If you're a kid looking for information on the unfortunate novels of Mr. Lemony Snicket ... this isn't quite for you. This is more for your mom and dad. Print out a copy for them.

Invented in 2003 by Dr. Cocktail, who told Wes and me about it and then talked bartender extraordinaire John Greer at Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro through its construction. Three of these lemony-looking concoctions were placed on the bar in front of us. Quaffing commenced ... mmm, mighty tasty. It'll kick your butt, too. Two-and-a-half ounces of gin! Plus another ounce of liqueurs!

Dr. Cocktail named the drink in honor of Mr. Lemony Snicket, author of the wildly popular children's book series entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events, and invented the drink to commemorate the occasion of his alter ego Ted Haigh having gotten the gig as the graphic designer of the new Lemony Snicket movie. Mr. Snicket himself would undoubtedly warn the unwary imbiber to stay away from such a potentially lethal concoction at all costs, if he didn't want something terrible to happen to him. (Perhaps it's what did Beatrice in.)

I rather like it, myself. There's a writer named Daniel Handler who might just like it too.

2-1/2 ounces gin.
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice.
1/2 ounce limoncello.
1/2 ounce yellow Chartreuse.

Combine all ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously, then strain into a frosted cocktail glass.
Garnish with one stemless cherry.

Unfortunately, it's a rather cheery looking cocktail, not gloomy at all. Still, I doubt it'll be cheery enough for Mr. Snicket, who should probably be offered a nice cup of tea instead.


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