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9 Hangover Cures From Around the World


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Prairie Oyster, U.S.
Liza Minnelli and Michael York enjoy some wine in the movie 'Cabaret'. The prairie oyster is sure to follow. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images
Liza Minnelli and Michael York enjoy some wine in the movie 'Cabaret'. The prairie oyster is sure to follow. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

In the hit musical "Cabaret," singer Sally Bowles calls her typical breakfast a "prairie oyster." The concoction is a whole egg — raw — cracked into a rocks glass, then sprinkled with salt and pepper, plus a few splashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces. You aren't supposed to eat a prairie oyster, you're supposed to drink it. And ideally, you'll quickly gulp it down without breaking the yolk [source: Paull].

The origin of the prairie oyster can be traced back to the late 19th century, although the dish may have been created earlier. Some people use just the yolks in their concoctions, not the entire egg. While it's often purported to be a hangover cure — the spices are supposed to combat the alcohol's toxins, while the egg offers nutrients, namely protein — some view it as a quick fix for the hiccups. Others, less kindly, see it more as an emetic [sources: Schaap, Paull].

Some version of the prairie oyster include brandy. And many "hair of the dog" remedies (alcoholic drinks that will allegedly banish hangovers) feature eggs. In Namibia, for instance, the "hair of the dog" is a concoction of clotted cream, dark rum, spiced rum cream liqueur and whole cream. That actually sounds a bit yummy, but the cure, nicknamed "buffalo milk," is actually more alcohol than milk or cream [source: Strochlic].


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