N.Y.C. Bar Serves Up Mel 'Bipolar' Gibson Cocktail

N.Y.C. Bar Serves Up Mel 'Bipolar' Gibson Cocktail
Mel Gibson: The cocktail (left) and The man

07/21/2010 AT 03:40 PM EDT

Mood swings got you down? Back away from the phone and have a drink.

The Oak Bar in New York's Plaza Hotel is proposing a toast to Mel Gibson and his alleged telephone tirades and debuting a "bipolar" cocktail in his honor. (The actor once said he'd been diagnosed with manic depression.)

In true Gibson fashion, the concoction calls for a 1 oz. swig of gin. It also features a shot of vodka – and not just any brew. The Oak Room's executive chef Eric Hara went all out on the mental theme with Van Gogh Vodka, in honor of the artist who suffered from the disorder.

"Gibson … Bipolar … All these words flying around in the media just jumped out at me. So I made a Gibson, which is a classic cocktail, into something thoroughly twisted," Hara tells PEOPLE.com of his liquid creation, adding, "It's a guy drink, by the way. There's nothing sweet about a Gibson."

Want to make it yourself? Here's the recipe:

The Mel Gibson, a Bipolar Cocktail

• 1 oz Van Gogh Vodka
• 1 oz. Bols V.O. Genever Gin
• ¾ oz. vermouth
• 3 oz. club soda
• Splash of cocktail onion juice
Best served on the rocks – like Gibson's career.

Reporting by LIZA HAMM

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