. Along with those two spirits, the bartenders at Gramercy add Bombay gin and fresh lime juice. Seems apropos for the week after New Year’s.
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Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, is a beverage consultant, writer, and educator.