We all know how to drink, right? Especially during Derby, when we all turn into a combination of marathon imbibers and drinking experts.

But, do we know how to recover? It is the given repercussion of our actions to feel less than stellar the next day. I straw-polled our readers, who enthusiastically gave me great advice on the best hangover cures. I’m not suggesting you get drunk; rather, I’m suggesting that you should read this and refer back to it in case you find you are overserved this weekend.

Best Hangover Remedies

I’ve listed the answers below in several categories: hydrate, medicate, caffeinate, feed, sweat … and the obvious. Some are old favorites; others were new to me. But people were so passionate about their answers that they have to be worth a try.


Before Bed:

  • Water (obviously)
  • Gatorade
  • Coconut water

Day After:

  • Hair of the dog (aka your choice of cocktail)
  • Sprite
  • Bloody Mary (most said spicy, and with horseradish)
  • Coconut water
  • Pedialyte
  • Rooibee Red Tea
  • Hookup to an IV of fluids (three people said this!)
  • Gingerale
  • Club Soda and Bitters
  • (see Caffeinate below for more suggestions)

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  • McDonald’s Diet Coke or regular Coke
  • Starbucks venti black iced tea
  • Cold can of Diet Coke poured over cubed ice in a Styrofoam cup

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  • Potatoes in any fashion: hash browns, French fries, potato casserole
  • Big Mac or double cheeseburger of your choice
  • Pho
  • Toast, plain or with peanut butter
  • Eggs of any fashion
  • Hardee’s biscuits
  • Mexican (SATCO in Nashville, in particular, works magically)
  • Sushi
  • Editor’s note: Anything you can keep down


  • Hot Yoga
  • Long Sweaty Run
  • Steamroom



We had a few of these answers and they are the voice of reason:

  • “Not drinking! Never a hangover! It is truly the best cure! I’m sure this isn’t the advice you are looking for, but it is great advice! Just saying.”
  • “Not getting drunk. Agh! I know I’m not the only wiseacre who said that.”


  • 12 hours of total darkness and sleep. A little intermittent Diet Coke, as well. (This from college roommate. Some things never change.)
  • For a marathon day like a Derby/Steeplechase, you have to alternate each alcohol drink with a glass of water. (And no, a scotch and water doesn’t count.)
  • A sweaty run, and it works better if you puke during the run. Demons be gone.
  • A cocktail immediately upon arrival at the track.
  • If you happen to be in London, you can hit the Hangover Bus for relief.

Cheers to you! And I hope that you do NOT have to use any of these methods.