Ladies Choice cocktail

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of presenting a session about food at YoUnlimited,  a local women’s conference here in Victoria.

The day was filled with presentations and panels all touching on various aspects of mind/body/soul, and was a great opportunity to connect with other women I normally only get to see in passing, or wave at via social media.

The evening prior, Carolyne Taylor, YoUnlimited’s founder, teamed up with the Seaside Times to run a Women in Business Mixer to help celebrate their most recent issue highlighting some of the great work that women entrepreneurs on the Penninsula are doing!  I have to say, Sidney is bursting with business activity — certainly not the sleepy little town I remember growing up here!

I was asked to create a cocktail to commemorate the weekend.  One of the ingredients I was hoping to showcase were the herbal teas produced by Lily Fawn, of Earth’s Herbal.   I’ve used her Root Beer tea in this cocktail, and it really does taste like root beer — all the herbs, spices and roots I put in my own root beer!  (I may be using it in my next root-beer batch – I’ll let you know it goes!).

I’ve called this cocktail “Ladies Choice”, in part to recognize the women building community here in Victoria, BUT also because I went with Forty Creek whisky as the base spirit — a whisky that distiller John Hall has said he created with his wife’s palate in mind. I also added ginger syrup, and a splash of Fernet Branca.

Ladies Choice

created by Janice Mansfield, 2012

  • 45 ml Forty Creek whisky
  • 20 ml ginger syrup
  • 20 ml grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 5 ml Fernet Branca
  • 60 ml Earth’s Herbal Root Beer tea
  • 2-3 dashed grapefruit bitters

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain and serve straight up in a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a grapefruit twist and a piece of candied ginger.





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