Alie & Georgia: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Cocktail

04/10/2014 at 06:20 PM ET

Lemon Cocktail Recipe
Courtesy Ava Gene’s; Inset: Jason Merritt/Getty

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

Margarita enthusiasts. Gimlet lovers. Mojito connaisseurs. You have our condolences. See, a lime shortage is in effect. Now, you’re welcome to revel in limedom while you still can with glorious cocktails like this one — but as we always say, when life hands you no limes, make lemon things instead.

So to celebrate the lemon we made a twist on a Gold Rush cocktail, which calls for bourbon, honey and lemon. But get this: We made it spicy.

Honey-Sriracha simple syrup is so easy to make (it’s called “simple” for a reason) and, trust us, you’ll want to put it in all of your cocktails this summer. And maybe even into winter. It’s sweet, a little smokey, tart and then tiny flecks of chili and a little heat hit your tongue.

We tested this drink out at a dinner party and our guests were quickly obsessed. Limes, schmimes: Let’s have a lemon party. (That said, if someone at a cocktail party asks if you’re famliar with the lemon party and tries to lead you anywhere near a computer or web-enabled mobile device, just say no. You’ve been warned.)

Spiced Whiskey Lemonade
Makes 1

2 oz. bourbon
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz. honey-Sriracha simple syrup (recipe below)
Dash bitters (recommended: Peychaud’s)
Lemon rind, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a lowball glass or a tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with lemon rind and hold on to your collective hats.

Honey-Sriracha Simple Syrup

½ cup honey
½ cup warm water
½ tsp. Sriracha sauce

In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients until honey is dissolved. Store extra syrup in a refrigerated jar for up to one week.

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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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