Cocktails & Spirits

Miami Bartenders Share Their Hangover Cures

Beaker & Gray's bar manager, Ben Potts, makes the restaurant's signature cocktail, the Halliwell.
Beaker & Gray's bar manager, Ben Potts, makes the restaurant's signature cocktail, the Halliwell.
For many people, January 1 begins with a throbbing headache, light sensitivity, and nausea: Welcome to your first hangover of 2020.

Although time is the only true cure for a hangover, according to the Mayo Clinic, countless age-old remedies can help alleviate the suffering.

And is there anyone who knows hangovers better than a Miami bartender? Here are some of their favorite cures to help you survive the aftermath of New Year's Eve.

Ryan Brooks

The Mighty
2224 SW 22nd St., Miami

As owner and operator of the Mighty, Ryan Brooks knows his way around a hangover. After years of tending bar in San Francisco at the likes of the Boom Boom Room, Brooks controls his postdrinking woes with natural electrolytes and Mexican food. "A healthy dose of coconut water and carnitas burritos are my go-tos," he shares.

Andi Cruzatti

143 NW 23rd St., Miami

The beverage director at 1-800-Lucky has a special mocktail she whips up after a long night of drinking. "Mix together turmeric, honey, cayenne, lemon, and ginger," 1-800-Lucky's Andi Cruzatti says. If all else fails, opt for a classic michelada with a lot of hot sauce.

Ranieri Cassuola

The Sylvester
3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Ranieri Cassuola, bar manager at the Sylvester in Midtown Miami, keeps hangovers at bay with water and exercise. "If I do over-drink, I drink a lot of water and go for a run. That usually works."

Willy Estrada

Minnow Bar
660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

The Minnow Bar's Willy Estrada swears by this hair of the dog. “My ultimate hangover remedy is a shot of mezcal with cucumber water, tomato juice, and chile. First mezcal, then vegetable juice.”

Jesus Perez

Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery
1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Jesus Perez, a bartender at Miami Beach's Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery, leans on some hair of the dog and comfort food. "My top hangover remedy is a shot of mezcal and four croquetas from La Rosa Bakery. It's closest to home, so I don't have to crawl too far."

Ben Potts

Beaker & Gray
2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Bar manager and partner of Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, Ben Potts takes a practical approach. “Set your alarm two hours before you need to be up, get up, drink a liter of water, and take a pain reliever. Go back to sleep for an hour. Wake up again and drink some caffeine and exercise for 20 minutes (run, bike, walk fast). Take a shower, have a green juice, and meditate for ten minutes." Potts swears that if you follow his directions, you'll feel better. "There is nothing that routine can't cure.”

Chris Rodriguez

Sweet Caroline
1111 SW First Ave., Miami

Chris Rodriguez says his most effective hangover cure has always been time. The Sweet Caroline bar manager adds a little self-care into the mix. "My personal remedy is a long, hot shower and a good breakfast. The rest from there is all mental. Stay positive and continue your day. That bad feeling will eventually go away." If the head-pounding is too nagging, Rodriguez offers a shortcut to salvation: "If you don't have time to wait it out, a michelada also does the trick.”
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for
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