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INDIE REWIND: 10 Stylish Cocktails for New Year’s Eve


I have never been one to have discerning taste when booze is involved. Lacking real liquor, I’ve been known to contemplate drinking mouthwash and/or rubbing alcohol just to get ma fix. But this year, I’m feeling all sophisticated-like and so I’ve compiled a list of libations that will at least make you feel classy, even as you’re dry heaving over a toilet at 12:01 come January 1st as your BFF holds back your hair…but not their judgement. Leave the beer at home, kids. This is grown-folk drinking.


The Sidecar

Ditch your preferred mode of conveyance and hop in a Sidecar then floor it to DrunkTown, USA. Population: everyone cool.

1 lemon
superfine sugar
3 oz. cognac
1 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
2 lemon slices


Written by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail