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

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

Ingredients
– 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

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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

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

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Where to find ingredients/Helpful tools:

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

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

http://www.amazon.com/Scrappys-Bitters-Lavender/dp/B005Z6MXBI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405304555&sr=8-1&keywords=lavender+bitters

Simple syrup:
You can purchase some
http://smile.amazon.com/Monin-Simple-33-8-Ounce-Plastic-Bottles/dp/B001228RNM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405305049&sr=8-1&keywords=simple+syrup
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:
http://smile.amazon.com/OXO-3105000-SteeL-Double-Jigger/dp/B0036X4YOG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405304024&sr=8-1&keywords=cocktail+measure

Muddler:
http://smile.amazon.com/OXO-3104900-SteeL-Muddler/dp/B003AIKP0O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405304382&sr=8-3&keywords=muddler

 

 

Sabrina

Sabrina is a SportsAlcohol.com co-founder. She doesn't really like to contribute writing per se, but she is definitely living the SportsAlcohol.com lifestyle
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