Alie & Georgia: The Golden Ratio Cocktail a.k.a. the Only Drink Recipe You’ll Ever Need

08/14/2014 at 09:30 AM ET

Alie & Georgia: Golden Ratio Cocktail
Courtesy Alie & Georgia

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!

“Alie and Georgia,” people ask us, “how do I make a cocktail at home that takes very little effort, is inexpensive but tastes like it costs $18 and I only need one recipe on hand for the rest of my life to make untold hundreds of different cocktail combinations for ever and all eternity with just a few simple ingredients?”


We just came up with a Golden Ratio Cocktail that is maybe the only recipe you will ever need. Swap out the spirit; add flavored bitters; and garnish with a sprig of your favorite herb, if you want to get fancy.

But the backbone of this drink is the choice of fruit soda: go for a tangy orange, or an old school brand of cherry or even a fruit soda you make at home if you have a counter top carbonator. We also love IZZE’s line (Sparkling Blackberry goes with everything) or some of the Jarritos Mexican sodas at the local markets in Los Angeles.

Either way, shake the first three ingredients over ice, pour into a tall glass of ice and top with your choice of soda. You have a quick, easy, complex and expensive tasting drink with just the right amount of booze, bitters and sweetness. Boom!

Alie & Georgia: Golden Ratio Cocktail
Courtesy Alie & Georgia

Alie & Georgia’s Golden Ratio Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail

2 oz preferred spirit (whiskey, vodka, tequila, gin)
¾ oz fresh squeezed citrus juice (lemon or lime)
2 dashes bitters (Angostura, Peychaud’s or any flavor your like)
4 oz your favorite fruit flavored soda
Garnish with a citrus peel or herb of your choice

1. Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously.

2. Pour into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with fruit flavored soda.

3. Garnish with a citrus peel or a sprig of fresh herb. Prepare to make drinks for all of your friends at every party for the rest of your life.

A few of our favorite combos:
– Bourbon + lime + Peychaud’s bitters + blackberry soda + rosemary
– Gin + lemon + Angostura + orange soda + orange peel
– Vodka + lime + cherry bitters + cherry soda + lime peel
– Tequila + lime + Peychaud’s bitters + grapefruit soda + lavender sprig

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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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too much sugar but sounds good


Where is the golden ration ?