This year, Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day are on the same day, tomorrow. Although vastly different celebrations – a Mexican victory over French invaders 150 years ago in the first case (that has evolved in the U.S. into a celebration of all things Mexican) and the annual 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, in the second – both typically involve parties and drinking.
I’ve done the typical motherly advice on holiday drinking before and you should definitely take a look if you’re inclined to overindulge. But this time, I decided to give the platform over to a fellow blogger, Alejandra Owens, for a distinctly unmotherly tale and recipe.
Enjoy her guest post (below) and check out her blog, One Bite at a Time. And of course, stay sane and safe no matter what and how you celebrate this weekend.
Photo by Alejandra Owens
Hair of the Dog Hangover Cure Cocktail
In early March I traveled to Austin, TX for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW). Being a blogger/social media geek, I was in heaven and totally pumped for the conference and all its associated parties, panels and networking.
That’s when I got hit with a mega cold, the kind that requires twice the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C and two hour naps every afternoon. How was I supposed to make it through 16-hour days filled with all that running around, meeting people…and drinking!?
On day #2 of horrible cold/SXSW I was brunching at 2nd Bar and Kitchen (hyperlink below) when I discovered the C-Section. Despite its shiver-inducing name, it was sort of like discovering cocktail gold. See, this libation contained, among other things, an entire packet of Emergen-C. In one cocktail I could kill two birds with one stone: amp up my immune system AND get an energy boost critical to moving past any potential hangovers from all the partying.
I think I had that drink nearly every day I was in Austin, and remain convinced it was a major reason that I got through the conference. When I got home, I simply had to recreate it, or at least come up with a version of it that I could easily make. My friend Tammy and I came up a reasonable variation that is a great brunch cocktail, and incredibly simple to make!
Of course, you can play with fruit and flavored vodka variations for a customized cocktail to match what’s in season or a themed brunch! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Hair of the Dog Hangover Cure
- 3 medium local, organic strawberries, cored
- 1.5 oz Vanilla Stoli
- 1 packet Strawberry-Kiwi Emergen-C (or raspberry flavor)
- Soda Water
- ¼ cup ice
- Mint to garnish
In a highball glass, muddle the strawberries. Add the Emergen-C packet and the Vanilla Stoli. Add the ice and let it sit for a moment to dissolve. Fill the glass with soda water, stir, and garnish with mint. Enjoy.