Hangover Help

Tis the season for office parties, holiday parties, New Years Eve
and the dreaded
Dr. G & Friends have a few remedies for you.

Dr. G

by Claire Jeffers

For a speedy, effective recovery, basic coffee just won’t do. This “morning after” drink will wake you up and help to dull the pain in minutes. Espresso is preferred, but extra- strong coffee will also do the trick.

The Coffee Brandy

2 ounces inexpensive brandy (like Remy VSOP)
Double shot of espresso or strong coffee
1 sugar cube
Splash of cream

Mix all ingredients in a coffee mug, and get ready to greet the day.

—Merrilee Paul, 50 Local, Kennebunk

. . .

When a Bloody Mary is just what Dr. G ordered but you don’t have the necessary ingredients on hand, this spicy quencher will fulfill any hankerings for savory or citrus. No grapefruit juice on hand? Orange juice works, or even diluted lemon juice in a pinch.

Last Night’s Outfit

1½ ounces bourbon
2 ounces Ruby Red grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon agave or honey
Dash of Tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in a shaker and serve over ice in
a tall glass. Garnish the drink with a leaf of fresh basil,
if desired.

—Mac McGaw, Natalie’s, Camden

. . .

Wholesome with a side of wicked, this simple concoction can be ready in seconds. This is a great drink if your stomach (or brain) needs some extra fortification, fast!

Lime in the Coconut

2 ounces rum
½ ounce maple syrup
1 ounce lime
2 ounce coconut milk

Shake ingredients with ice. Strain the liquid,
and serve either straight up or over ice.

—Nicole Spano, Isa, Portland

Food perhaps?

The Stuffed French Toast of Doom
by Todd Bross

Serves 4

1 loaf rustic French or Italian bread, whole
4 eggs, beaten
Pocket fillings—I’ll suggest a few favorites
1 cup breakfast cereal, crushed (optional)

With a serrated knife, carefully cut your loaf of bread into slices— about 1 to 1½ inches thick. Laying them on their sides, cut a pocket into each slice (like a pita), being careful to not cut all the way through. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat until smooth. If you are using the cereal, crush it with your hands into a second bowl.

Now, it’s time to fill the pockets, and you can choose to go sweet, savory or both. Try peanut butter and banana slices for an Elvis, or just keep it old school with some jelly. Cream cheese, powdered sugar and chocolate chips can make for cannoli French toast. Ham and cheese? Sure—the possibilities are endless. Just make sure not to overfill each pocket, as the opening needs to be able to close without causing the filling to ooze out.

Bring a skillet to temperature over medium heat.

Dip each stuffed slice of bread in the beaten egg, turning to coat each side. If using cereal, coat each slice in your cereal crumbs like you would if breading chicken. Butter the skillet and place a few stuffed slices in the pan, cooking each side until golden brown and delicious. Plate the slices and top accordingly.

No matter what time you end up getting out of bed the next day, breakfast can help to settle things down when you’re dealing with a raging hangover—allowing you to move on to more important tasks, such as figuring out where you got those pants.