The best failproof hangover remedy, we all know, is to avoid one altogether. We’ve all heard the advice to drink responsibly and to drink a glass of water with each drink. But it happens to the best of us – we overcelebrate, forget about the water, or maybe even just have a couple glasses of wine on a too-empty stomach.
Hangovers are a combination of symptoms from a combination of things that we all experience differently. We don’t always feel all the hangover effects at the same time, but usually feel some combo of dizziness, nausea, indigestion, headaches, dry mouth, disorientation, and fatigue.
We feel these things as our livers work hard to clear out the toxins from drinking too much alcohol. We’re dehydrated and have flushed out essential nutrients and vitamins from our system, and our bodies are reacting from a mild overdose to a depressant (alcohol).
These are our top picks for hangover remedy drinks that you can make at home to detox, rehydrate, replenish, and repair your bodies.
1. Iced Tea Refresher
Cooled Green Tea + Cooled Peppermint Tea + Honey + Lemon
Green tea has caffeine to give you a little pick-me-up from your hangover and peppermint tea soothes your stomach. Honey, made up of antioxidants, minerals, and fructose, helps your body gets rid of the alcohol faster. Lemon helps your overworked liver as it detoxifies your body.
2. Coconut Water Rehydrator
Coconut Water + Ginger Ale
A popular South Asian hangover cure, coconut water has also become popular in the West in the past few years for its touted electrolyte and hydrating abilities. Mix it with natural ginger ale, as ginger has been proven to settle the stomach and help with nausea, to make a drink that will help with your indigestion, nausea, and dehydration.
3. Liver-Loving Smoothie
½ of a small beet
2 apples, cut into pieces
1 orange, peeled and quartered
Juice of ½ of a lemon
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, Add ice and water as needed to thin to the consistency or frostiness you like.
Beets contain a chemical that stimulates the liver and helps with hangover detox. The apples, orange, and lemon provide nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that you have lost.
4. Berry Soda
Sprite + Cranberry Juice + Lime
Citrus fruits and cranberries support liver health and a recent study published in Food and Function shows that Sprite helps with hangover symptoms.
5 Fruity Banana Smoothie
Bananas + Fruit + Ice
Bananas, full of potassium and magnesium, help with headaches and to replenish the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost, and the other great-tasting fruit gives you an added boost of sugar, vitamins, and minerals so you’ll feel better faster. If you don’t like a thick smoothie, thin with water and ice.