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March is Women’s History Month, so what better way to mark the occasion than with a roundup of awesome cocktails from some fierce female drink crafters across the country? Not only are these women increasingly making their mark in a traditionally male-dominated industry, but they are also innovating in enticing ways with flavor combinations, flare, and exceptional expertise.
What else can we say? These women just slay, all day, and we’re totally here for it.
Señorita Rosa at Common Goods Cocktail House
Crafted by bartender Grace Holmen of Common Good Cocktail House just outside of Chicago, Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon is the base of this cocktail that combines Quinquina Rouge Honey Syrup, fresh lemon juice, Tino Fino Sherry, Campari and sage leaves. The vibrant color comes in part from the Quinquina Rouge Honey Syrup, created by stirring together two parts honey and one part Cap Corse Mattei Rouge Quinquina. Saison beer tops off the drink along with a sage leaf garnish and straw.
560 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137; www.commongoodcocktailhouse.com; @commongoodcocktails
Proper 86 at The House of Machines
Created by Amanda (aka @bad_birdy on IG), the head bartender at The House of Machines in Los Angeles, this decadent cocktail features Blackened American Whiskey, sweet vermouth, Biscotti liqueur, lemon oils expressed, and chocolate bitters. All of the ingredients are combined, stirred together, and poured over a large ice cube. A brûlée lemon, which is added to balance out the sweet notes of the cocktail, serves as the perfect garnish to top off the drink.
2028 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021; www.thehouseofmachines.com: @thehouseofmachines_lax
Dia de Los Muertos at Little Park
Although this cocktail translates to Day of the Dead, the combination of ingredients will make your senses feel very much alive. Recipe (and photo) by bartender Lara Ruth Smith at Little Park in NYC, it combines Craneo Mezcal, Chinese Five Spice-infused Lillet Rouge, Sfumato Amaro, and Chile Amargo. All ingredients are stirred together then strained into a martini coupe. The finishing touch is a garnish of toasted marshmallow on the rim of the glass.
85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007; www.littlepark.com; @littleparknyc
Founding Father at Anvil Bar & Refuge
Some things are bigger in Texas; some things are just better. Take for example this cocktail from bartender Qwesha Byrd at Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston, which features Angostura bitters, Bittercube Jamaican #2 bitters, Chai syrup, Warre’s Kings Tawny Port, and Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. All ingredients are stirred together in a mixing glass with ice until chilled and diluted, then strained over a large format cube. Next, ingredients are zested with lemon that’s then discarded. A dehydrated lemon wheel pierced with 4 cloves serves as a garnish.
1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006; www.anvilhouston.com; @anvilhouston
Fast Car at The Shanty
Can you accelerate flavor with three ingredients? That’s a yes, so count us in—and count on us recreating this cocktail in the privacy of our own homes. Crafted by Marissa Mazzotta, Bar Manager at The Shanty in Brooklyn, this savory cocktail features a trifecta of tasty spirits: Ragtime Rye Bottled in Bond Whiskey, Fernet, and Aperol. All of the ingredients are combined and stirred then served up with an orange twist as garnish.
79 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY 11222; www.nydistilling.com/the-shanty; @theshantybk
March Into New York at Hermitage Farm
Marching to the beat of your own drum is what Women’s History Month is all about, and this cocktail does that. Recipe (and photo) by Erin Delaney, the Food and Beverage Director of Hermitage Farm in Kentucky, combines Maker’s Mark Cask Strength with butternut squash syrup, lemon juice, and black walnut bitters. All ingredients are stirred and strained into a glass over ice then topped with Cabernet Sauvignon added as a float.
10500 US-42, Goshen, KY 40026; www.hermitagefarm.com; @hermitagefarm
Golden Milk Colada at Kindred
Created (and photographed by) Charlotte Mirzoeff, Head Bartender at Kindred in NYC, this combination of fruit flavors is giving off some serious tropical vibes. Ingredients featured include Maker’s Mark bourbon, golden milk tea blend-infused coconut milk, pineapple liqueur, and lime juice. Everything is shaken together then strained onto crushed ice, topped off with a garnish of pineapple leaves and toasted coconut flakes. Pro tip: If you can’t find golden milk tea blend, combine equal parts ground ginger and ground turmeric.
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342 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003; www.kindred-nyc.com; @kindred_nyc