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Debuting the News Cocktail of the Week: “The Public Option” is a cure-all cocktail sure to bridge ALL sides of the health care debate.

Promising universal coverage for what ails us, the Public Option’s sweet syrup has to defend itself against the heady debate between tangy grapefruit juice and spicy ginger liquor. Just be careful not to add too much Swedish or (gasp!) Russian vodka to the oft-revived elixir that has engaged mixologists on both sides of the aisle—failure to appeal to conservative palates may keep this vital prescription unfilled. Fortunately, the soft distortion of absinthe is there to help us patiently await approval.

Absinthe Alibi1 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Ginger Liqueur .5 oz. Le Tourment Vert absinthe 2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice .25 oz. Simple Syrup 5 mint leaves

Glass: Tall

Instructions: - Place mint in the bottom of the serving glass (tall glass) and lightly bruise the mint with a muddler (do not smash like a mojito). - Fill glass with shaved ice (ideal) or ice cubes. - In a shaker, shake remaining ingredients and strain into the serving glass. - Garnish with a grapefruit peel and mint sprig.