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The Acerbic Mrs. Parker Cocktail

Courtesy Allen Katz, The Shanty at New York Distilling Company, Brooklyn, NY

An easy to build, punchbowl-ready cocktail, perfect for when you’re short on time. Just like the sharp-tongued writer for whom it’s named (Dorothy Parker, of the Algonquin Round Table), this drink may appear demure, but it packs a punch.


16 ounces gin (Katz prefers Dorothy Parker American Gin)
2 ounces orange liqueur
4 ounces hibiscus syrup (or other floral syrup)
4 ounces lemon juice
Seltzer, to top
8 orange wedges, for garnish


Funnel first four ingredients into an empty 1-liter bottle. When ready to serve, shake well to mix, then divide among eight glasses (or pour 3 ¼ ounces into each glass). Scoop ice into each glass, and stir to chill. Top each glass with chilled seltzer. Garnish each glass with an orange wedge. Serves 8.