The Lady Killer trade paperback came out this month, and in celebration (because Ginnis loooooooves Lady Killer — see her reviews), she requested Lady Killer themed cocktails from our boozy WWAC writers. Whether these cocktails are vintage influenced or more conceptual, you can find one to appease your inner lady assassin.
Amanda Vail’s Grandmother’s Daily 3pm Toddie
In celebration of Lady Killer, I give you my grandmother’s daily 3pm “toddie time” drink: the Dry Manhattan. She insisted that it be garnished with olives instead of the traditional lemon rind, and if the waiter brought her a drink with the wrong garnish she wouldn’t hesitate to send it back. Toast your grandmothers and drink up!
- 2 oz. Canadian whisky
- 1 oz. dry vermouth
- Dash of bitters
Serve on the rocks and garnished with two to three pimento olives on a cocktail stick.
Birdi Lulu’s Easy Bourbon Cocktail for the Busy Lady Assassin
Killing ain’t easy and neither is finding time to mix a decent cocktail when acquiring your target. For the assassin always on the move, consider a bourbon on the rocks. The ice will help to cool and hydrate you without slowing you down.
- 3 oz. preferred bourbon
- 2 ice cubes
Place ice cubes in tumbler, add bourbon, and refresh your senses.
I pulled open my pantry and thought, if I’d just come home from taking out a target, but still had all that ironing to do, I’d need a serious pick me up. Thus the Pick-Me-Up was born.
- 6 oz. instant coffee cooled in the fridge
- 2 oz. Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
Stir and enjoy. Note: If you do not take your coffee black, add your usual creamer and sweetener before and allow it to cool.
Ginnis Tonik’s Vintage Cocktail Recommendations
Vintage and retro cocktails have been trending hard with the recent attention to mixology and nostalgia. The following links are great resources for finding your vintage cocktail of choice.
- If you are new to classic and vintage cocktails, then start a little easy with Buzzfeed’s “5 Vintage Cocktails You Need to be Drinking” or Food 52’s list of “15 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know.”
- Maybe you have already tried your hand at some of these cocktails, then if so, try branching out to Serious Eat’s “25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know.”
- If you are a cocktail aficionado interested in expanding your vintage cocktail knowledge, then you should check out Serious Eat’s “Ask a Bartender: What’s Your Favorite Old-School Cocktail Book?” Old recipe books are some of the most enjoyable ways to get your foodie and history nerd on at the same time.
- And finally, got some ingredients already and are in need of inspiration? The Vintage Drink allows you to type in what is currently in your bar into a search engine and then generates a list of potential vintage cocktails.