Cocktail Time!

Creeped out by chimpanzees? Have friends or loved ones potentially making you see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with them? We’ve put together a cocktail of calming ingredients to help you pregame (or sneak into the theater, if necessary, with a flask or small thermos) so you are prepared for those “damned dirty apes”.
[note: we did test this cocktail & it succeeded in making me calm enough – or drunk enough, after a couple – to agree to watch the first Planet of the Apes film]

The Great Escape

(or, for these purposes, alt. title: “The Ape Escape“)

– 1 slice lemon
– 1 oz. simple syrup
– a few dashes of lavender bitters
– 1.5 oz of gin
– ice
– Iced lavender herbal tea (something with calming ingredients – we used Lemon Lavender Mint)

Step 1:
Make iced tea according to directions & refrigerate


Step 2:
muddle lemon slice (peeled), simple syrup, & lavender bitters in a highball glass


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Step 3:
Add gin. Fill glass about halfway with ice


Step 4:
Fill the glass the rest of the way with the iced tea. Stir. Garnish w/ a lemon twist


Where to find ingredients/Helpful tools:

This is the one we used, but you could try any other lavender based “calming” type of herbal tea



Lavender bitters:
You can have your genius sister make some for you, or you can purchase some:

Simple syrup:
You can purchase some
or you can make your own (which is what we did – it’s pretty easy).  There are lots of instructions online, but the basic recipe is:

1 part superfine sugar, 1 part water

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat. Bottle once the syrup cools

 Double-sided bar measure: