Prairie oyster (cocktail)

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A Prairie Oyster (or prairie cocktail) is a drink consisting of a raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and ground black pepper. The egg is broken into a glass so as not to break the yolk, which causes the drink to bear a similarity to the texture of an actual oyster. The drink is typically served as a hangover cure.


Ingredients for Prairie Oyster:

Crack the egg into a glass, leaving the yolk unbroken. Douse it with Worcestershire sauce, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and Tabasco sauce.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the 1959 film "The Nun's Story (film)" the character Gaby is given the drink to aid her in recovery from suspected tuberculosis.
  • Gomez Addams is seen preparing a salt and pepper free version of the cocktail to treat his newborn's hangover in Addams Family Values.
  • The drink features early-on in the 1972 film adaptation of Cabaret, being drunk by actress Liza Minnelli as a hangover cure offered to her love interest and co-star Michael York.
  • In the Japanese animated series Cowboy Bebop, the main character Spike Spiegel is seen making a prairie oyster to help with a hangover in the episode Heavy Metal Queen. The ingredients are slightly altered when the bartender pours what appears to be a clear liquid from a bottle, which could be either water or gin.
  • In the 1936 film "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) is served a Prairie Oyster by his servant to "make his head feel smaller" when he is suffering from a hangover.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wondrich, David. "Prairie Oyster". Esquire.