I love curling up on the couch with a beloved book and a glass of wine. For me, it's a solid Friday night that I wouldn't trade for one akin to those in my 20s. But in addition to more low-key nights, my almost mid-30s has brought along a friend — the likeliness of a hangover if I exceed one glass of wine. It makes me feel ancient, but it's just the truth. I'm not alone, right? Well, before the holidays kick in, I say we plan for better results with holiday cocktails that won't give you a hangover.
Well, that is, of course, as long as you use your judgment and appreciate their quality instead of quantity. After all, if you're anything like me, then it won't matter how light on the alcohol these cocktails are — eventually it all catches up with you. Of course, one of the benefits of many of these drinks is that they include mixers, like fruit juice, which, according to Cosmopolitan, can help prevent a hangover. Drinking a solid glass of water and even popping an ibuprofen before bed can also help nix chances of a pounding headache in the morning. And don't be quick to dismiss the "hair of the dog" theory: According to Healthline, a bit of alcohol the next day really might help squelch a hangover (although it's not recommended as a remedy).
I've added a special touch and paired each cocktail with a specific type of holiday event. Because who would pass up a Dark and Stormy Cocktail when the in-laws are in town? If you're pregnant, then don't worry. I've got you covered with a delicious mocktail that will help you fit in with the rest of the holiday crowds.
Delicious cocktails minus the headache? Sign me up.