Monday makes us want to cry. The weekend is over—the sweet, sweet weekend—and reality is setting in, in all of its grotesque glory. Spreadsheets need to be completed, laundry remains all over the unused side of your bed, and the plants are looking a little brown, aren't they? It's enough to make a single tear roll down your cheek as emails swiftly pile up in your inbox, three new messages popping up for every one that you answer.
Don't worry, friends. We will survive, and the freedom of Friday night will ring again. But first, we need to get through this week. Listen to despondent 80s ballads. Crank "With or Without You," or maybe "Fast Car," if you really want to get the waterworks going. Sometimes you've got to let things be a little sour in order for them to feel sweet.
That's where the Crybaby comes in. Devised by Torrey Bell-Edwards at Brooklyn eatery Willow, the Crybaby applies the principle of applying sourness towards a greater good—the greater good being feeling good, of course.
MAKE IT: The Crybaby
Start with Breuckelen Glorious Gin, which has been aged in oak barrels like a whiskey. Hey, that tastes like wisdom!
Then, add sour beer, lemon juice, and yogurt whey. Sure, they're all tart, but the lemon juice is a bit sweet, the yogurt whey a tad creamy, and the sour beer a bit refreshing. Rosemary syrup adds herbaceousness, while bitters rounds the whole thing out.
Three lefts make a right, after all. It's your Monday and you can cry if you want to—just do it with a tasty drink in hand.