The Milwaukee Lion is a thing that exists. At first I was extremely skeptical, but after a grainy video and a police confirmation, followed by weeks of stakeouts and attempted trappings, I have to, NAY want to, believe.
I’m surprised that some mixologist (cringe) hasn’t already crafted a new cocktail in honor of our regal, four-legged transplant. So naturally we at The Squeaky Curd had to take it upon ourselves.
The Milwaukee Lion Cocktail had to meet the following qualifications:
The Losers #1:
Friend of The Curd, Taylor, volunteered to participate in this trial by fire. His sweet attempt was met with light applause.
Descriptions: “Sickly-sweet.” “I don’t think this’ll be super great.” “I’m pleased with the color.” “You could get messed up on that.” And, upon finishing, “Welp, found the rest of the alcohol.”
The Loser #2:
Head Writer for The Curd, Joe, (stupidly) went for bold and unique.
Ingredients: ice, tequila, homemade Limoncello, Sprecher Cream Soda, Angostura bitters, quick stir, and a splash of grenadine (“blood of the Lion’s enemies”).
Descriptions: “Smells like aftershave…tastes like aftershave.” “Like a Lion-fight in a glass.” “The more I drink, the less I hate the drink. But the more I hate myself.”
After many deliberations and libations, we all agreed that Curd Editor, Katie, crafted a drink worthy of being referred to as The Milwaukee Lion Cocktail.
– 2 oz Brandy (this is Wisco, after all)
– 1 oz apple juice
– shake with ice, pour in glass
– Ginger Ale (to top)
– 1 Maraschino cherry
It met all previous qualifications, and is easy enough for a bartender to actually make.
Descriptions: “Really good.” “Needs more Brandy.” “Good Fall drink.”
There you have it: The Milwaukee Lion Cocktail. Order one at your local watering hole (by name, of course), and raise a toast to Katie and The Squeaky Curd for doing the hardcore journalism necessary to bring you the fiercest cocktail in the 414. But don’t invite this guy.