‘Catching Fire’ Cocktails that Would Make Haymitch Proud

11/22/2013 at 11:27 AM ET

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There are drinks inspired by The Hunger Games: Real or not real?


If you’re pre-gaming before heading out to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens across the country Friday, mixologist Lawrence Long has two cocktails to get you in a rebellious mood.

Long runs the bar at The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove in Los Angeles, where Rihanna, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez have been spotted recently. He tells PEOPLE that he “totally geeked out” when developing the recipes for his  Tracker Jacker and Quarter Quell drinks, even testing them out on his friends who love the series.

“Since the Tracker Jacker is a bee, I used honey syrup and Hendricks Gin, which is made with heather flowers. The lemon represents its sting, and the Pernod Absinthe represents the powerful hallucinations.”

For the Quarter Quell he got more conceptual, and like Katniss, he chose to speak out against the government. “The Quarter Quell was my take on the Capitol’s societal effect. Chambord stands for the raspberries at the banquet, and because you build it in a glass and the drink gets tinted pink, it symbolizes their constant need to add layers and beautify. The orange twist garnish represents a bittersweet finish.”

Quarter Quell
Makes 1

½ oz raspberry liqueur
½ oz elderflower liqueur
Prosecco (for filling)
Orange twist

Pour raspberry liqueur and elderflower liqueur into a champagne flute. Fill flute with Prosecco, and garnish with a twist of orange.

Tracker Jacker
Makes 1

1½ oz. gin
¼ oz. absinthe
Juice of half a lemon
½ oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)
Lemon twist

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass, and garnish with a twist of lemon.

—Lexi Dwyer

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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