Stiff medicine

Fool’s Gold, Magpie Cafe

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

In the fall, I’m convinced that every tickle in my throat is a sign of impending germ doom. This paranoia becomes an excuse to self-medicate with my grandma’s remedy for everything: booze. Magpie Cafe has crafted the perfect medicine in its Fool’s Gold cocktail ($9). Served during the eatery’s weekend brunch, it’s made with Bulleit Bourbon, honey water and Fever Tree ginger beer. The resulting concoction is lightly sweet with just enough bite to persuade you that it’s got medicinal properties. 1601 16th Street;