And I don't mean the movie.
With all the festivities around Christmas and New Year's, it's hangover week in a lot of houses.
It seems that, especially as I get older, even if I don't drink all that much, I pay for it the next day. It probably has something to do with being woken up by an energetic three-year old several hours before I'm ever ready...
That's why I was more than a little grateful when the nice people at Fernet Branca sent me an email titled "Get over Your Hangover," along with a real live sample of Fernet Branca itself.
Fernet Branca is an amaro, which basically means it's Italian bitters (or, as Cooper would say, "It's Italian; it's worth more than you're life.") According to herbalists (also Italian, I'm guessing), the liqueur is made of more than 40 herbs that, together, comprise a stellar hangover cure.
Whether it's the herbs or placebo effect, I don't know (or care) but anything that will help out with the morning after is good with me. Plus, a dash of Fernet Branca adds a little depth (and a little topaz color) to a plain old mimosa. It's good, and would make an excellent addition to any New Year's Day brunch bar set-up.
On that note, happy New Year's Eve Eve!