Lucy Lau

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Pic­ture wind­ing down af­ter a long day with a Bey­oncé in hand. No, not the ac­tual mul­ti­plat­inum-sell­ing, Grammy Award–win­ning, and ta­lented-to-the-point-of-un­fair pop-cul­ture icon who pos­sesses the un­par­al­leled abil­ity to el­e­vate a Coachella set into a life-af­firm­ing re­li­gious ex­pe­ri­ence, but a shot of fiery bour­bon topped gen­er­ously with—what else?—lemon­ade. Or per­haps you’ve had the kind of day that only a bot­tle of your lo­cal liquor store’s most po­tent te­quila can rem­edy. In that case, a Frida Kahlo—a hi­bis­cus­flavoured mar­garita that ref­er­ences the pro­lific artist’s fond­ness for flo­rals— may be more up your al­ley.

It’s all within the realm of pos­si­bil­ity, thanks to Free the Tip­ple, a re­cently launched and beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated hard­cover by lo­cal writer Jen­nifer Croll and New York City–based artist Kelly Shami that of­fers a whop­ping 60 cock­tail recipes, each one in­spired by an in­flu­en­tial, trail­blaz­ing woman from past or present. As a book, the con­cept is kind of ge­nius. I mean, who wouldn’t want to raise a ruby-red glass of rum, maraschino liqueur, and pome­gran­ate juice to nov­el­ist and dystopian-fic­tion dame Mar­garet At­wood? Or toast to Missy “Mis­de­meanor” El­liott with a twist on the Salty Dog that in­cor­po­rates cayenne—a spice that’s, well, as spicy as the pi­o­neer­ing rap star—into the salted rim? Or knock back a few sprin­kle-coated Cham­pagne jelly shoot­ers as a procla­ma­tion of love for Yayoi Kusama, the Ja­panese artist who’s re­spon­si­ble for the in­fin­ity rooms you’ve doubt­less dou­ble-tapped on In­sta­gram in re­cent years?

A hand­ful of the recipes in Free the Tip­ple are clas­sic po­tions, but the ma­jor­ity of them were de­vel­oped by Croll in her Mount Pleas­ant apart­ment. It

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