The holiday party season is officially on. For most that means more food, more libations, and more regret the morning after. I was out recently with a friend, when a little after-work drink turned into a tasting menu with wine pairings, then last call at 1AM. She was bemoaning the difficulties she'd have the next day on her early conference call. She wondered how I manage to go out eating and drinking almost every night of the week sans hangover? I explained my simple protocol perfected on the party circuit.
Campari and soda is my last call beverage. Regardless of what alcoholic combinations you've had throughout the evening, the bitters, herbs and bubbles will settle the stomach. Have an alka-seltzer and big glass of water before you go to sleep, they will help your body hydrate and repair during the night. The next morning (or afternoon as the case may be) coffee, more water and one of those Emergen-C vitamin C fizzy drink packets. A solid breakfast/lunch of carbs and protein, like a burger or pasta, replenishes the gas tank. Lastly, make a trip to the gym. It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise when you're exhausted, but it does help to reeve the engine and sweat out the sins of the previous evening. By the time you're done, you should be fresh as a daisy, and ready for another night out.