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Lady of the Lake

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Heather-infused vodka "picks up the heather notes of Scotch," with honey, lemon, and housemade lavender bitters; it's light and refreshing, a big twist of lemon on top bringing the brightness of citrus. "The first experience you get of a cocktail is a nose. You need a huge twist." It's one of their top sellers, among both men and women, feminine though its name may sound. "Some guys might not order it because 'Lady' is in the title—but, dude, do you know the story? She fixes his sword. This is a really phallic drink, bro."

Don't be put off by the lavender bitters and steeped vodka; the process "couldn't be easier," says McCarthy. "Get overproof vodka. Put lavender in it. Let it sit. That's it."

Note: Honey syrup is honey cut with equal parts hot water, making it easier to work with and mix.

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