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A gender-neutral cocktail with a revolutionary intent

April 6, 2018

The Guerilla Girls cocktail from PrettyUgly Bar. Can you handle it?

Take an award-winning Lot No. 40 whisky, infuse it with a sense of rebellion and you get a cocktail worthy of an uprising… courtesy of PrettyUgly Bar

By Omar Jaber

When I think of awards, I think of a little gold man in the hands of some celebrity whose speech is, without a doubt, going to be too long…

Maybe I should rephrase that. If you asked me a year ago, that would have been my initial thought. Today, however, I’m singing a different tune. A tune that has been distilled in a single copper pot still and aged in virgin oak barrels, resulting in a full-bodied vanilla oak finish. But don’t take my word for it. Go ask the good folks on the panel of the Canadian Whisky Awards. A panel that recognized Lot No. 40 as Canadian whisky of the year.

Toronto’s very own PrettyUgly Bar, one of our favourite places in the city to while away an evening with beautiful libations, has stirred up a cocktail using this award-winning whisky. Yeah, they know an award-winning whisky when they taste it. But they’ve had this particular cocktail on the list for a while. And we’ve felt compelled to put it to the test many times, just so we can vouch for it.

In fact, we guarantee it will make you feel like you, too, just got handed an award. You might even want to prepare an acceptance speech each time you order it. And who is the first person on your list of people to thank? None other than Evelyn Chick, PrettyUgly’s bar manager and curator of all things booze.

The drink, she tells us, is named after an anonymous female art group that brought attention to sexism and racism in the late 1980s. “It’s a gender-neutral cocktail that celebrates deliciousness in a glass, perfect for all cocktail lovers,” she says. “A balanced, stirred, spirit forward cocktail garnished with a piece of art and an actual ‘pepper spray.’” In this case, that spray is a tincture of black pepper, ginger, leather and wood.

So this is a drink on a mission. “The notion of a drink tasting or being presented a certain way shouldn’t adhere to gender specific ‘rules’,” she says. “Squashing the notion that stiff whisky drinks in a ‘manly’ glass are for dude-y dudes.”

Guerilla Girls
1.5 oz. Lot 40
.75 oz. Amaro Lucano
.5 oz. Dry Vermouth
6 drops Lemon Marrakech Bitters (source: @bittered_sling)

Stir ingredients. Strain into a rocks glass with an ice cube. Garnish with art.