Mulled Wine & 5 Holiday Hangover Cures

Mulled Wine
With the holiday happenings rapidly approaching, I thought I’d better hurry up and get my new favorite drink recipe out to you!

I adore a nice, hot beverage around the holidays.  I’ll take anything from hot cocoa, tea with lemon and honey, or hot apple cider.  So when Bill found this Mulled Wine recipe, I obviously thought – This. Is. Happening.

A few weeks ago, I was “fluffing up” our fake Christmas tree.  Meanwhile, Bill was in the kitchen forgetting to add the fresh ginger and cloves to the rest of the ingredients in this recipe.

Yep.  He did that.

We liked it a lot once we had all of the ingredients mingling happily together.

I also made this for my family at our “ThanksChristmas” celebration last week.  We all decided that next time we’d prefer less anise.  So if you’re not much of a black licorice flavor kind of person, you might want to scale back on that a little.

Now, if you drink a little more than your fair share this holiday season, I’ll share with you a few hangover cures.

Ok, I lied.  There really aren’t any true “cures” for a hangover except time, but there are a few things you can do to make yourself feel a little better while you’re waiting it out.

  1. Eat a pickle!  Or two, or three.  Pickles are salty, and water is attracted to salt like a magnet.  When you’re severely dehydrated the salt will help your body retain more water.  I prefer Nathan’s brand of pickles for the day after my drinky-time indulging.
  2. Make yourself some scrambled eggs.  I’m sure a lot of you already do this the next morning, but do you know why your body needs them?  Eggs contain something called “Taurine” which can help your body flush out toxins more quickly.  In other words… Yay for your liver!
  3. Have a banana.  During the dehydration process, your body loses potassium – which can lead to that awful dizziness and nausea.  So unpeel that baby and gobble it up!
  4. Hair o’ the dog.  Go ahead, have another drink.  A Bloody Mary might be the only thing you can choke down, but be careful, this is only a short term fix and you could end up worse than where you started!
  5. Drink Water.  Get yourself rehydrated.  The more, the merrier in this case.  Of course, your water intake should start the night before.  Try drinking water whilst chugging down those cocktails people!  Your body will thank you for it later.

Of course, there are many, many other things you could do to help fight that hangover, but following these tips are a good place to start!

Do you have any tips of your own to add to this list?  Please chime in and comment below.  I’d love to hear them!

Rachael Rachael xoxo

Happy Holidays from Bill and me!  Thanks so much to you all for being a part of our “little blog world”!!

Recipe slightly adapted from:  Hy-vee Wine & Spirits Magazine

Mulled Wine
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Serves: 9 (6 oz each)
  • 1.5 liter dry red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, for example)
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 10-15 whole cloves
  • 4-6 star anise
  • ½ cup organic honey
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 slices peeled, fresh ginger
You may use additional orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise for garnish if desired
  1. Combine all ingredients except garnishes in slow cooker on LOW heat for 30 minutes - or up to 3 hours. Strain and pour into mugs to serve.
  2. Garnish each mug with an orange slice, star anise, and cinnamon stick if desired.
If you're not a big fan of star anise (which has a black licorice flavor), you can use less to suit your taste.

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16 comments… add one

  • Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie December 20, 2012, 10:05 pm

    This looks beautiful – what a lovely holiday drink!

    I’ve always heard that greasy food is good for a hangover…I have no idea why :)

    • Rachael December 20, 2012, 11:11 pm

      I know I’ve always craved a nice juicy burger and fries!! ;)

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 21, 2012, 8:33 am

    Love mulled wine!!!!!

  • angela @ another bite please December 23, 2012, 3:12 pm

    hahahah love the hungover tips…makes me laugh…and I have some red wine that needs to be used up and I’ve been wanting to try the mulled wine!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction December 24, 2012, 6:54 am

    i love all your hangover tips! I never thought that pickles would do the trick! I know bananas have helped me get rid of a lot of my hungover headaches and tummy aches. And I adore mulled wine, but have never made it myself. It looks so easy! Oh and I love anise! :)

    • Rachael December 24, 2012, 10:20 am

      Thanks, Sally! You gotta try it! ;)

  • Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs December 26, 2012, 9:05 pm

    Hey Rachael- we’re new here and love it! Can’t wait to come back and read more soon! Take care!

    • Rachael December 30, 2012, 12:05 pm

      Hi Whitney! Thanks for stopping by… we love having you here! :)

  • katie December 28, 2012, 10:57 am

    Love this recipe and your tips! We don’t do it often but if we have one-to-many we will eat a bowl of soup before bed… The additional water and salt in the soup always helps us out the next day!

    • Rachael December 30, 2012, 12:06 pm

      Thanks Katie! Great tip- plus, who doesn’t get a little hungry when they’re drinking? :)

  • Mama's Gotta Bake December 30, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Great photo and a very festive recipe. Sounds so good, wine and all those spices! Yum!

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure December 31, 2012, 5:51 am

    Love the red wine drinks:) and this looks wonderful:) Great tips too! Happy New Year.

    • Rachael December 31, 2012, 11:13 am

      Thanks Ella! Happy New Year to you, too!! xo

  • Hamilton Courtney January 10, 2013, 2:32 am

    Beautiful looking recipes Rachael!

    I wish I’d seen these sooner, I certainly could of done with them!

    Hamilton x

  • Teresa C September 14, 2013, 10:27 am

    Cinnamon honey and lemon works for me.


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