For many moms and dads, Monday will be the happiest day of year. Aside from a solar eclipse, the 21st marks the first day of school for thousands of kids across the country. 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.
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 some 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.
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 for when 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.