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from previous page was a task that proved both fun and stressful for the cocktail fanatic, who, for the record, has no formal mixology training. However, this doesn’t make her libations any less tasty. “These are not necessarily bartenders’ drinks,” Croll tells the Straight by phone. “They’re home takes on cocktails.”
This humble approach to cocktail-making means many of Free the Tipple’s concoctions are beginner-friendly—not to mention a joy to mix, shake, and sip. Croll did her homework before creating each recipe, delving into her subjects’ work, backgrounds, and personalities to ensure that the beverages reflected them in some way. The Serena Williams is an updated Pimm’s Cup—the official drink of Wimbledon—made from strawberries, mint, and ginger beer, for instance, while the Naomi
Klein uses a kombucha base and small-batch ingredients to honour the activist’s anticapitalist views. “That’s a good one if you just want something to sip on,” Croll says of the Naomi.
Those with experience around a cocktail shaker can look to the Zaha Hadid, an interpretation of the Ramos Gin Fizz that requires at least 60 seconds of vigorous upper-body movement because, in Croll’s words, “a woman whose buildings were impossible to build deserves a cocktail that is challenging to make.” And then there’s the Flo-jo, a layered libation that’s served red, blue, and white— colours that Florence Delorez Griffith-joyner, the decorated American athlete and fastest woman of all time, had painted on her fingernails when she sprinted her way to three
gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics. “The Flo-jo was crazy,” notes Croll. “That one was actually really difficult [to make] because it’s a lot about presentation.”
The list of women featured in Free the Tipple is as broad and diverse as the drinks themselves. In fact, tantalizing recipes aside, the book offers a compact, digestible way to acquaint (or reacquaint) oneself with some relatively lesser-known badass women from around the globe. Among these names are French writer Anaïs Nin; Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova; and Tanya Tagaq, the Inuk throat singer and Order of Canada recipient who won the Polaris Music Prize in 2014. All 60 women in the tome are people that Croll respects and admires greatly. “I was looking at this as very much like when someone asks you what your dream dinner party is and who you would invite to that,” she explains. “It wasn’t about, like, ‘Oh, I have to include all the most famous pop stars.’ So there are some people—many people—who are left out, as you’ll see. But it was more about striking that balance.”
As for what kind of cocktail would embody Croll? “A spicy chocolate mezcal margarita,” the author shares after some deep introspection. “I’d infuse the mezcal with chili and replace the triple sec with crème de cacao. The smoky, earthy flavour of the mezcal ties into the musty smell of books.…the chocolate notes hint that I am a known chocolate fiend, and the spice is there because I have an attitude.” We’ll drink to that.