In a week, the Badgirlz will kick off a series on Writer Conferences. The how tos, insider info, and survival tips & tricks. In the spirit of preparing for a national convention, I bring you the nectar of most writers (besides coffee): Cocktails!
I love to play amateur bartender, but you can try one of these at the hotel lobby bar as you mingle with editors, agents, and fellow writers. At home, everyone gravitates to the kitchen, at a conference, everyone gravitates to the bar. Even if you don’t drink, order a cranberry juice with lime and hang out. Socialize! You’re bound to meet someone new.
Each of these drinks is named for a Badgirl. I’m not sure if it’s their fave, but it’s a drink I associate with them in style, flavor, and reputation. Cheers!
First, it’s refreshing, it’s beach-y and summer-y, it’s sweet with a potent kick, it’s:
10 mint leaves, 1 lime, sugar to taste, 2 shots of white rum, 1/2 cup club soda
Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. LOTS OF ICE FOR SYD! Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
Next, it’s simple, yet complex. Looks tame, but is bold and dark with a smooth finish, it’s:
The JG Red
Grab a BIG wine glass and a wine opener, open a bottle of Cupcake’s Red Velvet or any Pinot Noir, pour to just below the rim of the glass. Re-cork and stick the bottle in your big, black purse, and travel.
Serious, but playful. A classic with a modern, southern twist. Looks simple enough, but there’s potency in its simplicity and it will get the job DONE. It’s:
McGovy’s Makers Mark Manhattan
2 shots Makers Mark Bourbon Whisky, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth. Pour into cocktail shaker w/ ice, drain into cocktail glass. Maraschino cherry for garnish
Bright and bubbly, girly but enough of it and you’ll get your swerve on. It’s:
Sophisticated and feminine with a tart finish. This lovely looking drink will end with you dancing on the tables and busting rhymes with old school rap if you’re not careful. It’s the:
2 shots citron vodka (Don’t skimp. Get the good stuff), 1 shot triple sec or cointreau, 1 shot cranberry juice, juice of 1 lime (or about 3/4 ounce), ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the ingredients. Shake and pour into cocktail glass. Drink. Dance!
Finally, it’s sweet but tangy, refreshing and makes you happy on the inside. It won’t kick your tale so long as you don’t push it, and there’s a little present at the end, in the form of an orange slice! It’s:
Pop the top on a cold bottle of Blue Moon, Pour into a pilsner glass, let settle and add orange slice. You’ll want more than one. I promise!
Hope y’all enjoy! Remember to party responsibly and either walk or just keep your crazy self at the conference hotel. That way you’re safe! 😉 Hope to see everyone soon!