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Every bartender worth a damn has a cure for hiccups. A wise bar patron should, too.

Learn this and love it. I'll stake my reputation on the fact that this cure, when done properly, works every time. It's not instantaneous, but after 5 minutes, you'll suddenly wonder "Hey, what happened to my hiccups?" This is great bar knowledge and will come in handy for you, your friends, or whenever you want to play Prince Charming to a damsel in... hiccups.

Splash a few squirts of Angostura Bitters onto a lemon slice. Empty a packet or two of sugar in your mouth, drink as much of a glass of water as you can, and then bite into the bitters-soaked lemon. That's it.

There's always some wiseass in the crowd who swears you've got to try his method. Don't trust him. Trust the wiseass behind the bar. I've been using this method for 10 years and it's worked every time.

Sure I could get into all the fancy scientific, chemical, and physiological reasons as to why this works, but I'd just be making it all up.

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you will love this one... My Grandmother at the age of 99 told us: to hold our breath and say buttermilk ten times to ourselfs. if you hiccup while doing it start over.. and count on your fingers.. i have used it for 13 years

Joey Stepp

November 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am pretty sure that you used that one I me! Cant imagine who else would have handed me a lemon soaked with bitters! But I do, for some reason, LOVE the hiccups!

November 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

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November 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKeVroN

What's going on fellow bartenders, I'm a American bartending in Australia but my cure for hiccups is an ounce or 30 ml nip of grenadine. Works instantly and everytime

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilky

I finally got round to trying this at work and on my self the other day
I was sceptical about it working. But it really does! It's amazing!
Thanks chris!

Though I am going to have to try the grenadine instead, it tastes a lot better!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermatt wood

I tend at a college bar ans a lime wedge coated in sugar works every time for my customers and I. It's a little similar to your trick, but the lime's a bit sweeter than the bitters soaked lemon.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B.

I want to show you my cure for hiccups too:
My first method is kind of mean and you can't use it anytime, but it works everytime I tried it:
You have to make them angry, lie to them, pick a fight. Make them hate somebody, it doesn't matter who. And in their anger they forget about their hiccups and it's gone.
Like I said it's a little bit mean, works only when you can make the person REALLY angry (it's easy when you know the person), but works when you reached this point.
I personally prefer to breath in untill my lungs are completly full and hold it until I can't anymore and then release the air veeery slowly.
That's just 2 "recipes" I experienced myself and I can't assure that they work on you, but I just wanted to present them to you.

May 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAn H.

hey mate,
iv'e been bartending for a while now too ive seen ppl shot white vinegar.
but i'll have to try yours when it happens at work next. Also i remember
back in school i had hiccups and my maths teacher called me out in
front of the class and he pulled out a twenty dollar note put it in my hand
said if you can hiccup now i'll give you this money, do you think i could lol nope...
not came enuff to try that one at work tho.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterriot gear clothing

Here's one that has worked well for my guests every time, it's cute, and the ladies especially take to it (plus - nothing to eat or swallow)

Fill a highball with an inch or 2 of water (not too high in the glass however). Then put 2 straws side-by-side, one in the glass, one down the outside of the glass. Bet the guest they can't (or have them try to) drink up some of the water through the straw (which they won't be able to do anyway). Have them try this 3 times in sequential breaths. Hiccups cured, guaranteed. Reason being, the muscle spasm in the esophageal tract (the hiccup) is caused by a reflex to an instantaneous oxygen deprivation. Once triggered, it is rather autonomic and repeats on a biorythmic cycle, which you can overtake with the exercise. (An o2 mask will work well too, but how many of us have o2 tank w/mask behind our bar).

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary T

Hmmm, that sounds really interesting Gary. Thanks for the suggestion. Anxious to try it. And I definitely like that it doesn't involve eating or swallowing anything. The cure I use and most other bartenders' go-to cures involve ingesting something usually kind of quirky and occasionally patrons resist the idea because they don't fully trust that the bartender isn't just having a laugh at their expense, getting them to drink something nasty or goofy. Looking forward to trying out your solution. Thanks much Gary!

December 12, 2010 | Registered CommenterChris The Bartender

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