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Love cocktails. But suck at making them.

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So here’s the thing: I love cocktails. And while I’ll pretty much drink anything, I tend to stick to sauvignon blanc and clear liquors. Unless it’s Kahlua. Or Baileys. Or Chambord. Or red wine. See? Pretty much anything. But as much as I love consuming drinks, I really suck at making them. Even though I own a cocktail shaker, and all the necessary bar tools. And I have a well stocked liquor cabinet in the form of a British telephone booth. (Thanks to an English husband.)

Mixology is a talent I want to possess, but don’t. So, in order to remedy the situation, I bought this adorable little recipe book called Pink Elephants. It contains150 of the most requested drink recipes as well a few simple snacks. Plus it’s small and spiral bound and PINK. With an ELEPHANT. What girl doesn’t need this?? It has a retro vibe with very simple recipes sorted by type of alcohol. It even tells you what type of glass you should use to serve the drink. But lets be honest, does anyone even care what kind of glass it’s served in, as long as it’s served?!

Anyways, the book is pretty much dummy proof. Well, I haven’t actually tried any of the recipes yet, but it looks to be dummy proof and that’s all that matters! In this case, I’m totally judging a book by its cover.After looking through all the recipes, I wanted to try the Pink Elephant first, but I think this is the most complicated recipe in the book. I had to google créme de noyeau! (It’s almond creme liquor in case you’re curious.) So I think I’ll start with something more simple, like the Aviation. My husband ordered an Aviation once cause he thought it sounded manly, conjuring up images of fighter jets and Leonardo DiCaprio in a bomber jacket, but he ended up with a pink drink in a martini glass! So here’s the recipe for those who want to try it:

AVIATION COCKTAIL
1.5 oz gin
.5 oz lemon juice
.25 oz Maraschino liqueurIn a shaker half-filled with ice, combine ingredients. Shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

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