The confetti has been popped, the champagne bottles are empty, the lights have been taken down and the ornaments are safely stowed away somewhere. It’s really over guys. There may be some pine needles that need to be vacuumed up and the recycle bin definitely has to be taken out. But if you’re like me, you are sitting back at work today and the holidays are over and done with. So in case you overdid it a bit, here’s something to make the morning after a little less torturous.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, there may be some scientific merit to the old “hair of the dog” school of thought, namely that a quick way to tamper down your hangover is with uh, more alcohol? Of course you could also drink lots of water, eat a balanced breakfast, go for a long run, take a hot shower and then spend a low key afternoon detoxing. But those are all quite the endeavours, so if you feel a little less like lacing up your running shoes and hitting the ground running (wah literally and figuratively) and more like staying right where you are and making (yet another) cocktail with minimal (but hopefully medicinal) properties, this might be your cup of tea (/coffee?).
Basically you brew up a double shot of espresso (super easy if you have a nifty Capresso machine like this one), add a shot of half and half, a shot of sweetened condensed milk, and a shot of Fernet Branca, whip it up and then serve on ice. The caffeine should wake you up (also helps with headaches), the sweetened condensed milk has sugar to give you some energy, and the cream makes it all go down easy. Fernet is an herbal liquer and is supposed to help with digestion so you have that going for you too.
PELO DEL CANE
- 3 oz espresso
- 1.5 oz half and half
- 1.5 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1.5 oz Fernet Branca
- Combine all ingredients together and whisk well.
- Serve over ice
I know a recipe with alcohol, coffee, sugar and cream is very anti-New Year’s resolutions but I think there will be plenty of other places for you to source turmeric tonics and vegetable-centric meal prep plans from. Happy New Year and happy hair of the dog-ing. If all else fails, take an Aleve and go back to sleep. There is still a plenty of 2017 left to get after it.
Thanks to Ashley from Field Marketing & Media for the Capresso Ultima Pro! My mom was beyond happy to have an espresso machine there when she was visiting for the holidays and it probably has collectively saved us bajillions of dollars in not-going to coffee shops. My mum drinks a lot of coffee :P