Your mouth is bone dry. Your head feels thicker than a marshmallow. And the sounds coming from your stomach are loud enough to wake the kids -- the neighbor's kids.
Hangovers suck. We don't expect you to run a marathon on New Year's Day, but wouldn't it be nice to enjoy the first day of the new year instead of lying on the couch with a pounding headache?
The best way to avoid a hangover is by drinking in moderation, says Lance Winters, master distiller and owner of Alameda's iconic St. George's Spirits.
"The trick is to drink smarter," he says. "Sip on something you enjoy and try not to overdo it."
However, if New Year's Eve is the one night you indulge, drink water to avoid dehydration, says Linda Michaelis, a registered dietitian in Alamo.
"I always tell people to have 8 ounces of water right next to their wonderful cocktail," she says. "Hopefully, it cuts your drinking in half because it gets you to slow down."
If you drink 8 ounces of water for every cocktail and still wake up feeling like your head was run over by a steam train, follow these tips from Winters, Michaelis, and Danny Baker, bar manager at District in Oakland.
"I don't think that there's any real magic to it, but the name alone is a great motivator and the 1:1:1:1 ratio of principle ingredients in the one we make is fairly easy for the hung-over brain to remember how to mix," says Winters' wife, Ellie.
Here's the recipe, adapted from "The Savoy Cocktail Book" (Pavilion, 2007)
Corpse Reviver No. 2
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash absinthe
Mix ingredients in a shaker, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with orange peel.