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Episode: Jolene

Jolene

Vodka
The Jolene is somewhat of a slippery slope. It tastes like tea — not a cocktail — so if you don’t keep it in check things can get carried away pretty quickly. Kind of like an ego. But boy is this cocktail tasty. You may have to hunt down the sweet tea vodka, but it’s worth it. With the fresh peach slice for garnish — and depending on how many Jolenes you enjoy — you can say you’ve had your daily serving of fruit, too.
When there’s no time to waste, fix yourself a Red Lion. Its boozy bite is more than enough to get you caught up or, depending on the company, well ahead. The hard-hitting Red Lion will have you drinking like a sailor while the abundant citrus keeps the scurvy at bay.
Episode: La Pina

La Pina

Mezcal
Mezcal is the cooler older cousin of tequila. He rides a motorcycle. He travels. He always has a story to tell. He’s smoky. While the combination of ingredients for La Pina is complex, it’s quite easy to drink. The mezcal gives it its bold character. The serrano chile, while seeded, adds a jolt of life, but the assuaging pineapple follows right behind to make sure things don’t get too hectic. This cocktail is not spicy, but it is stimulating.
Episode: Hugo Spritz

Hugo Spritz

Bubbly
Light. Bubbly. Refreshing. Three things combined in one cocktail to keep you cool — body and mind — despite the humidity. Though profoundly refreshing, the Hugo Spritz could hardly be simpler. It begins with ice, limes, and mint; soon to be joined by St. Germain — an elderflower liqueur — and prosecco, one who needs no introduction. Finished with a splash of soda water and a sprig of mint, the Hugo Spritz is honest, tasty, and quite frankly, one of the best decisions you can make on a hot summer day.
This week's cocktail is an elegant drink that has historic roots. The Singapore Sling is a mixture of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau and Dom Benedictine, with juices that give it a gorgeous sunset pink hue perfect for the hot days ahead. This recipe, you guessed it, is from Singapore. More specifically, it originates from the Raffles Hotel, which you might recognize from the film "Crazy Rich Asians." Sweet and refreshing, every ingredient adds to this well-balanced signature recipe. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherries for a flawless summer holiday weekend drink.
Barb Byrum has been hard at work changing up old-fashioned policies and procedures in politics, so this week we're mixing up an Old Fashioned with a sweet spin. The Brandy Old Fashioned hardly resembles the traditional cocktail; Père Magloire Calvados Brandy comes together with cherry and orange juice for a unique, sweet drink balanced by bitters and citrus. If you're a fan of sweet drinks, you'll love this cocktail. Think of it as an opportunity to change up your "Old Fashioned" ways.
Episode: The Parasol

The Parasol

Bubbly
If you find yourself ready for an elegant spring cocktail this weekend, this cocktail is right up your alley. The Parasol, from the Chicago Paris Club, is a mix of champagne, St. Germain, Lillet Blanc, honey, and lemon. Bubbly gives the ideal uplifting kick to St. Gemain and Lillet Blanc, while honey and lemon balance each other out. This cocktail pairs great with putting your feet up and enjoying a warm spring evening.
Episode: Barraquito

Barraquito

Liqueur
There's nothing quite like a coffee cocktail to give you the kick you need to wake up. This episode's cocktail is the Barraquito — the delicious drink that lies somewhere between coffee and dessert. Barraquito is a Spanish coffee liqueur, but this drink puts a spin on the common island cocktail. Made with espresso, milk, cinnamon, lemon, and Licor 43, this drink is one part relaxing, one part energizing, and perfect for fighting fatigue.
This week's rum cocktail is fittingly titled: Chaotic Neutral. While the recipe may seem a bit chaotic, we assure you the smooth, blended taste is worth it. Mixing Key West Rum, raspberry brandy, and Contratto Bitter, it's a rum-forward drink and the perfect nightcap if you need some neutrality after a hectic day. If you want to add a little more chaos, add in a dash of red pepper juice for a hectic spin on a daiquiri.
Episode: Area 51

Area 51

Whiskey
Sometimes our habits are a bit weird, a bit secretive, or feel a bit alien — which is why Area 51 is the perfect drink for our episode on forming habits. This George Dickel drink comes from Belle's Cocktail House in Lexington, Kentucky and is the perfect marriage of sweet and tart flavors. This drink is a whiskey spin on a Midori sour, which gives it its alien green color. With four simple ingredients, you won't want to miss out on this show-stopper of a cocktail.