For the last couple weeks, we've been shining a spotlight on female creators, influencers, and businesspeople. And to close out the month of February, we're raising a glass and toasting Camille Wilson, the cocktail connoisseur behind the popular blog, The Cocktail Snob! Not only did Camille create three signature cocktails for ModCloth (ModTails, anyone?!), she also sat down for an interview to discuss her love of mixology, what historical figure she would share a drink with, and what she envisions for the future. We'll cheers to that!
We’re dying to know. Where does the absolutely iconic name “The Cocktail Snob” come from? What inspired you to begin crafting cocktails?
I wish I had a cool story about my blog name! But I was walking to work one day after deciding that I would start my blog. And it just came to me like an epiphany. I didn’t have a long, drawn-out brainstorming session or hear it in a song or see it written in graffiti on the subway. It just showed up in my head one day and I knew it was perfect.
This will come as a shock to most people. But I did not drink in college. I hated the taste of alcohol and I could not understand why people drank it. And then, I moved back to NYC at the height of the craft cocktail boom. And it clicked for me. I was actually enjoying cocktails and started to appreciate mixology as a craft. I saw mixologists mixing up all kinds of syrups and elixirs. And I was so intrigued. So I would leave the bars and try to recreate the drinks at home. And shortly after that, I was forcing people to come over and drink all my concoctions from fancy glasses. And from there, I continued experimenting until I started crafting my own recipes from scratch.
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If you could only choose one of your cocktails to make and share with one famous historical figure, alive or dead - what’s the cocktail and who are you sharing it with?
I love this question! I would have a drink with Kamala Harris and I would share a drink I created in her honor. It’s called the Kamala 1-2 Punch and it’s a celebration of her in a glass. The recipe calls for 2 rums: Jamaican white rum and an Indian rum called, Old Monk. It’s sweetened with turmeric simple syrup. And I mixed in lime and passionfruit juices as well. This cocktail tells the story of Kamala’s mixed Jamaican and Indian heritage. And I would love to sip with her and hear all about what it’s like to be the epitome of Black girl magic!
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You crafted three cocktails for ModCloth. Can you tell us more about these signature drinks? What do you love about them and what inspired them?
Absolutely! I made a Coconut Martini, a Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita, and a cocktail I’m calling "Something Blue." I was really inspired by the outfits I chose and wanted to make cocktails that complemented each one.
It was only right that I pair the martini print with an actual martini. So I went with coconut because it reminds me of vacation, which I’m sure we could all use right now. I absolutely loved the skater skirt. It reminded me of my own style, which is sweet and playful with a little edge. So I wanted to create something sweet and spicy. And the Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita captured that balance perfectly. Lastly, I’ve been dying to create a blue cocktail. So when I saw the blue martini sweater, I knew this was my chance. I wanted to use something that’s not typically thought of as a cocktail ingredient. So I went with blue raspberry cotton candy to create something fun and whimsical. That’s "Something Blue."
You began The Cocktail Snob blog back in 2018. What has been your biggest learning lesson since starting? What do you envision for The Cocktail Snob in the future?
Starting my blog was one of the best decisions I ever made. I could never have predicted that I would connect with so many amazingly talented people and that it would open up a world of opportunities I’d never even dreamt of. The biggest lesson I‘ve learned is to never forget why you started. There have been some tough days and long nights in the last 2 years. But when I reconnect to my “why” and my reason for starting in the first place, it gives me the push I need to continue.
For my future, I want to continue to challenge the notion that you need to spend a ton of money and have fancy ingredients to create good cocktails at home. Outside of that, I’ve got a couple big projects in the works that I’m really excited about. And hopefully, we will return to some sense of normalcy in the near future. Because I would love to host some in-person events centered around cocktails and content creation.
Follow The Cocktail Snob for More Yummy Drinks. And Check Out Camille's Signature Recipes Below!
Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita
- 2 oz tequila blanco
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz jalapeño simple syrup*
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ oz triple sec
- pineapple wedge, for garnish
- Combine tequila, pineapple juice, jalapeño simple syrup, triple sec, and ice in a cocktail shaker
- Shake until chilled
- Pour into a glass
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge
*Jalapeño Simple Syrup Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Slice 2 jalapeños and remove the ribs and seeds. Add the slices to the saucepan and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into a container. Discard jalapeño slices.
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz cream of coconut
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz cointreau
- ¼ cup shredded coconut flakes, toasted for garnish (optional)
- 2 tbsp honey for garnish (optional)
- Coat the rim of a martini glass with honey
- Dip the rim of the glass into a plate of toasted shredded coconut flakes to coat.
- Set aside.
- Combine vodka, cream of coconut, lime juice, cointreau and ice into a cocktail shaker
- Shake until chilled
- Strain into the prepared glass
- Blue cotton candy
- 5 oz sparkling wine, chilled
- Place cotton candy at the bottom of a champagne flute
- Top with sparkling wine