Beyond Ladies’ Night

Strong cocktails for strong women in celebration of Women’s History Month.


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For most of us modern-day tipplers, it’s hard to imagine a time when women weren’t welcome on either side of the bar.

In honor of Women’s History Month, a number of female bartenders are rolling out cocktails to celebrate the strides made by women in the name of equality—not to mention that celebrating is an excellent excuse to indulge in some tasty concoctions.

Some of the drinks, such as The Ernestine Rose, created by New York bartender Lynette Marrero, are intended to honor individuals who played a critical part in furthering the women’s movement. Others, such as The 1820, from Boston mixologist Misty Kalkofen, were created to commemorate seminal events in women’s history. (Susan B. Anthony was born in 1820.)

Marrero and Kalkofen each preside over their local LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) chapters—a network of cocktail enthusiasts dedicated to “breeding, raising and releasing endangered cocktails into the wild.”

A word of warning: Like the women they are intended to celebrate, these drinks are strong:

THE 1820
By Misty Kalkofen, Founder of LUPEC Boston

1¾ ounces Bols Genever
¼ ounce Galliano L’Autentico
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce lavender simple syrup
1 bar spoon Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
1 dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Ernestine Rose
By Lynnette Marrero, NYC-LUPEC Chapter President

This drink is named for Ernestine Rose, considered by Susan B. Anthony and many others as a leader of the U.S. women's rights movement. She fought intensely for the rights of women, especially married women and widows. 
½ ounce Compass Box Whisky Spice Tree
½ ounce Compass Box Whisky Orangerie
½ ounce Crème Yvette
½ ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange blossom honey syrup
Champagne
Lemon twist, for garnish

Shake together all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Mon Cherrie
Adapted from restaurant Tamarai, London

Across the pond, mixologists at London restaurant Tamarai created a cherry-flavored cocktail to celebrate International Women’s Day. Here’s the WE adaptation, with ingredients U.S. tipplers are likely to find easily:
½ passion fruit, juiced (about 1/3 cup juice, such as Ceres)
½ ounce chocolate liqueur, such as Godiva
½ ounce passion fruit syrup, such as Monin
1½ ounce cherry-flavored vodka
¾ ounce unfiltered apple juice
1 dash orange bitters
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Orange twist, for garnish

Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries and an orange twist.

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