Cheers to a Less Misérable 2021

Like looking through rose-colored glasses into 2021. Gin, lemon, raspberries, and champagne what more do you need?

Oh man 2020 am I right? It has been a downer, since I was bored at home I was able to go down a lot of rabbit holes trying to find some sort of ray of hope or at least some way to make life in 2020 better. One fun rabbit hole I went down was “Color Therapy”. Like most things medical I first heard about it when Amelia Shepard wanted to create color rooms in Grey’s Sloan Memorial Hospital. For those who don’t get that reference it’s fine I’m fine, it’s from Grey’s Anatomy now you know. Color therapy is the ideas that different colors make you feel differently, rose is softness, gentleness, motherly unconditional love. It represents self-acceptance, self-love, self-forgiveness and non-judgment. It can also denote romantic love. Rose is the happiness and joy from loving and being loved. Honestly sounds like a great mindset to be in moving into 2021, so let’s toast to a Less Misérable 2021 with my raspberry verison of a classic French 75.

I’ll admit that I’m not the most creative person when it comes to cocktails, anything other than a vodka soda is fancy. SoI asked my friend Luke Barrey who is currently working as a bartender at Gander and Ryegrass, to show me a couple of simple but delicious drinks that will make the last day in 2020 special. Let’s drink away from 2020 and cheer in 2021.

Luke’s Bartender’s Tips

  • Shake if there’s juice, and stir if there is not. 
  • Always double stain your drinks, to ensure that there is as little sediment in your drink as possible. 
  • Ice is a crucial ingredient, bad-tasting ice will melt into your drink and that flavor will linger. 
  • The size of the ice is also important, too small it will dilute your drink too fast. Best to shake or stir with small ice serve with bigger ice cubes or “gentlemen’s ice”.
  • When garnishing with citrus zest try to zest over the glass so that any oils from the rind will add flavor to your drink, or at least twist the zest over the glass. Also, give the rim of the glass with the zest before dropping it into the drink. 

Find this recipe in Spokane CDA Living Magazine

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Cheers to a Less Misérable 2021

Cheers to a Less Misérable 2021

Like looking through rose-colored glasses into 2021. Gin, lemon, raspberries and champagne what more do you need?


  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3 oz Brut Champagne
  • 3 Raspberries
  • Pinch of Luster Dust (color of choice)
  • Twist of Lemon


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, and Raspberries
  2. Add Ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, use a fine mesh cocktail strainer to strain into a Champagne Flute
  3. Top off with Champagne and gently stir in the Luster Dust
  4. Garnish with a Raspberry and a twist of Lemon


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