Lauren: Blackberry and lemon gin and tonic

Not sure if you’ve heard, but it’s election night. There really isn’t a better way to handle the anxiety of the next few hours than with a cocktail. My family ordered pizza and salad and ate it in front of the T.V. (GASP!), something we otherwise scorn, but which was totally necessary tonight. Of course though, we needed something to go with it, enter: alcohol.

I don’t care who you are or which side you’re on, but there needs to be more teamwork in Washington. The chasm between the two main parties continues to grow and that’s just not helpful. To bridge the gap I decided to make what looked (here) like a purple cocktail. Because how do you get purple? Mix blue (democrat) and red (republican). Oh you knew that? Good, that means you took kindergarten art. Don’t even get me started on the issue of parties staking claim to colors. I for one don’t want my favorite color to automatically signify allegiance to a political party, but that’s a rant for another time.

Now back to the beverage at hand. I chose a purple cocktail since the mixture of red and blue was the most diplomatic, but in the execution my cocktail only furthered the political disparity—the red and blue hardly integrated. Never fear, it can be enjoyed equally by republicans and democrats (and Green party-ers, Tea Party-ers, etc…) alike anyway.

To keep your drink purple I recommend muddling with less vigor. I kind of smashed the crap out of the blackberries despite Martha Stewart’s most fervent warnings. Alas, Ms. Stewart was correct. Err on the side of less muddled. Muddle muddle muddle. Kinda sounds like puddle. Ok sorry, I’ll stop now. Anyway, the recipe (here) is pretty straight forward, so break out the gin and highball glasses and get to drinking.

Cheers!

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