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We have all been there the day after a bit of overindulgence that we are willing to try about any cure available to make the pain go away. While most reach for the ibuprofen and water, some prefer the hair of the dog.

The expression the hair of the dog, for an alcoholic drink taken to cure a hangover, is a shortening of ‘a hair of the dog that bit you’. It comes from an old belief that someone bitten by a rabid dog could be cured of rabies by taking a potion containing some of the dog’s hair. (Source: Oxford Dictionary)

While the most popular morning concoctions are the bloody mary and mimosa, I decided to go a different route with a blast from the past. I am not sure where it originated, but I got it from a daily calendar my wife gave me for Christmas.

The recipe comes from poet John Heywood in 1546. Some Google research found the quote in which he used the phrase the hair of the dog, but not the recipe the calendar shared.

  • 1.5 oz Scotch (we used Balcones Texas Rye)
  • A spoonful of honey
  • a teaspoon of cream
  • Mix ingredients into a shaker
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a glass
  • Enjoy!

Hair of the Dog Whiskey Cocktails for the Texas Whiskey Festival

My first impression of the drink was not the worst thing I have tasted.

Don’t have a hangover or want something to cool down with on our hot Texas summer give our Texas Lemonade a try.