Prairie oyster

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A simple prairie oyster in a glass.

A prairie oyster (sometimes also prairie cocktail or Thai aphrodisiac) is a traditional beverage consisting of a raw egg (often yolk alone), Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and/or hot sauce, table salt, and ground black pepper. Tomato juice is sometimes added, reminiscent of a Bloody Mary. The egg is broken into a glass so as not to break the yolk. The mixture is quickly swallowed. The unbroken yolk causes the drink to bear a texture similar to that of an oyster. The concoction has been referred to as a traditional cure for hangovers, and has appeared in media for decades.

In Thailand[edit]

A nourishing item known as kai luak (ไข่ลวก) is served commonly at breakfast in Thailand. It consists of soy sauce and pepper atop a soft-boiled egg in a shot glass.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the anime Cowboy Bebop, the protagonist Spike Spiegel orders a prairie oyster to get over a hangover.
  • The novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood mentions prairie oysters several times, where Sally and Chris drink them in Sally's room.
  • In the play Heathers: The Musical by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe, one of the titular characters, Heather Chandler, requests a prairie oyster, to alleviate the hungover feeling after the party scene.
  • In the 1972 film Cabaret, Sally Bowles regularly makes prairie oysters, remarking that they "work instantly, even on the most sinister hangovers".
  • In the 1990 film Back to the Future Part III, having passed out after drinking a single shot of whiskey, Doc Brown awakens after drinking a prairie oyster, or as its referred to in the film, the bartender's special "Wake-Up Juice".

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