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Virtual Happy Hour: Short Order's Wine-Based Cocktail

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Okay, we'll come out with it: We have an obsession with Campari that just can't be cured. There's something so special about its aggressive bitter tang punctuated with the tiniest tinge of sweetness, like a crotchety Italian grandpa that melts you with his seldom jokes. Whether it's in a perfectly-crafted Negroni or a simple Campari and soda, the dark red apéritif is utter perfection on a warm summer afternoon.

Which is why when we spotted the Blow the Whistle cocktail on Short Order's menu recently, we nearly did just that. Instead of using gin as a base spirit, bartender Julian Cox uses the house label's pinot blanc stirred with lemon, Campari, Pamplemouse rose liquor, and bitter lemon soda. (Why should beer have all the fun in cocktails, right?)

It's everything a good patio drink should be: crisp, bright, and refreshing. Plus, it'll get you crunk pretty quicklike. Could there be anything better than sipping on a cocktail on a Short Order's sunny patio after a hard work week? We think not.

Which reminds us: Why are we still typing at this hour, anyways? Have a great weekend and of course, salute!