August 26th was Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 95th anniversary of the day women were granted the right to vote in the US. In honor of this important holiday, we partnered with Hollaback!, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment and making the streets safe for all — check out our video!
But, we think this subject matter is worthy of a drink, too. Interestingly enough, women’s history and cocktails go hand in hand. The temperance movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries occurred concurrently with the suffrage movement, and it sort of paved the way for women’s campaigning to gain momentum and attention. Basically, women got real good at politics around this time.
The temperance movement (and Prohibition) was against the consumption of alcohol, but you know what? Let’s just chalk one up to progress here and raise our glasses to our foremothers’ incredible work. We have a great cocktail commemorating this historic event.
But first, let’s all do a serious eye roll over how this drink was originally advertised back in 1909:
Yikes. Next, let’s stave off that snark and get on with the recipe:
Pictured: Libation Imagination Cocktail Set.
What You’ll Need:
1 oz sloe gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1 oz sweet vermouth
Dash of orange bitters
1. Put the sloe gin, dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass filled with ice.
2. Stir until well chilled.
3. Strain into a cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a lemon twist.
There’s so much good readin’ on the topic of women’s history (specifically related to suffrage, temperance, Prohibition, and this very cocktail). Here’s a great start:
- The Suffragette (Distilled History)
- September 6 — Louisa Ann Swain Votes (The Cocktail Calendar)
- Lady Liquor: Temperance, Suffrage and the Matter of Strange Bedfellows (Bitch Media)
- Lady Liquor: Getting out the Vote, Filling up the Hip Flask, and Teaching Little Johnny to Drink (Bitch Media)