217 Episodes of Awesome!

As a podcast fan and podcaster myself, I know what it takes to keep a podcast going, all of the research, passion, dedication and time involved. So to celebrate 10 years is a huge accomplishment. One of my favorite podcasts, The History Chicks, just celebrated their 217th episode and 10 years of podcasting. So as a gift to these two awesome ladies, Beckett and Susan, I wanted to create a special cocktail for them. So this is the recipe for the 217, which I hope you will have fun re-creating and enjoy at home.

Actually, I had so much fun going back to prior episodes for inspiration, that I decided to pair a cocktail with each episode of The History Chicks, working my way backwards. So stay tuned for more...

217 Episodes of Awesome! (Or you can just call it 217) Recipe: 1 ½ oz Uncle Nearest 1884 whiskey ½ oz Lillet Rouge ½ oz Peach ice cream syrup 1 oz Fresh lemon juice 2 dashes Hella Mexican Chocolate Bitters ½ oz Egg white or AquaFaba

Tools: Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, a stemmed cocktail glass like a coupe or a martini glass.

Method: Shake all ingredients vigorously without ice for about 30 seconds, then add a small handful of cubed ice, shake again and strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a flower.

Uncle Nearest whiskey is named after the best whiskey maker the world never knew, Nearest Green, known affectionately as Uncle Nearest.

Uncle Nearest is the first distillery in the world to be named after an African American, the first bottle to commemorate an African American, only the second major spirits brand to be led by a woman. And, the all-female executive team is the first and only for a major American spirits brand, as well as the only major American spirit brand to be led by an African-American. And by the way, the whiskey is delicious! Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American Whiskey brand in 2019 & 2020.

Josephine Baker (Episode 34 & 35) I wanted to incorporate a little something French as a nod to one of my favorite History Chicks episodes. Lillet Rouge (pronounced lee-leh) is a fresh and fruity French apéritif. It is a blend of Bordeaux wines and citrus liquors. Lillet dates back to 1872, it was first created by a pair of wine merchant brothers as a tonic. Lillet can be enjoyed neat, on ice and is a wonderful cocktail component.

Zephyr Wright (Episode 151) made a delicious homemade peach ice cream, I’ve taken her recipe and turned it into a cocktail syrup. She was a powerhouse and persevered as such an inspirational figure. As a strong historical Black woman, I wanted to incorporate her spirit into this cocktail.

Frida Kahlo (Episode 42), another of my favorite episodes, she was living art in every way in my opinion, so I had to not only use an ingredient that hailed from Mexico, but also use a product that matched her uniqueness. Hella Mexican Chocolate Bitters is absolute artistry in a bottle, with the perfect marrying of soft cocoa flavors, herbs, spices and just a hint of caliente!

Note: Aquafaba is essentially chickpea juice, it is a great alternative if you absolutely cannot have egg white. But please, don’t fear the egg whites in your cocktails!

Peach Ice Cream Syrup: reduce 1 cup of peach ice cream in a pan, add 1 cup of water 1/2 cup of sugar, simmer until all sugar is dissolved. Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.