Others believe ayran (also known as airan), a sheep's milk yogurt mixed with water and salt similar to kefir, is an essential hangover cure, while others think honey (which helps break down alcohol) or herbal tea is the way to go.
"All the (dough) soaks up the alcohol left over from the night before," she says, "and the oils from the cheeses and meats help line the stomach so the absorption of alcohol into your system will be slower. A mix of breakfast and lunch, it tastes so good the hangover blues will disappear," Jaksic says.
RU-21 was originally developed in Russia to keep KGB agents sober while they got their contacts schnockered to divulge secrets. It ended up being a hangover cure that entered the U.S. market in 1999. It is said to work best taken before or while drinking to prevent the morning hangover.
Another cure, allegedly invented by Tsar Nicholas II, is the nikolaschka, which can either be a cocktail or unusual "snack" of lemon slice topped with sugar and ground coffee eaten in one bite and washed down with vodka or brandy.