Party Recovery Time!

So, you just threw the best 4th of July party on the block – in fact, maybe even the best 4th of July party the neighborhood has ever seen! Everyone ate, drank and was merry, fireworks were spectacular, drinks and junk food abounded and now your body is crying out for some R & R – not to mention some added nourishment. Here are my tips for relieving those too-much-of-a-good-thing head and tummy aches (and Mom and Dad, click here to go to my hangover cure breakfast!).

The Bloody Mary has always been the go to hair-of-the-dog drink to ease the pains of a hangover. Try this version if last night’s celebration got a bit carried away!



  • 1 quart tomato juice or V8
  • 1 cup of your favorite vodka
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime
  • a couple dashes A-1 Steak sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons horseradish 
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive juice
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt (or to taste, use your best judgment)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste, use your best judgment)
  • dash black pepper

Mix everything together in a pitcher and refrigerate. You can always make this the night before a party or brunch. Serve over ice and garnish with a celery stalk – although you can get creative and garnish with whatever you like. Now sit back, relax and prepare to feel fantastic!

As for those tummy aches from competing in the hotdog eating contest or just overindulging, try these home remedies to feel better in time to enjoy the weekend!


Ginger or Peppermint Tea

Ginger’s main ingredient is gingerol, a strong antioxidant which also decreases nausea and discomfort, and Peppermint calms the stomach muscles. Good news – ginger chews and peppermint candies work, as well!

Apple Cider Vinegar

This has become known as something of a wonder cure, and can be used to assist with digestion, help absorb nutrients, and to treat stomach aches. Just put a few teaspoons in a glass of cold or warm water.

Heating Pad

Let your kiddo (or yourself!) settle down with a blanket, book or movie and a heating pad.

Play a Game Outside

Even though curling up in bed when you have a belly ache sounds like the best idea, getting some activity outside can actually help faster. Playing or running can help movement through the GI tract – lying in bed is more likely to get you constipated! And, hey, no one wants that!

How do you recover from a party-heavy holiday?


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Gourmet Dad
  • Jun Alapag

    i had fun. i was selling popcorn and water for $1.00 and the crackers for .50 cents outside of my apartment on the grass all day through the night. i had party food and the red hot dog wiener was 100% HOT! Dean, 100%, it could almost be an eternity. i tried drinking water for it, my shasta, man it was still “HOT!’ the Hot dogs one which its connected to each other and looked red.

  • Kathleen O

    Well, since I’m Canadian – no, I didn’t do anything special yesterday other than go to work, then come home to do laundry and shampoo some carpets.
    One remedy you haven’t mentioned is the Canadian “Caesar”, or as it’s known in our house “Seizure!” – haha. It’s a bloody mary made with Clamato juice instead of tomato. I can’t touch it myself since I’m highly allergic to shellfish (molluscs and crustaceans) but it’s one of my husband’s faves.
    Serve that with breakfast and it’s a great hangover cure. Since I drink rarely, two drinks is enough to send me to bed and of course no hangover from that little bit of alcohol.
    I did make some strawberry daquiris last weekend and put the batch in the freezer so I’m looking forward to a taste test this weekend since it will be hot and very muggy up here in Ontario.

  • I’myourVenus

    You should educate the Americans on the Cesar drink. Whenever, I’ve tried to order one they think I’m talking about the salad. Such a pity because they are delish! I have lived in many states and not one had a clue. Oh well… Off to make a Cesar– the drink of course! Lol


  • Dean McDermott

    That DOES sound fun :)

  • Dean McDermott

    Have one for me, too!

  • Dean McDermott

    O Canada – this brings back memories, thanks for posting about it, Kathleen!

  • Kathy Huntley

    Apple cider viniger is also used for
    Weight Loss as Well Dean & people.
    Personally I haven’t tried it BUT I Hear
    It IS
    AMAZING To Help lose Un/Wanted

  • Kathy Huntley

    Oppppppssssss Spelled Vinegar Wrong in my comment below this one