Nearshore Americas

About that Hangover, Try Some of these Regional Elixirs

Most of us have felt it: the pounding headache that starts the moment you open your bloodshot eyes, the constant need to drink fluids, the aches and pains from when you fell on the dance floor last night, that bruise on your left leg you don’t remember getting stares at you in disgust. You’re hungover and all you want to do is chug a gallon of cold water, close the curtains, turn off your phone, and stay in bed. But it’s Monday and you can’t – someone has to go to work.

Wake your shaky and nauseous self up! Start by drinking two glasses of room temperature water. No, having a beer will not balance it all out and make you feel better, it will only dehydrate you more. Have a snack, such as crackers or a piece of fruit to try and settle your stomach. Grab an over-the-counter pain reliever to start treating the headache. But if all this fails and you’re waking up to someone that loves you, have them whip up one of these classic Latin American hangover cures (if you have no one that loves you, I hope you live close to a Latin neighborhood!).

Sancocho in Dominican Republic

Colloquially called “revive muertos”, Dominican sancocho is typically served at parties on New Year’s Day. After partying for hours, the sun rises and the simmering sancocho has started to waft into the air. It’s a stew like dish made with seven kinds of proteins, including pork, beef, chicken, and rabbit, among other. Served piping hot, it will surely settle your stomach and have you sweat out that hangover. Squeeze a little fresh lime over it for an acidic balance to the rich stew.

Menudo in Mexico

Simmered beef tripe and hominy make up this hangover cure. Although we’re not sure why it’s a cure, but we’re guessing the amount of fat in it will eventually settle your stomach. And with more and more chefs doing the nose-to-tail experience, Menudo has become quite popular in cities across the USA.

 Leche de Tigre in Peru

If you can stomach it, “leche de tigre” is known to be a cure all in Peru. What is it? Well, imagine ceviche. You’ve marinated this fresh fish in a gorgeous combination of citrus juices, thinly sliced onions, and chilies. That liquid that’s leftover after you serve the ceviche is what is known as “leche de tigre” or “leche de pantera”. It’s invigorating and also known as a common aphrodisiac.

Goma (Caldo de Pollo) in Guatemala

Nothing like caldo de pollo, or chicken broth, to sooth a nauseous and hungover human being. If the comforting thought of it doesn’t, it’s typically served piping hot, so you’ll probably just sweat out the hangover while you slurp it up! Add a splash of chili sauce or Tabasco to get your blood racing.

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Fricase in Bolivia

A spiced up stew, thickened with bread and potatoes, this mixture of yellow chili, pungent garlic, and cumin-infused pork meat will have you craving for more! It’s a hearty dish, so be ready to be stuffed by the end of it. You’ll be needing a nap, it’s so filling!

If you still have the hangover even after having a taste of any of the dishes above, bite the bullet and call in sick. There’s no way you’re making it into the office today. That’s what sick days are for, right?

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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