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Prepare your home for
excellent laying-around comfort. Light all the candles you have, and
provide a few blankets scented with soothing fabric softener. Pick up
some non-taxing magazines like People, Cosmopolitan, and Bon Appetit and
arrange them on the coffee table. Have a supply of aspirin, antacids,
and B- complex vitamins (the thiamin abbreviates the effects of alcohol
in your system.) Think of how you nurse your own hangovers, and then
multiply it by the number of guests you expect.
of the Dog
Most of your guests
will balk at the mere thought of any alcoholic beverages the Day After.
But, they say, the cause is the cure. Itís up to you to show
them that a little dose of their current enemy will actually make them
feel a whole lot better. Provide a light beer for thirsts unsatisfied
the night before, and stock a few cans of Guinness to satisfy more Irish tendencies to jump back into the swing of things.
important to have enough coffee for everyone. If all you have is a
10-cup maker, consider renting a church-style coffee urn with a spigot
so no one goes un-medicated. The proper accompaniment for the coffee is
Baileyís Irish Cream liqueur, though Iíve found that lower-cost
alternatives such as Carolanís or Emmetís are comparable.
Beverages to Keep Handy:
bottled water. And plenty of it.
Marys are always a welcome day-after sight. Provide the ingredients:
Tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, Tabasco, Worcestershire,
horseradish, black pepper, sliced
lemons, pickles, celery stalks, and fancy garlic-stuffed olives if
you like. Then let your guests serve themselves.
and cranberry juices, and mango nectar. Have readyan iced bottle of
high-quality vodka to chaperon the juices.
assortment of teas, and a squeeze bottle of honey. Try genmaicha, a
green tea fortified with bits of toasted brown rice, and lapsang
souchoung, a smoked black tea that smells like liquid campfire.
a pitcher of Rumplestiltskins: Mix 2 cups orange juice with a packet
of Crystal Light Lemonade in a pitcher or shakable container. Add
some crushed ice and fill to top of container with cheap, light
beer. Shake or stir vigorously. Serve with more ice and straw in
tall glass. Sounds weird, but quenches thirst better than Gatorade.
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