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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
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
- 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
- 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.
- Garnish each mug with an orange slice, star anise, and cinnamon stick if desired.
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