Being hungover is anathema to weekend excellence. You wake up with a mouth like the Sahara desert, drool on the pillow, and a headache that feels like a drill to the brain. Luckily, one of the most tried and true methods of combating the effects of a hangover is to dust yourself off and start drinking again. Since the 1800s, bartenders have been hard at work creating cocktails meant to ease the ache in your head and kick your ass back into gear.

Hair-of-the-dog cocktails usually contain several ingredients to get you back in fighting shape. Eggs are the most popular because they contain the protein your struggling body needs. The white goes into any “fizz” cocktail, while the yolk can be seasoned with salt and pepper to be swallowed whole. Many drinks contain fruit and vegetable juices, which inject you with vitamins and help to alleviate headaches caused by dehydration. Additionally, liquors like Fernet Branca have medicinal qualities that, even if they’ve been debunked, at least deliver bracing flavor that will help open up your bleary eyes.

To help you with your bounce-back manaveurs, we’ve searched high and low for the best hair-of-the-dog cocktails recipes so that you won’t have to hide under your covers all day. Check out our favorite pick-me-up drinks, then try to summon the strength to make one of them—you won’t regret it. 

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