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A simple prairie oyster in a glass.

A prairie oyster (sometimes also prairie cocktail) 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 Popular CultureEdit

  • 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 drinks them in Sallys 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 movie Cabaret, Sally Bowles regularly makes Prairie Oysters, remarking that they "...work instantly, even on the most sinister hangovers."

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