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Lawrence Libations: Rose lemonade at Aladdin Cafe

Lawrence Libations revisits an old summer standby this week, with a Middle Eastern twist on lemonade at Aladdin Cafe.

The addition of rose water — which itself has been marketed as a good-for-you “beauty drink” as of late in the Western world, apparently showing up in the aisles of upscale supermarkets and New York City juice bars, in addition to centuries of Middle Eastern culinary tradition — results in a very sweet, very odd flavor (in a good way) that’s difficult to describe. I guess “it tastes like rose petals” would be the appropriate answer.

Mixed with lemonade, it makes for an extremely invigorating (this stuff will wake you up if you're feeling sleepy) thirst-quencher. The Aladdin Café menu also promises saffron blossoms along with the rose water — we couldn’t find any blossoms in our drink, aside from a few flecks of the bright orange spice floating among the ice cubes. Still, pretty extravagant for a regular ol’ Monday afternoon in Lawrence.

Rose lemonade at Aladdin Cafe, 1021 Massachusetts St.

Rose lemonade at Aladdin Cafe, 1021 Massachusetts St. by Joanna Hlavacek

The hard stuff: no alcohol in this one

Where it’s served: Aladdin Café, 1021 Massachusetts St.

What it costs: $2.99

Other libations at this location: Notably, the Turkish coffee, if you’re looking to fully commit to the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean theme

— Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.

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Lawrence Libations: Grape Drank at Frank’s North Star Tavern

We literally drank the Kool-Aid — and vodka, naturally — in this month’s Lawrence Libations.

Frank North Star Tavern’s signature “drank” involves plenty of the two, but also mixes in soda water to keep things from getting too sugary sweet.

And, because summer’s almost here and also because my horoscope in the venerable pages of People StyleWatch told me I’d be feeling nostalgic this season, the dominant flavors of grape Kool-Aid here definitely served as a welcome reminder of carefree days gone by. (Like, the days when you’d go to your neighbor’s house and drink Kool-Aid, because your own mom had ~views~ on those sorts of beverages.)

Drink up, kids at heart and fellow Pisces.

The Grape Drank at Frank's North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

The Grape Drank at Frank's North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

The hard stuff: Vodka

Where it’s served: Frank’s North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

What it costs: $3.50 for a single (you can get it on special for $3 on Saturdays)

Other libations at this location: A wide selection of wines and on-tap beers, plus other wacky creations like the Cap’n Frank’s Rum Punch in the Throat, which comprises a four-rum blend with orange and cranberry juices. (Cap’n Frank, also known as bar owner Frank Dorsey, is home and seems to be doing well after the hit-and-run accident that left him hospitalized earlier this month, tavern employees told me.)

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Lawrence Libations: Hares Away! at Five Bar and Tables

This month’s Lawrence Libations is something of a mystery.

Earlier this week, we sampled a refreshing — and potent — cocktail at Five Bar and Tables called “Hares Away!” We’d originally come across the ambiguously named concoction (cutesy animal-themed food/drink items are like catnip to this reporter) on the bar’s online menu, so when we journeyed a few blocks down Massachusetts Street to sample the drink, we were a little let down to see it missing from the menu’s printed edition.

Our bartender wasn’t quite sure what exactly went into the cocktail at first, but reassured us that folks can still order the Hares Away and yes, he’d make one for us.

We’re still not certain if what we sampled really was a Hares Away!, whatever that is, because it wasn’t 100 percent reflective of the description on the online menu. What we got looked sort of like Butterbeer (you know, from “Harry Potter,” obviously) in terms of coloring, and tasted mostly like Jack Daniels blended with lemon juice and muddled mint leaves. It was nice.

Apparently, the sole keeper of the Hares Away! secrets, we’re told, is Five Bar owner Nick Wysong, who could not be reached for comment. But from a bit of online sleuthing, I did find a few entries on dictionary websites that offered what is now my best speculation: To “hare off” or “hare away” means to move quickly, like a hare.

If you’re looking to move quickly into a state of intoxication, this is your drink, I guess. It’s strong, but also tastes light and springy (maybe the “hare” has something to do with that? Easter and rebirth and all?), which makes it deceptively easy to overindulge.

The "Hares Away!" at Five Bar and Tables, 947 Massachusetts St.

The "Hares Away!" at Five Bar and Tables, 947 Massachusetts St. by Joanna Hlavacek

The hard stuff: Jack Daniels whiskey, triple sec and vodka, according to our bartender. Bourbon, crème de menthe, triple sec and vodka, according to the Five Bar and Tables online menu.

Where it's served: Five Bar and Tables, 947 Massachusetts St.

What you'll pay: $6.50, according to my receipt, but if we're going to go by what's on the online menu, $10

Other libations at this location: Classics like Moscow mules and gimlets, plus plenty of warm-weather cocktails like the Cool Cucumber, strawberry margarita and the intriguing cherry limeade and whiskey.

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Lawrence Libations: Sea Kreature at Ramen Bowls

In mid-to-late March, when social media only serves as a glum — but not entirely accurate — reminder that everyone is on spring break but you, a tropical-themed cocktail sort of reinforces the point.

But, you know, there's something about the flavor trifecta of coconut, pineapple and ginger — and, of course, alcohol content — that temporarily sets one at ease. Almost like a mini vacation in a glass.

After one of these little guys, you'll most likely forgive the "K" in "Kreature," if you're the type who gets riled up over an erroneous "K" when a "C" would do just fine. It might even seem endearing.

The Sea Kreature at Ramen Bowls, 125 E. 10th St.

The Sea Kreature at Ramen Bowls, 125 E. 10th St. by Joanna Hlavacek

The hard stuff: Ginger vodka, rum (both of the coconut and spiced variety)

Where it's served: Ramen Bowls, 125 E. 10th St.

What you'll pay: $7

Other libations at this location: A few other tropical- and/or nautical-themed cocktails, like the Dark and Stormy (ginger beer and spiced rum) or the Island Margarita, which apparently offers a "Pacific twist" on the old standby. Also, lots and lots of sake, on its own or in cocktails. The Sake Apple Fizz, made with sparkling sake and apple pie liquor, might be next on my "try" list.

— Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.

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Lawrence Libations: The Lieutenant Dan at Java Break

If my Twitter feed is any indication, award season is upon us, with the king of award shows, the Oscars, slated for Feb. 28.

So, in honor of Hollywood’s big night, we thought it only appropriate to highlight 1995’s Best Picture winner — and the creativity of the folks at Java Break — with this month’s Lawrence Libations: the Lieutenant Dan.

The Lieutenant Dan at Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St.

The Lieutenant Dan at Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St. by Joanna Hlavacek

If you’re having a hard time picturing Gary Sinises’s prickly Vietnam vet downing one of Java Break’s sugary lattes, it’s probably because the drink, like several others on the coffee shop’s menu, is actually named for a former Java Break employee. Manager Brandi Bradfield isn’t sure of the details, but knows his name was Dan and that he was, in fact, a lieutenant in some unspecified branch of the military.

We’re guessing he must have been a super sweet guy or — in a nod to the “Forrest Gump” character of the same name — so abrasive that his coworkers decided to honor him with an ironically sweet blend of espresso, caramel and house-made chocolate and vanilla syrups. Oh, and a heaping swirl of whipped cream (we went with chocolate) on top.

Either way, his namesake latte lives on.

Order yours hot, or go with Bradfield’s suggestion and get it iced, like we did.

The hard stuff: No alcohol in this one

Where it’s served: Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St.

What you’ll pay: $4.05 for a regular-sized portion

Other libations at this location: Plenty of coffee options, from the standard (cappuccino, et al) to more Java Break originals like the cinnamon-laced Sarina’s Sin-a-Bun and the minty Jenny’s Julep. For the coffee-averse, Java Break offers hot chocolate, house-made chai and other tea options, plus several varieties of Italian soda.

— Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.

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Lawrence Libations: The Phog at Bird Dog Bar

With everyone still riled up about Monday night’s triple-overtime win over Oklahoma, it seemed only appropriate to extend the celebration with this week’s Lawrence Libation.

The Bird Dog Bar’s extremely potent KU-themed cocktail, cleverly titled The Phog because it will “leave you in the fog,” according to the menu, is a blend of rum, gin, brand and Curaçao. There’s also orange juice and grenadine in this, ahem, spirited cocktail, which, coupled with the blue Curaçao, makes for a very festive tribute to the Jayhawk and all things KU.

The Phog, pictured with the Jayhawk and Crimson shots at the Bird Dog Bar at The Oread hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.

The Phog, pictured with the Jayhawk and Crimson shots at the Bird Dog Bar at The Oread hotel, 1200 Oread Ave. by Joanna Hlavacek

Down one of these Phogs before heading to the fieldhouse for a big game or to celebrate another Jayhawk win. But, as the saying goes, Beware of The Phog. (Seriously, you guys, drink responsibly.)

The hard stuff: Captain Morgan spiced rum, Bombay Sapphire gin, blue Curaçao

Where it's served: Bird Dog Bar at The Oread hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.

What you'll pay: $8

Other libations at this location: More KU-inspired cocktails, like the Wescoe Beach (it sure looked appealing on the menu, unlike its eyesore namesake), and the Jayhawk and Crimson shots, pictured here alongside The Phog. The Bird Dog has the classics, too: sidecars, mojitos and the like.

Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.

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Lawrence Libations: NY Times Crossword at Ladybird Diner

The NY Times Crossword at Ladybird Diner, 721 Massachusetts St.

The NY Times Crossword at Ladybird Diner, 721 Massachusetts St. by Joanna Hlavacek

This week's Lawrence Libations is a no-brainer. As an uncool, curmudgeon-y old man metaphorically trapped in the body of a twentysomething, I'm all about newspapers (obviously) and crossword puzzles — and, as I learned this week, cocktails named after such things.

Ladybird Diner's "NY Times Crossword Puzzle" is a drink after this reporter's own heart. It's located on the restaurant's "Good morning...Let's DRINK!" (well, OK, if you say so) menu, along with such breakfast classics as mimosas and bloody marys. The Times boasts a refreshing blend of gin, grapefruit juice (another favorite of the elderly) and lavender simple syrup.

The lavender is subtle, and so is the gin. I'd say the alcohol content here is just strong enough to get a buzz going without taking away the competitive edge needed for taking on the actual New York Times crossword puzzle — with a pen, because everybody knows drinking leads to a false sense of confidence.

The hard stuff: Gin

Where it's served: Ladybird Diner, 721 Massachusetts St.

What you'll pay: $5.99

Other libations at this location: More breakfast-y cocktails, including the Morgan Freeman ("personable, likable, with a distinct voice," Ladybird advertises) and the Ladybird Sunrise, plus hot drinks (tequila-laced hot chocolate sounds especially appealing in these chilly temps), boozy coffee and "fussy cocktails" with names like Quantrill's Ghost and Wreck-Ya Float.

— Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.

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Lawrence Libations: Samuel Clemens at Genovese

The Samuel Clemens martini at Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

The Samuel Clemens martini at Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St. by Joanna Hlavacek

Nov. 30 marks what would have been the 180th birthday of beloved American writer Mark Twain. Given the humorist’s boozy reputation, what better way to celebrate his life and works than with Genovese’s Twain-inspired cocktail?

Better known by his folksy pen name, Samuel Clemens was apparently a huge fan of whiskey, at one point declaring, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” (Speaking from personal experience, I can say there is such a thing as too much whiskey, but who am I to argue with genius?)

There’s plenty of it in Genovese’s rich, frothy martini, which also contains coffee liqueur, Irish cream and a sprinkling of coffee beans. One can only imagine the spectacular milk mustache this drink would create on Twain’s facial hair; picturing the solidly Midwestern dude swilling a martini glass garnished with coffee beans requires a little more imagination.

Twain was once quoted as saying coffee induces wit — though knocking back a few of his namesake cocktails should also do the trick, if you catch my drift.

The hard stuff: Crown Royal whiskey, coffee liqueur

Where it's served: Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

What you'll pay: $8

Other libations at this location: Plenty of classic cocktails (bloody marys, Moscow mules, mimosas and the like), plus more than 20 martinis, from The Genovese (this signature drink features gin, Genovese basil and fresh lime juice) to refreshing thirst-quenchers like the Blood Orange and Cucumber.

— Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.

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