Arsenic and Neon Lace

Beware — it’s strong as hell

Absinthe Vert, 3 jiggers (4.5 oz)

Dry Gin, 3 jiggers (4.5 oz)

Crème de Violette, 2 jiggers (3.0 oz)

Dry Vermouth, 1 jigger (1.5 oz)

Pack a red wine glass with ice and cold water. Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake until the outside is frosty and stings your hands. Dump the ice from the wine glass. Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass. The resultant cocktail will be opalescent — lavender and hazy. Garnish with two mouth sized glow sticks and a twisted lemon rind. Because why not.

Drink water. If you’re not home, arrange a ride. One of these will be more than enough for the night. 

Happy drinking!

(Oh! If you’d like a smaller cocktail, just remember the 3:3:2:1 ratio! It works with any measurement.)

Brian Vlasak, MFA, PhD is a disabled essayist and thinker living in Salem, Massachusetts. Dr. Vlasak‘s work has been published in ‘Coffin Bell,’ Paragon Press’s ‘Echo: A Journal of Nonfiction,’ ‘Columbia Journal,’ and is forthcoming this in fall’s ‘Saranac Review’. They unwind by losing games of Overwatch.

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