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COCKTAILS FOR TODAY'S MILITARY
The United States Department of
Defense has more important duties
than to designate "official" cocktails
for each of the armed forces, the
Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air
Force, Space Force, and Coast
Guard. However, a little creativity in
choosing apt names and ingredients
can suggest cocktails for our military
men and women when they set aside
their combat fatigues to enjoy a little
R&R.
Two of these United States Marine
Corps-themed cocktails come from
KO Distilling in Manassas. Co-owner
Bill Karlson was commissioned as
ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve,
but he worked as a contractor with
a USMC customer after Operation
Desert Storm. He says, "I am a huge
fan of the Marine Corps, but I can't
claim to be one of the few, the proud."

AVIATION

No cocktail name is more fitting for those who fly off into the wild blue yonder, climbing high, into the sun.

▷▷ 1½ OZ. GIN
▷▷ ½ OZ. MARASCHINO LIQUEUR
▷▷ ½ OZ. FRESH LEMON JUICE
▷▷ 1 BAR SPOON CRÈME DE VIOLETTE
▷▷ BRANDIED CHERRY FOR GARNISH

DARK AND STORMY

A Google search of "official Coast Guard cocktail"
calls up remedies for treating and preventing
motion sickness-certainly not a drink for happy
hour or a night cap. Instead, we'll use a classic
to toast the U.S. Coast Guard. After all, they're
always ready to brave the dark and stormy
nights to protect America's economic, national
and border security and the personal safety of
Americans. Semper Paratus!

▷▷ 2 OZ. KRAKEN RUM
▷▷ 6 OZ. GINGER BEER
▷▷ 2 LIME WEDGES
Add limes to a highball glass and muddle.
Add cubed ice. Build ingredients on top of ice.
Pull limes through drink gently with a mixing
spoon to blend the flavors.

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and
shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and
garnish.

SPACE GIN SMASH

This refreshing green drink can represent the
Space Force, the newest addition to U.S. military
might. After all, outer-space aliens are little green
men, right?

▷▷ 6 MINT LEAVES
▷▷ 1/4 LEMON
▷▷ 2 SEEDLESS GREEN GRAPES
▷▷ 1/8TH GREEN APPLE
▷▷ 1/3 OZ. SIMPLE SYRUP
▷▷ 1¼ OZ. GIN
▷▷ APPLE FAN, MINT SPRIG AND GRAPE
FOR GARNISH
In a shaker, muddle the mint, lemon, grapes,
apple and simple syrup. Add the gin, fill with
ice and shake. Strain into a chilled rocks glass
filled with fresh ice. Garnish.

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