Mixology 101: The Lapsed Catholic

by Andrew Connor, Columnist

DSC_0052As midterm week comes to a close we can all take a sigh of relief, as we are no longer expected to pick up a book or write any notes for at least a week. Pat yourselves on the backs, readers; you’ve conquered the necessary evil of academic evaluation. Well done.

But we’re all still a little scarred, aren’t we? After we’ve all inevitably cramped our hand filling out a blue book, or looked at our exam thinking, “when did we learn that!?” it’s likely we’ve probably dropped to our knees, looked to the heavens and claimed that there is no God.  This week’s drink, The Lapsed Catholic, will hopefully bring back a tiny iota of your faith.

If you’ve never heard of this drink before it’s because I just invented it. Yes readers you heard me correct, this will be the first of what I’m hoping will be many Andrew Connor originals. The Lapsed Catholic is in essence, a hybrid of The Classic Old Fashioned and The Presbyterian.  It’s meant to be a little sour, a little smoky, a little sweet, and a little spicy.  Be sure to kick back and relax this spring break, and rest assured that I’m here to provide you with new and exciting recipes. And no, I do not think I am stroking my own ego here.


You will need:

2oz Single Malt Scotch

Ginger Beer

3oz Club Soda

1 Tbsp. Sugar

Several Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Lemon Slices


In a highball glass, combine and muddle a large slice of lemon, several dashes of bitters, a tablespoon of sugar, and two to three ounces of club soda.  Once you’ve muddles these ingredients, fill glass to the top with ice.  Pour about 2 ounces of scotch, and then fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer. Take a spoon and mix the ingredients a little bit. Finally, garnish with a lemon slice.

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