George Strait revealed his fail-safe hangover cure while on a tour to promote his tequila brand, Codigo. Spoiler: it's Mexican food. Next time you're hungover you can thank Mexico for this recipe because according to the country star...it really does work. And no, it has nothing to do with tacos.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Strait gave his take on drinking and tequila, along with his go-to hangover cure: Menudo.
"It's tripe soup. It's very, very tasty," Strait says. "When I happen to have the occasional hangover, which I try not to, if I can get Menudo, that's what I get."
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Menudo is a traditional spicy Mexican soup made from cow stomach, also known as tripe, and a broth of red chili peppers, cilantro, onion, lime, and oregano. You can find it at most Mexican restaurants around Texas.
Strait went on to say he doesn't drink all that often anymore. He'll down a shot of tequila with his band before heading out for an encore, but that's about it. That being said, it's fun to know what Strait will be eating if he finds himself with a booze-born headache.
There may be something to his claims. According to Texas Monthly, a bowl of Menudo really might be what you need to heal your body on a Sunday morning as an alternative to the hair of the dog.
"Tripe soups the world over are believed to possess such therapeutic qualities. The Greeks, the Turks, and many Eastern Europeans, to name just a few, all believe in the powers of cow stomach stews for the remnant wooziness that can follow a saucy spree."
While it might not fully heal the deadliest hangovers, spoonfuls of the savory soup contain high quantities of vitamin B which might be what makes you feel a little bit better. Outside of a headache, stomach pains from a hangover are pretty unbearable so if this comfort food can even remotely help that, I'm on board.
While the soup recipe might seem labor-intensive, it stays good in the fridge for a few days so you can prepare a batch if you know you have a crazy night out coming up.
This article was originally published in 2019.