If your customers have enjoyed themselves a little too much the night before, what can they do to alleviate their hangover the following day? That’s the question put out globally by ebookers recently which evoked a flood of suggestions, some of which, as we can see from what follows, could well have one reaching for the retch bucket one more time. However while the cures themselves are often highly questionable, ebookers’ amusing descriptions of some of these hangover ‘cures’ make them somewhat easier to digest.
In the Philippines, for example, ebookers suggests that, “After a night on the local Filipino liquor of Tuba or Lambanog, both made from coconut sap, or gin for which the Philippines are the largest consumer, you’re likely to feel as fragile as a bird in its shell. So stick to theme with the Filipino hangover cure of choice: Balut. A local delicacy that sees diners slurp down an unhatched bird embryo served in its shell; folklore claims these eggy wonders are a miracle food for pregnant women, healthy sex drives and most importantly, hangovers.”
In Italy, ebookers refers to the Ancient Roman tradition of eating a Deep Fried Canary: “After a night of wine and debauchery like only a Bacchanal orgy can provide, Ancient Romans would cure their hangovers by eating a deep fried canary. We’re not sure you’d get away with doing your grocery shopping at the pet shop nowadays.”
There again the Italians are not averse to dried bull penis, either.
“Martini, Limoncello, Campari, Prosecco, Italy is no stranger when it comes to making good alcohol, unfortunately it doesn’t come much stranger than their hangover cure. An old Sicilian belief, apparently nibbling the knob of a bull can heal your hangover woes. Just make sure it’s been cut and dried first, there are laws against that sort of thing,” warns eboookers.
Next time: Green Ant Tea from the Outback….