What makes an already yummy cocktail even more delicious? When it’s made with spirits produced under female leadership and inspired by badass women.
This Spring the NoMo SoHo Hotel in NYC is running an “Inspiring Women” cocktail promotion. From monarchs to mathematicians, each of the six drinks pays tribute to females who changed modern history—and they were created by a woman. Head Bartender Megan Lazar incorporated a spirit produced under female leadership, including Master Distillers and Master Blenders, in every drink.
“Women have changed the course of modern history with tremendous strides in all fields, from politics to science, music to art,” says Lazar. “We extensively researched these six exceptionally inspiring women and we salute them with spirits crafted by women who are equally trailblazing in the drinks world.”
Best of all, Lazar has shared the recipes with us—so even if you’re not in New York, you can try these drinks and toast to history’s finest women. Click through the gallery below to see the drinks and get the recipes. (And if you’re in New York, swing by the NoMo SoHo Hotel from now until Mother’s Day to try the drinks.)
The Jane Goodall
Inspiration: A British primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall is considered to be the ultimate global authority on chimpanzees. The cocktail incorporates Appleton Rum, crafted by Joy Spence, the world’s first female Master Blender of Rum.
1 oz Appleton 12 Year Old Rum
1 oz Yaguara Organic Cachaça
.67 oz banana syrup
.5 oz Pedro Ximénez Sherry
10 dashes St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 whole egg
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake to combine. Add ice and shake again. Strain and serve in a fresh coconut over ice. Garnish with a striped paper straw.
The Frida Kahlo
Inspiration: Frida Kahlo was an iconoclastic Mexican artist who was renowned for her self-portraits, portraits and works of art that took her country’s nature and artifacts as inspiration. The cocktail incorporates Herradura Tequila, crafted by Master Distiller Maria Theresa Lara.
1.5 oz Pineapple and Chipotle-Infused Herradura Tequila
.5 oz Mezcal Nucano
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz strawberry syrup
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
The Emma Goldman
Inspiration: Emma Goldman was a renowned Jewish-American anarchist, writer, feminist and political activist. The cocktail incorporates two BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies crafted by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, one of only a handful of female Master Blenders in Scotland (who we recently featured in Wine of the Week).
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir, strain and serve up in a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
The Elizabeth Windsor
Inspiration: Better known as Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Windsor is the beloved monarch of the United Kingdom. She ascended to the throne in 1952 and is synonymous with the Royal family. The cocktail incorporates Hendrick’s Gin, crafted by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie.
1.5 oz Strawberry Sous Vide Hendrick’s Gin
.75 oz Manzanilla Sherry
.5 oz Cocchi Americano Rosa
1 dash rhubarb bitters
Instructions: Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir, strain and serve up in a shaved cucumber-wrapped coupe. Express a lemon twist and spray with atomized rose water to garnish.
The Nina Simone
Inspiration: Nina Simone was an African-American singer, arranger, songwriter, pianist and Civil Rights Movement activist. Her musical stylings spanned jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, classical, folk and pop. The cocktail incorporates Laird’s Applejack, crafted by America’s oldest family of distillers that is led by Lisa Laird Dunn, a ninth-generation family member.
1.5 oz Laird’s Applejack
.75 oz ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto
.75 oz blueberry lavender cordial
.67 oz lime juice
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with two spritzes of Laphroaig 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky on top and three blueberries on a bamboo skewer.
The Katherine Johnson
Inspiration: Katherine Johnson is an African-American mathematician whose advanced calculations were critical to the success of the U.S. space program. The cocktail incorporates Macchu Pisco, crafted by Master Distiller Melanie Asher.
1.5 oz Macchu Pisco
.75 oz Tarragon Sous Vide Cocchi Americano
.25 oz simple syrup
.75 oz yuzu juice
10 dashes Chartreuse
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice with a tarragon sprig frozen within.