Hangover Soup


There are so many different ideas for what will remedy a bad hangover, like a big fry up, special juices or hair of the dog, however, I believe I have come across a real winner. In Colombia, there is a soup called ‘Sancocho’ that while is not only used for this purpose, can really help you out after a big night out. In fact, it is so popular and effective that on Christmas Day (Colombians typically celebrate till all hours on Christmas Eve) and New Year’s Day you will find families sitting outside their houses around a large pot sharing this soup to calm their headaches.

Also, this can be prepared earlier, so if you are too hungover to cook you just need to put it back on the stove to heat it up. Do not be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, as it is really quite simple to make. It is also a good meal to do outdoors over a fire, with everyone chipping in to help get it prepared.


1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp annatto
1 red capsicum, finely chopped
3 litres of water
8 pieces of chicken (whichever cut you like)
500 grams of pork or ribs cut into chunks
500 grams beef cut into chunks
4 potatoes peeled and chopped into big pieces
500 grams of peeled cassava (yuca root) chopped into big pieces
2 green plantains, cut into big pieces
4 pieces of corn on the cob
1 stalk of spring onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
Black pepper
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp chopped coriander
(If you are unable to get your hands on cassava or plantain, you could put in sweet potato instead)


Put the onion, capsicum, garlic, annatto and cumin in a blender and mix with 1/4 cup of water and then pour into a large pot. Add the beef, pork, chicken, corn, salt and plantain into the pot with the water and bring to the boil. Then put on the lid and bring the heat down to let it cook for around 45 minutes. Next, you need to add the potatoes and cassava, cooking for another 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Then add the cilantro, and taste to see if you need to add extra salt or pepper.

Serve in big soup bowl dividing the ingredients so everyone gets a good share of meat and vegetables. This meal can be eaten alone, or if you want more, then it tastes great with white rice and avocado on the side

Do you have a great hangover recipe that works every time? Share your comments below.

Katie Reaburn

Katie is keen on cooking and adapting meals to make them easy for the campsite. She loves hosting parties with different themes, food and drinks. She enjoys writing and sharing a variety of her experiences from different cultures. She also is an animal lover having lived with a large amount of different pets.