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A Cocktail "Cure" For COVID-19 -- The Flattening Curve

The COVID-19 causing coronavirus affects all of us. When there's a dangerous pandemic, it's natural to want a cocktail or two. "Flattening the curve" refers to the epidemiological model of trying to have infections over a longer period of time. This is a good thing. A flatter curve means less sickness and death because there's less stress on health care systems. Inspired by my Cancer Killer #1 and Cancer Killer #2, I give you another original creation, the Flattening Curve.

Flattening Curve1.5 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Aperol or Campari
.25 ounces super simple syrup
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine in a mixing glass with ice, stir with resolute determination, and strain into a chilled glass.  Serve straight (get it?) up if you can.

The Flattening Curve will not cure COVID-19 or destroy the coronavirus. I wish it could. The amaro in the Flattening Curve is the variable. Aperol, used in drinks such as my Venetian Kiss and the Naked and Famous, is lighter than Campari, used in drinks such as my Scandinavian Suntan and the traditional Negroni. Which one you use depends on your personal preference and/or what you have in your home. Designed to have ingredients many people stuck at home might have, the Flattening Curve is sort of an amaro enhanced Old Fashioned.

We're all in this together, so have a Flattening Curve at home and flatten the curve together.


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Jeff Z

Sounds like a sweetened up boulevardier.


In the interest of public health, I recommend

The Curve Flattener:

1 oz brandy
1 oz Benedictine
I oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz ginger syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake with ice, strain, pour into a cocktail glass and add
1 oz ginger beer

Wulf Cocktail Den

Thank you for the cocktail PSA! Great minds drink alike.

David P Messerly

Interesting glassware. Any info on where it came from? Thanks.

Wulf Cocktail Den

You have a good eye. My wife and I acquired the glass at a store in St. Petersburg, Russia a few years ago.

SE Islander

Kick up the curve flattener—replace ginger syrup with Domain Canton.

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