As New Year’s Eve approaches, I think it’s time to reach into my bag of cocktails and pull out a very unique celebratory drink. About a year ago, I had some friends gathered around me to share in the weekly Friday night horror that was the final, gasping, death-rattling seasons of of Star Trek: Enterprise. Given the eternally furrowing Captain Quantum, an anorexic Vulcan Crack Whore, and the general unrelenting awfulness of the show, alcoholic beverages were often required to get through the night. One fateful night, my friend Suzanne arrived armed with a wild and inspired concoction. (She also arrived armed with lots of bottles and bendy straws.) With more than a nod to those fabulous books, I give you…

Lemony Snicket: An Unfortunate Combination of Liquors

Yield: 1 kick-ass Happy New Year Cocktail

1 1/2 ounces Absolut Citron
1 1/2 ounces limoncello
Bitter lemon (aka Tom Collins mix)
Maraschino cherries
Paper umbrellas
Bendy straws

1. Fill a tall glass with ice and add the vodka and limoncello. Add a splash of Campari for a deceptively pink effect (the Baudelaire orphans’ least favorite color is pink) and top off with the bitter lemon. Garnish with maraschino cherries, umbrellas, and bendy straws.

2. And yes, those are Star Trek glasses. In my humble opinion, this drink can only be successfully served in Star Trek glasses. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock glasses. From Taco Bell. Sold in 1984. I love them.

Drink responsibly, be safe, and have a happy New Year!

Ring in 2006 with Lemony Snicket 29 December,2005Stephanie Lucianovic

  • Katya

    Is this the same thing as a Lemony Snicketini?


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for,, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

Follow her on Twitter at @grubreport

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