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If you're tired of your usual, then this could help. You don't have to drink from the gallon jug of Yellowtail. A GREAT Cosmo or mojito is a celebration of life, but you need fresh juice and a bartender who really cares (is that where you're at?). Here are a few suggestions if you feel stuck on feeling for a drink.
  1. NETHERWORLD
    1.5oz vodka, 1.5oz Dubonnet (gorgeous on its own), 0.5oz simple syrup and fresh lime juice, and 2-4 drops of Campari (or Aperol if you can't stand the stuff). Shake/up/thick, wide orange twist. The way a gimlet can "beat the pants of a martini any day" this one can whoop a Cosmo. Pairs with in-laws and your boss when you need to impress but not get loaded, silent movies, and and anyone with a sexy accent.
  2. VERA
    1.5oz scotch, 1oz sweet vermouth (a grossly underrated item behind the bar) and 0.5 dry vermouth, 0.5oz Cointreau (the greatest liqueur ever made—it's vodka strength), and 2oz tonic. Build/Collins/lemon twist. This is a scotch cocktail for people who don't love scotch. It's summery; when was the last time someone said that about a scotch cocktail. Goes with anything.
  3. A VESPER
    Proportions are different that Ian Fleming's version in his book. 2oz Chopin vodka, 1.25oz Tanqueray Ten gin, 0.5oz Lillet blanc, and a dash of Regan Six orange bitters. Shake/up/big orange twist. TIGHT! Don't let the Lillet fool you—this will still please a dry-cocktail fan. Balanced as a Thorazine drip. Pair with David Bowie and family who laugh when you're tipsy.
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There are a LOT of people that Meryl. She's like Dorothy Parker but in reverse: generous of spirit, encouraging, sober and healthy to a fault, and clever in wonderful, smart ways that make you feel warm. As her husband, I feel I have a better vantage point and bragging rites. Forward:
  1. Healthy/great dinners. If you've ever eaten at a vegan restaurant, often the worst part is the friend who dragged you there or the waiter overhyping the grain coffee cappuccino with soy milk and coconut palm sweetener as so great and just like the real thing. Meryl is the real deal. Chunky, filling salads. Savory muffins. Velvety rich soups.
  2. Meryl liters the world with style. Her hair. Her grocery bags. Her toes nails and tenderness. We've all wanted our lives to play out like art in every way, but making EVERY moment a work of art is difficult (philosophies need to be grounded enough to work, sometimes) but Meryl is the closest I've ever seen at such elan and success.
  3. She is a wonderful mother. Patient, educational, important.
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