How do you prevent hangovers from drinking cider?

So…we often get asked how we manage to drink as much hard cider and cider craft cocktails as we do without paying the price for it the next day. (You know what we mean.) The reality is of course, hangovers vary by person, volume and type of alcohol consumed. But when drinking cider is your job, that often means more than the average person, especially during industry events like cider conferences or cider judging sessions – some of which start at 9am and last until 5pm! So as any good alcohol industry professional will tell you, it’s all about finding the hangover prevention techniques and products that work for you. Here’s our experience with keeping hangovers away while drinking cider.

Does cider give you a hangover?

First and foremost, one of the things that originally attracted us to hard cider (especially less-sweet varieties) was the fact that ciders seemed to be much more forgiving the next day compared to craft beer, which were causing increasingly bad headaches.

The ABV (alcohol by volume) of cider varies greatly — just as beer does — by cider brand or variety, with the ABV ranging from 4% to 12% in most of the ciders we try. In our line of ‘work’ though – it’s not uncommon to have one or four too many in any given night, so we always try to stop a cider hangover before it happens or sneaks up on us.

How To Keep Cider Hangovers at Bay

Hangover Prevention RemedyWhile we find the science of hangover prevention fascinating and appreciate all the wild home remedies often recommended, we’d embarked on our own “scientific testing” several years ago, road testing a number of different products to reduce the risk of cider hangovers — which resulted in discovering what we like to call the “magic patch” – the Zaca Recovery Patch.

Made with a blend of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids, it’s a small (~1 x 1) inch hangover prevention patch you place in an inconspicuous spot, before you even take your first sip. You keep the patch on for the next 24 hours to help your body process the beverages consumed.

The chewable supplements are also great for an extra boost the next morning!

Prickly Pear, Milk Thistle, B1, Lipoic Acid, B5, B3, Taurine, Lycopene, NAC, Magnesium, Vitamin C

Also recommended to help fight Jet Lag & helpful for those who get easily affected by altitude changes.

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