Croatia Week: Work Avoidance Cocktail Recipe

Croatia Week: Work Avoidance Cocktail Recipe

Croatia Week: Work Avoidance 

We recently tended bar for a Harvard Kennedy School of Government alumni event held at the Croatian embassy. It was sort of a reunion of participants in Ronald Heifetz’s crazily popular class on Adaptive Leadership. We designed custom cocktails for the event, using Croatian liquor for the ingredients and Adaptive Leadership catchphrases for the names. Today, we give you Work Avoidance. I think in the class it was a bad thing, but it makes for a great basis for a cocktail.

We always like to have one cocktail on our menu with a wine or fortified wine base, instead of a spirit. They bring down the alcohol content of the drink without sacrificing flavor, making them the perfect cocktails for people who say, ‘Cocktails are too strong for me.’ We, of  course, used a Croatian white here. We also used Maraska liqueur, because we look for any opportunity to use maraschino, and because there’s no such thing as too many Croatian origin ingredients for this event. For the orange liqueur, we used our favorite, Aperol, for it’s mellow sweetness and, honestly, for the color; but any orange liqueur could do the job.


  • 2 oz white wine (we, of course, went Croatian)
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (we used Aperol)
  • .25 oz Maraska maraschino liqueur (if you want to follow the Croatian theme)
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • .25 tsp honey
  • orange slice, for garnish


  • shake all but the orange slice vigorously with ice until the honey is fully dissolved–we’d usually recommend stirring with a mix of ingredients like this, but it takes quite a bit of effort to mix the honey in well
  • strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with orange slice

Roberts & June