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To Drink Or Not To Drink: The 5 Best Shakespeare Inspired Adult Beverages

Lately Shakespeare and Cocktails have been getting as cozy a fur throw in a ski chalet. With Drunk Shakespeare dominating in New York, Sh*tfaced Shakespeare taking over everywhere from Boston to London, and Boozy Bard and Bard and Bourbon dukeing it out in Milwaukee- it seems like there is a solid new trend happening in Theater and with alcohol.In honor of our eloquent, tipsy brethren I present to you this list of Bard Inspired Booze to guide you through your next night out.

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1. A Midsummer Night's Breeze

John Kernick / Via foodandwine.com

This drink is perfect for making you forget who exactly your in love with followed by a pants-less jaunt through the woods. Mix up a few and get ready to get a little fairy-freaky

Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups raspberries, plus 6 berries for garnish

-1 tablespoon sugar 6 ounces Scotch whisky

- 6 ounces guava nectar or juice -1 1/2 ounces framboise (raspberry eau-de-vie) - Ice Chilled club soda - 6 small mint leaves, for garnish

To Prepare

Step 1

In a large cocktail shaker, muddle the 1 1/2 cups of raspberries with the sugar. Add the whisky, guava nectar and framboise. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.

Step 2

Finely strain the cocktail into a pitcher. Pour into rocks glasses. Top each drink with a little club soda and garnish with raspberries and mint leaves. Serve.

2. Othello's Green Envy (Death in the Afternoon)

Via epicurious.com

This is the best drink to down before you make some uninformed decisions. Mix is up and slam it down- although, unless you're going to sleep, be sure to stay away from pillows.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) absinthe

1/2 to 3/4 cup (4 to 6 ounces) cold Champagne or sparkling wine

To Prepare

Step 1

Pour absinthe into Champagne flute.

Step 2

Add Champagne until a milky cloud appears, then serve.

3. A Henry V Wallbanger

Via liquor.com

The Henry V Wallbanger is sure to make you feel like a king. Grab one of these and sit down to a Crispin's Day Feast.

Ingredients

1 1⁄4 oz Vodka

3 oz Orange juice

1⁄2 oz Galliano L'Autentico

To Prepare

Step 1

Add the vodka and the orange juice to a tall glass filled with ice.

Step 2

Stir, and float the Galliano on top.

Step 3

Garnish with an orange slice.

4. Juliet and Romeo Cocktail

Via cosmopolitan.com

This James Beard award winning cocktail encompasses all of the bitter sweet romance from the play. This is the perfect drink for a refine costume ball. I have to point out- it's really ironic that Romeo and Juliet wouldn't even be able to drink it.

Ingredients

2 oz. Beefeater gin

¾ oz. fresh lime juice

¾ oz. simple syrup

3 drops rosewater

3 drops Angostura bitters

3 slices cucumber

1 mint sprig

Tiny pinch of salt

To Prepare

Muddle cucumber and pinch of salt. Add mint and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with one mint leaf. Put one more drop of rosewater on the mint leaf and place three drops of Angostura bitters around the leaf.

5. The Hamlet/Gimlet

Via thespruce.com

Even though Ophelia did end up in the drink- Let's be honest, these Danes could've used a bit of liquid calm down. Make this refreshing drink on a calm evening and feel free to ponder over your existence.

Ingredients

2 1⁄2 oz Gin

1⁄2 oz Lime juice

1⁄2 oz Simple syrup

To Prepare

Step 1

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Step 2

Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

Step 3

Garnish with a lime wheel.

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