Suero is basically homemade Mexican Gatorade.
In fact, it’s similar to a limonada, but with salt instead of sugar. It’s a very simple recipe and surely you’ll already have all the ingredients, but it’s the best remedy for a hangover.
And it’s not to be confused with buttermilk, which is another meaning of the word “suero” in Mexico.
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What’s awesome about this drink is that it can also be used to help you recover from a run or an intense workout! The salt helps you retain liquids after you’ve been dehydrated.
Sick with the flu? This is also helpful for staying properly hydrated.
Remember: table salt tastes saltier than Kosher salt (which is what I usually cook with). Start with 3/4 of a teaspoon and add more if necessary if you plan to use table salt.
And if you’ve got some digestive issues, a little watermelon and aloe vera juice for a couple of days can help you get back to normal once you’re rehydrated. Té de bugambilia (bougainvillea tea) is also a great Mexican home remedy for when you’re sick with a cold or cough.
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The Mexican hangover, flu and dehydration cure that gives Gatorade a run for its money.
- 12 ounces cold agua mineral (in the U.S., Topo Chico is my preferred brand of mineral water)
- 3/4–1 teaspoon of salt
- juice of 1 lime
- Pour mineral water in a highball glass and add salt.
- Squeeze the juice of one whole lime directly into the glass and stir to mix everything well, until the salt dissolves. You can also toss in a few lime wedges if you like.
- Add ice if you like, and drink the entire glass while it’s still cold.
If you’re suffering from serious dehydration, please be smart and consult a physician.