A Hungover Cure For Hangovers: Bourbon & Sandwich

There once was a virtuoso who quite strangely ended up mastering the one-liner instead of the violin. As he fiddled on stage playing to his routine, Harry Youngman made a very pertinent remark – “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.

”Have a little too much to drink on a weeknight and you are sure to notice the acerbity of that observation. Hangovers can and will ruin your day. You can choose to put on your shades and sweat it off on your way to work, but that will hardly make you feel any better as the day goes on.

The cure? It’s a tie between breakfast and a shot of bourbon.

How about trying it all together into one neat sandwich?


  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 8 slices of crusty sandwich bread
  • 250gms cheese,preferably a combination of cheddar and Gruyere
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 6 tbsp oil

The Process

Heat the oil in a large fry pan and cook the onions along with bourbon, brown sugar, salt and pepper, turning it over frequently till it caramelizes. Stir in a large teaspoon full of butter and set aside. Combine the cheeses in a bowl and split it into four equal portions, pressing each into a patty about the size of the bread slices. Spread a quarter of the fried onion mixture on to four slices of bread, top with the cheese patty, and cover with the remaining slices. Butter the outside surface of each sandwich, and set them on a hot skillet, turning and cooking each side for about two minutes till its crispy golden brown, and the cheese begins to ooze out. Slice diagonally and serve with fried eggs, sunny side up or lightly seasoned French fries.

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The humble bread and butter pudding dates back to the 11th century – and through the decades, it has witnessed several makeovers before landing on the dessert menu of every upscale British restaurant.Initially, it was a frugal dish meant for rainy days, when you had little more than bread and butter in the larder. Since then, however, it has become synonymous with rich comfort food – and with the addition of chocolate, a decadent finish to a premium meal.Let’s explore the next step in the journey – bread and butter pudding, topped off with marmalade and whiskey. Comprising four ingredients you can probably get straight from the pantry, this is a guilty pleasure you can make at short notice and serve at an impromptu dinner party with pride.While the recipe (for 6 to 8 people) works well with most popular brews, we recommend The Famous Grouse – a unique Scotch whisky which gains a distinctive sweetness from being aged in sherry casks.

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