Women’s History Month at Threadneedle Bar

Who run the world? Girls. (yes I did just start my article by quoting Beyoncé!)

In recognition of this, and to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Threadneedle Bar at The Royal Exchange is offering an exclusive woman only deal. Throughout March, ladies can enjoy cocktails for just £6 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm Monday- Wednesday and savour the sweet taste of pride for their sex.

Threadneedle Bar has designed a glamourous menu of cocktails inspired by five remarkable women who have influenced society, and helped shaped history so that the women of today are still reaping the benefits. The influential heroines range from regal queens to style icons to women’s rights pioneers; listed below are the descriptions of the cocktails in all their glory:

Coco Rouge: this cocktail is influenced by the fashion designer Coco Chanel, notorious for her love of champagne and her claim that red wine kept her young at heart. She advocated that women should be two things in life: classy and fabulous and these are the key ingredients that are infused in this cocktail. It is a mixture of: Tanqueray gin, Martini Rosso, Hennessy Fine de Cognac and apricot brandy topped with rosé Champagne.

Some Like It Hot! If you have not already guessed from the name, this cocktail is dedicated to one of the world’s most famous film stars: Marilyn Monroe. Threadneedle Bar boasts that like Marilyn, this cocktail is: ‘sugar, spice, and all things nice.’ The cinnamon notes will warm your palate to deliver the ‘spice’, the strawberries and blueberries can account for the ‘sweet’, and the double measure of vodka and shot of lime juice will fulfil the ‘all things nice’ criteria. It is composed of: Ketel One vodka, cinnamon syrup, strawberry puree, lime juice, egg white and fresh blackberries.

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The Pearl of Cleopatra: legend has it that Marc Antony once challenged Cleopatra (none other than the Queen of the Nile herself) that she could not spend a small fortune on one meal. Rising to this, and as a testament to her wealth and power, Cleopatra dissolved her pearl earring in a glass of vinegar before drinking it. So as to re-enact this, Threadneedle Bar has replaced the vinegar with gin and lemon and notes of rhubarb and lavender, to create a cocktail fit for a queen! The ingredients are: Pothecary gin, rhubarb liqueur, lavender syrup, blue curacao liqueur, lemon juice and soda water.

Time’s Up: having just celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Suffragette Movement which led to women gaining the vote, this cocktail is appropriately dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst. It is strong and sharp and packs a punch just like the woman who inspired it! It is an expert blend of: Silent Pool gin, grapefruit juice, lychee puree, lemon juice, sugar syrup, a pinch of lavenchder, and violet liqueur.

Let Them Eat Cake: the final cocktail is inspired by the last Queen of France Marie Antoinette who was renowned for her sweet tooth. This indulgent cocktail fully abuses this through its delicious and mouth-watering fusion of: Ketel One vodka, Mozart Dark chocolate liqueur, sugar syrup and Baileys foam top.

Having just celebrated the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote, and with campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, these cocktails could not be more relevant. Women are rising up and their voices are louder than ever. So who is going to join me in raising a toast?

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