Salty Hound, Pinada, and Fountain of Youth: Drink Recipes with No Hangover

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You may have seen it the last time you went out clubbing or bar hopping; the sleek little cans of Mercy have slowly been making their way into the nooks and crannies of Miami's night scene since May 2011. According to Mercy's makers, it's a beverage that supposedly helps prevent hangovers. For every four alcoholic drinks, one 8.4 ounce can of Mercy is said to counter the after-effects.

How is it supposed to work? It's a nifty blend of amino acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins (most importantly, B1). When they work together, the power recipe helps the body replenish key nutrients and kicks the body's defenses into gear, allowing the chances of hangover symptoms like headaches and nausea to lessen.

Does it really work? Well, we have our doubts. Truth be told, Mercy is entering a world of other anti-hangover drinks out there that have the skeptics swarming, like NOHO and OKF Alcohol Doctor. We'll leave the experimentations up to you. At 60 calories a can and caffeine-free, the citrus flavored beverage can be found at lounges, hotels, and clubs around Miami. You can drink it before you go to sleep or include it in your drinks.

We'd prefer you to tell us what you think.

Behold a few cocktail recipes that will have "mercy" on your bodily temple.

Salty Hound
1 1/2 oz of vodka
2 1/2 oz of ruby red grapefruit juice
Pinch of sea salt
Dash of pineapple juice
2 oz of Mercy

Combine all ingredients except Mercy in a shaker, add ice, shake, strain over ice filled rocks glass and float with Mercy.

1 1/2 oz of tequila
2 1/2 oz of pineapple juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
2 oz of Mercy

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Float with Mercy.

1 1/2 oz of rum, single malt, bourbon
1/2 oz of liquefied honey (dissolve 1 part honey in 1 part hot water, allow to cool)
2 oz of Mercy

Combine all ingredients (except Mercy) in a shaker, strain over ice filled tumbler. Float with Mercy.

Fountain of Youth
1 1/2 oz of gin or vodka
3 oz of white cranberry juice
3 drops of PIMMS NO1 or Angostura Bitters
Splash of fresh lime juice
3 cucumber slices
2 oz of Mercy

Muddle cucumber slices in a shaker glass. Add all other ingredients except Mercy and shake. Strain mixture, float with Mercy.

1 1/2 oz of Svedka Clementine
2 oz of pear juice/nectar or pineapple juice
1/2 oz of mango juice
1/4 oz of fresh lemon juice
Pinch of mild curry
Dash of Grenadine
1 oz of Mercy

Combine all ingredients, except Mercy, in a shaker glass filled with ice. Shake, strain liquid into a sherry glass or champagne flute. Float with Mercy.

Tobacco Vanille
1 1/2 oz of spiced rum
1/2 oz of honey
Pinch of sandalwood
Splash of natural vanilla extract (or vanilla vodka)
1 tsp of fig jam
2 1/2 oz pear juice
1 float of Mercy

Float all ingredients on top of each other in an ice-filled highball glass.

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