Fans of Fergus Henderson’s St John restaurant in London will be familiar with the Dr Henderson hangover cure cocktail, now available in bottles.
Henderson’s St John restaurant has created its famous hangover cure cocktail, Dr Henderson, pre-bottled to purchase online for the first time ever.
Dark green in colour, comprising Fernet Branca and Crème de Menthe, and with a bitter but fresh taste, the drink is synonymous with St. John and Henderson himself.
Explaining the origin of the moody green tipple, Henderson said: “This is the perfect tipple to follow a night of overindulgence. One morning at a hotel in Paris my father, Brian Henderson, was a little worse for wear after the previous night’s excesses. The barman mixed this extraordinarily effective concoction and watched him perk up so considerably and so remarkably that, when he returned the next day, Dr. Henderson appeared on the cocktail list in tribute. My wise dad passed this excellent potion down to me.”
Among fans of Dr. Henderson is The Clove Club, who offer a Dr. Henderson bonbon at the end of each meal.
Rules preventing medical claims being made around bottled alcohol mean that the cocktail is re-named D.R. Henderson. Its creators do not claim to magically cure a morning hangover, but suggest it could be significantly cushioned.
Henderson notes: “It is magical stuff. You can feel its powers travelling through your body, going down your throat and then reaching all your extremities one by one. Aaah! Most reviving.”
Following the huge success of 2019’s bottling of The Fergroni, the label continues to riff on the Depero designed Campari posters of the 1920s, re-imagined to reference another design classic – Fergus Henderson’s round spectacles and stripey suit.
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