Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close



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Interestingly, despite starring Tom Hanks, there's nary a glimpse of Meg Ryan or a heart-warming love story. Regardless, this story of a boy coming to terms with his father's death and attempting to unravel what may or may not be a mystery left behind by his dad calls for a drink with a little mystery itself, if only to take one's mind off the tears that are sure to flow at some point. Enter The Euphoria, a bracingly herbal combination of elderflower liqueur and gin that levels just enough sweetness and citrus to cut the edge and make the mix work nigh-perfectly, though it's tough to say exactly why.


  • 1 ounce gin (Plymouth or Bombay Sapphire both work nicely in this cocktail)
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur (St. Germain is the gold standard)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a shaker full of ice and shake hard until the mixture is nice and frosty. Strain into a cocktail glass and try to forget about Meg Ryan's “In The Cut.”