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There’s plenty of cocktails named after the hardboiled private dicks like Philip Marlowe’s Gimlet or the intellectual detective, like the smoky Sherlock Holmes cocktail, which by the way includes Sherlock’s favorite tea, Lapsang souchong.

But there’s also a few cocktails named after some of our favorite lady sleuths, from the Honey West martini to the sweet Nancy Drew.

The Honey West Martinihoneywestandocelot

Honey West liked her martinis with gin and vermouth, on the rocks. Although she wore leopard prints and had an ocelot as a pet, she liked her martinis simple and strong.  Maybe because she liked to use her fake olive on a stick to bug conversations.

However, the Honey West restaurant and lounge in Burlington, Canada, has a slew of “HW” cocktails, from the HW Martini to the HW Cosmo.  Check them out by clicking here.

The Nancy Drew

At A Crimson Kiss blog, the author adapted this cocktail recipe from Post Prohibition’s The Lady Detective, omitting the coconut foam, to create The Nancy Drew:

The Nancy Drew
2 oz aged rum 
1 oz ginger syrup
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 
1/2 oz coconut cream
Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.

The Emma Peel

Sweet and tart with a kick, like its namesake, this drink is a mix of fruits and champagne.

1 measure cherry brandy
1  measure pineapple juice
Top it off with champagne

In Honor of the First Female PI Kate Warne: The Pinkerton CocktailKate Warne photo

Kate Warne kept such a low profile, there is only one possible photo of her (see photo on right–many believe the “man” behind Pinkerton is actually Kate Warne dressed undercover).  When she died at 36, her boss Allan Pinkerton, and some believe also her lover, was at her side.  She is buried in his family plot, next to him.

In honor of Kate, here’s the Pinkerton cocktail from Dishbase:

3 oz. apple juice
10 oz. ice
2 oz. strawberries
1/2 apple
2 oz. gin 

Shake well, strain over ice and enjoy.


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