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Lawrence Libations: Bad Idea at Prime Blu

For some of us, the college experience is just as much about the questionable life choices one often makes while intoxicated as it is about scholarly pursuits. In honor of university students’ recent return to Lawrence, we thought we’d revisit some of those iffy decisions with a drink Prime Blu manager David Kwon has simply dubbed “Bad Idea.”

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Lawrence Libations: Snowdrift martini at the Jayhawker

Fully expecting something white and frothy and well, snow-like, I was pleasantly surprised by the Snowdrift, which bartender Kristy Lopez guesses is meant to evoke the kind of cuddly coziness we associate with wintertime.

Lawrence Libations: Tigerlilly at Zen Zero

If you're a fan of bubble tea and its gelatinous globes of tapioca, you'll probably enjoy the Tigerlilly at Zen Zero. Basil seeds (not basil leaves) float around the bottom of this Asian-inspired cocktail, which made its debut a few weeks back at the downtown restaurant.

Lawrence Libations: Clockwork Orange at 715

Summer isn’t here officially — that won’t happen for another three weeks or so — but since school is out and temperatures have begun to creep up, we thought we’d take this month’s Lawrence Libations in search of a refreshing, hot-weather drink.

Lawrence Libations: Clockwork Orange at 715

Lawrence Libations visits 715 to sample a Clockwork Orange.

Lawrence Libations: Draft Brew at Alchemy Coffee and Bake House

How does a glass of cold-press coffee come to look like (and sort of taste like) a pint of Guinness? That's the question we hoped to answer in this week's Lawrence Libations.

Lawrence Libations: Orange Hop Draft Brew from Alchemy Coffee

This month, Lawrence Libations checks out the cold-brew coffee that comes from a keg at Alchemy Coffee.

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Lawrence Libations: Italian Margarita at Paisano's Ristorante

If you’re craving Italian food but hankering for a refreshing Mexican cocktail on a warm spring day, Paisano’s has your solution: the Italian margarita.

Lawrence Libations: Paisano's Italian Margarita

Lawrence Libations visits Paisano's Ristorante, 2112 W. 25th St., and tries an Italian Margarita.

Lawrence Libations: Poached-pear mulled wine at John Brown's Underground

There’s nothing like a hot, literally steaming glass of wine on a chilly winter day.

Mulled wine at John Brown's Underground

Lawrence Libations visits John Brown's Underground for a glass of poached-pear mulled wine.

Lawrence Libations: Bleeding Kansas at Five Bar & Tables

With Kansas celebrating its 154th birthday last week, it only seemed appropriate to follow up that momentous occasion with a Kansas-centric martini for this month's Lawrence Libations.

Lawrence Libations: Cap'n Frank's Rum Punch in the Throat at Frank's North Star Tavern

Warmer weather may be months away, but even in these frigid temperatures, bartenders at Frank's North Star Tavern are serving up a little taste of summer.

Lawrence Libations: Bourbon Hot Cocoa at Milton's Café

Now that fall has officially hit its stride, the winter months aren’t far off. It may be time, then — for those of you who like to break out the twinkle lights and holiday jams before Thanksgiving — to once again enjoy that favorite wintertime drink, hot chocolate. It’s a treat that’s often tied to childhood memories, but the folks at Milton’s Café are shaking things up a bit with an adults-only version spiked with bourbon.

Lawrence Libations: Sake flights at Ramen Bowls

For those looking to dip their toes into the waters of sake, try one of Ramen Bowls' sake flights, a sampling of five varieties served in shot glasses nestled inside a wooden tray.

Lawrence Libations: Hog Wash Sazerac at 715

It may not be the most appetizing of names, but true fans of the classic sazerac cocktail will swoon over this smoky signature 715 rendition.

Lawrence Libations: Apple Mint Bourbon Iced Tea

It’s absolutely mandatory to sip on an iced tea this summer, whether there’s a porch in your life or not.

Lawrence Libations: Cereal Milk at The Roost

Those who enjoy slurping up the milk sitting in the bottom of the bowl once the cereal has been eaten will enjoy this breakfast cocktail.

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Lawrence Libations: Leaning Tower at Paisano's

If you’re going to take a trip to Italy via large plates of pasta (and endless breadsticks and salad), it would be foolish not to check out the Leaning Tower.

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Lawrence Libations: New Moon at Encore Cafe

No need for any fancy infusions; this exotic lychee fruit libation will satisfy your sweet tooth while getting you that pleasant tipsy you’re looking for.

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