Today we take a break from the silly and lesser-known holidays to celebrate a day of great historical, political and social importance: Women’s Equality Day. It is on this day 91 years ago that the 19th amendment was certified in the United States, granting women the right to vote.
Today more than ever we should raise a glass in honor of our unflappable foremothers who transformed the impossible into the inalienable with their strength, courage and intellect. To celebrate, set aside the flirty cocktails for another day, and instead vote in favor of one of these timeless mixed drinks, that like the suffragettes have more to offer than a pretty exterior.
Speaking of strong, hardworking women, did you know that all worker bees are female? This first recipe pays homage to those busy little honey machines and the era of equality all in one glass. The Bees Knees cocktail is syrupy sweet with a citrusy sting, enticing on its own, but powerful in swarms...er...batches.
Female named cocktails are hard to come by in this world of Tom Collinses and Harvey Wallbangers, which is why the Mona Fizza caught my attention. Sure it's name is punny, but there's something dark and mysterious, yet wildly familiar about the Mona Lisa, not unlike this Prosecco with Raspberries cocktail courtesy of party expert Cheryl Dent.
Don't you dare call this next drink a southern belle. A staple of the south, the Mint Julep is a curious little contradiction in a glass. Refined yet rustic, sweet yet herbal, this classic cocktail goes beyond Derby Day with its well-rounded flavor and sheer ambition.