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For many moms and dads, it’s the happiest time of the year. The first day of school is just around the corner. Long gone are the days of complaints about boredom, messy living rooms, and being forced to cook lunch for multiple mouths. That is now entirely a teacher and his or her administration’s responsibility. (Kidding, kind of.)

As a way to celebrate, the folks at MyRecipes have concocted a Back-to-School cocktail that is both painfully simple and hilariously thematic. In fact, they encourage you to sip it in the AM as you send your children to the bus stop. All you need is an apple juice box (certainly something you’ll have on hand), cognac, ice, and Champagne.

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First, squeeze the juice box into a shaker filled with ice. Add one shot of cognac and shake until the liquids are mixed and chilled. Pour into your favorite “World’s Best Mom” or “#1 Dad” mug and top with a Champagne floater. Feel free to garnish with a sprig of oregano, because you’re classy like that. Not a fan of apple juice? Try orange juice instead. Hoping to tone down the sugar content? Grapefruit also makes an ideal option. Either way, you’ve got the cognac and a little bubbly. It’s a hard thing to mess up.

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The drink pairs excellently with pancakes, scrambled eggs, and the action of pushing your kids out the door. We’d tell you to drink in moderation, but you have a good seven hours to get your party on, nap, and then sober up by the time they’re back. Because let’s be completely honest: The first day of school should be just as exciting for parents as it is for students. And if it isn’t, you must not have been taught well.

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Joey is a NYC-based writer/editor, TV/radio personality, editor-at-large for Chowhound, author of "Basic Bitchen," and host of "Dish This." His work has been featured in outlets like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, Travel+Leisure, and BuzzFeed. Prior to a career in editorial, he served as the lead publicist for hit TLC shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "My Strange Addiction," and "My Crazy Obsession." In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, visiting the beaches of Naples, Fla. (his hometown), worshipping Beyoncé, eating sour candy, writing depressing poetry, interior design, and perfecting his stand-up comedy routine. He's also been struck by lightning—quite the shocking experience.
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