So, the party’s over and it’s New Year’s Day. Hopefully, it was an awesome night, staying up late with friends and ringing in the New Year with a bit of bubbly or maybe a bit too much bubbly.
What is most needed the morning after? Coffee, of course!
Some will wake around noon, look around, and think, “I could really use a shot of strong coffee.”
Those of you with kids will dream of waking around noon. You’ll really need a pick-me-up.
The Hair of the Dog and Drinking Responsibly
Ever heard the expression “the hair of the dog?” This seems to originate in Scotland, referring to a cure for being bitten by a raid dog. Some believed that putting some of the hairs of the dog into your bite wound would prevent the typical consequences.
“If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail the next day.”
Today, many believe drinking a little more alcohol the morning after a big night of partying will help a hangover. While it temporarily relieves the pain of a throbbing head, however, it is not a cure.
If you want to try the hair of the dog technique for pain relief, a few of our suggestions of coffee drinks to perk you up after a night out – or a late night in – do contain alcohol. These are small amounts, which might help ease you into the day alongside caffeine, too.
First, however, make sure you have a glass of water to start off. This will help ease your hangover, because alcohol is a diuretic that can cause dehydration. Since coffee may also contribute to dehydration, drink plenty of water first. Add a little lemon for a mild flavor.
If you do intend to drink or you have been drinking, make sure that you don’t drive. If you are feeling really ill, avoid more alcohol altogether! But drink plenty of fluids.
Now, here are some drinks to try so you can continue to celebrate the New Year!
Fresh Ginger Espresso
Cut 2 slices of fresh ginger and place in a small glass.
Brew an espresso or strong coffee and pour it into the glass over the ginger.
Top up with a little hot milk or cream to taste.
Dust with cinnamon and sugar.
Add a pat of butter to your morning coffee. This may sound bizarre, but the fat with the coffee with give you energy and warmth.
Add a teaspoon or so of honey to your espresso or strong coffee. Include a little drop of milk to taste as desired, like an Italian-style macchiato.
Dust with cinnamon or nutmeg for a little twist in flavor.
For the person who needs a little bit of a kick, here are a few ideas with alcohol and coffee together. Remember, drink responsibly.
2 shots of espresso
1 shot of grappa, sambuca, or brandy
The Italians are the originators of espresso. Try this version where you add a little alcohol to the mix.
The tradition varies. In Italy, sometimes the liquor is added directly to the espresso by the bartender. In other cases, a shot glass is put alongside the espresso and the customer can choose their strength.
2 oz. light rum
1 oz. espresso
Optional: sugar and whipped cream
In a small shot or juice glass, pour rum and espresso. Add sugar to taste and whipped cream to garnish.
Buttery Nipple Espresso
1 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 espresso shot or small amount of strong coffee
A modification on the popular B-52 shot, this one will get you going, no problem!
1 oz Frangelico
1 oz vodka
1 oz espresso
Combine all 3 with ice and shake to make this decadent cocktail.
1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
Espresso or strong coffee to taste
Add the 3 liqueurs to a cocktail shaker and blend. Pour into a glass and add approximately a shot (or two) of espresso, or the equivalent of strong coffee. Stir and enjoy.
1 shot espresso or strong coffee
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
2 tsp creme de cacao
1 tsp brandy
A dollop of whipped cream (optional)
Crush the cinnamon stick and add to a shot of espresso. Add the creme de cacao and brandy. Stir. To finish, add a dollop of whipped cream, as desired.
Buy your ingredients a few days before your party so that you will have all you need on hand. Then you can choose how your day will proceed, based on how you feel in the morning.
There are so many varieties of espresso or strong coffee to help you get through the hangover and tiredness of New Year’s Day.
Best wishes for a safe and celebratory New Year’s Eve!