memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Hair of the dog

A hangover is the experience of various unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. The most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy and thirst, typically after the intoxicating effect of the alcohol begins to wear off. While a hangover can be experienced at any time, generally speaking it is experienced the morning after a night of heavy drinking.

–          I say Jeeves, I feel as though the entire percussion section of the London Philharmonic is practising inside my skull.

–          Indeed Sir.

–          Yes, be a good fellow and fetch me one of your special pick-me-ups, would you.

Jeeves shimmered out of the room and went to the kitchen to prepare a Bloody Mary

2 vodka – 3 tomato juice – half lemon juice – ground salt & pepper – 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce – 5 drops Tabasco – lemon & celery.

He shook up all the ingredients with practised flick of his wrists, poured the concoction over crushed ice into a glass, added the garnishes and then placed the frosted glass onto a silver salver. He re-entered the darkened room and wordlessly served his master who downed the restorative fluid with one long gulping draft.

–          Ah, that certainly hit the spot! You’re a bloody marvel, Jeeves, you’ve saved my life again!

–          Happy to be of service, Sir.

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