Crisis of the heart? Just add vodka.

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Nothing drowns the sorrows of love quite like a cocktail.

But rather than imbibing a hangover-inducing Long Island iced tea when you hit a romantic pothole, try mixing it up (pun intended) instead. In Cocktail Therapy (out now on Simon Spotlight Entertainment), former bartenders Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey recommend the perfect drink for every pitfall. Here’s a sampling of two love dilemmas and their perfectly inebriating solutions.

The Crisis
: You’ve resolved to end your long-term relationship in person and with minimal bloodshed. A drink with caffeine, vodka, and club soda will give you energy, liquid courage, and help settle your stomach.


The Cocktail: Caffeinated Club
1 1/2 oz. caffeinated vodka (try P.I.N.K., with caffeine and guarana)
Club soda
Slice of lime

In a highball glass filled with ice, combine vodka and soda and garnish with the slice of lime. NOTE: If he starts to cry, double the vodka.

The Crisis: You adore your boyfriend, but the commitment-phobe has yet to say “I love you.” Serve him a drink brimming with romance-inducing basil to seduce those magic words right out of him.

The Cocktail: Love Potion No. 9
1 1/2 oz. raspberry- or strawberry-flavored vodka
1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup strawberries
Several fresh basil leaves

Muddle the berries and basil in a rocks glass, leaving one leaf for a garnish, and stir in vodka. Add ice, garnish with a basil leaf, and bat your eyelashes ’til he comes around.

Looking for other ways to enjoy alcohol à deux? Check out our roundup of date-worthy late summer wine tastings here.

–Michelle Carlton

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