Your New Year’s Day Hangover Cure Is This Rum Cocktail


The Kraken cure

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor

If you celebrated New Year’s Eve right, chances are you’ll be feeling a little worse for wear when January 1 rolls around. To make sure you don’t carry that feeling over to January 2, try this unique cocktail from our friends at Mexican all-inclusive resort Grand Velas Riviera Maya, who’ll be serving it at their New Year’s Day brunch and assure us that it’ll halt any hangover in its tracks. Named for the kraken, a massive and mythical squid-like sea monster, it’s an unusual and appropriately oceanic take on the “hair of the dog.”

Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s Kraken


1.5  teaspoons         mezcal

.5 teaspoon               Maggi seasoning sauce

.5 teaspoon               Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons              cooked and diced octopus

5 ounces                   amber beer

2 ounces                   Clamato

1                                  octopus tentacle (cooked)

1                                  stalk celery

juice of half a lime


First, rim a beer mug with lime and salt. Next, pour Mezcal, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and Maggi Sauce in the mug. Then, add the diced octopus. Fill half the mug with beer and the rest with clamato. Garnish with a celery stick and the tentacle. Enjoy!