7 Weird Hangover Cures from Around the World

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

You wake up with the headache from hell. You’re dehydrated, exhausted, and hungry. Some of our worst hangovers can happen when we’re traveling. Life is even more of a celebration when you’re on vacay. But even still, you’re desperate to soften the edge of this hangover.

From time-honored to unexpected and downright strange, every culture has one. From hair-of-the-dog formulas to deep fried goodness, and seriously gross concoctions, we’ve got the best and the brightest in global hangover grub. So grab some Advil, guzzle some aqua, and try your hand at one of these crazy/wonderful hangover bites.

1. Buffalo Milk

Don’t worry we’re not actually talking the milk of a buffalo here. Buffalo milk is a concoction drank in Namibia the day after a long night out and it’s basically a booze float made with ice cream, dark rum, cream liqueur, spiced rum, and whole cream, all mixed up into a totally delicious albeit numbing hangover cure, as seen on the show Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey.

2. Tripe Soup

This is a Turkish favorite. It’s a thick soup made with tripe or the eatable stomach of livestock and then cooked with garlic and cream. The tripe is boiled and the steaming offal soup is known for both preventing and curing a massive hangover.

3. Bloody Mary

Sometimes the best way to get rid of a hangover is to party on into the next day. Taking the edge off with a next day beverage is nothing new and in the United States the Bloody Mary is the hair-of-the-dog choice. The sometimes spicy tomato cocktail was invented in the 1920′s. The drink was supposedly invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France, though it’s somewhat disputed.

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4. Deep Fried Canaries

According to Urban Legends, deep fried canaries were the hangover cure of choice for the Ancient Romans. The Ancient Romans loved their cheese and of course the wine that went along with it. And on those days when they sipped on a bit too much vino they devoured deep fried canaries. The small bird was deep fried simply with oil, salt, and pepper and served to an ailing upper class that had partied into the wee hours.

5. Banana Milkshakes

If you actually want to make a real difference in your hangover, then a banana milkshake may do the trick. According to Sara Snow, banana milkshakes refuel an aching body after a long night out. Just combine a banana with 1/2 cup milk and a few ice cubes. The potent combination is high in Vitamin B, which is severely depleted from overindulgence. It also replaces electrolytes and potassium and it’s soothing to the stomach.

6. Poutine

According to Zane Lamprey from the show Three Sheets, in Whistler Canada after a big night out everyone heads to Zog’s Dogs for poutine or fries with cheese curds and gravy. You can get poutine with chili sauce or even spaghetti meat sauce. Coupled with Dude Beer, a pale lager made in British Columbia, you’ll be back on the slopes in no time.

7. Egg Benedict

This is an old school favorite that originated in New York City, according to the Guardian. In 1894, New York socialite Samuel Benedict invented the quintessential morning after meal while recovering from a big night out. He asked the Waldorf Astoria hotel staff to whip him up his own creation, now known as Eggs Benedict: half an English muffin, topped with bacon or ham, poached eggs, and rich Hollandaise sauce.

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Penny C.
Penny C.2 years ago


Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

i think a banana milkshake sounds good! the rest of this business sounds awful!!! especially tripe and buffalo milk? ew! and deep fried canaries? ew! glad i won't need all this stuff!!!

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.3 years ago

Oh yes, a hangover can eradicate the memries of a good time. Not worth it... moderation is the key. Thanks, very interesting .

Jos� Mar�

Interesting and useful

Susan H.
Susan H.3 years ago

But the weirdest of all is not listed: raw herring with chopped onion (Netherlands)

Rosa mc
Lydia Mcintyre3 years ago

Thanks. I find a drink(alcohol) and a vigorous workout helps a hangover.

Calum Health
health truth3 years ago


The top 11 best hangover cures in the world

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv3 years ago

A friend of mine who likes a glass or two or ....of wine suggested putting ice blocks in the wine, stops the dehydration. Guess what, it has definitely worked for me.

Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

I have the perfect cure for a hangover.

Don't drink so much that you're hungover the next day.

Anyway, if you're dehydrated, bananas are great for replacing the potassium that you lost while letting your fluids. It cuts down on the achiness you feel. I'll take that with my eggs benedict for my breakfast anyway, even if I don't have a hang over.