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Sadie Hawkins Day or Not, We Call the Shots

Sadie Hawkins Day is just a little bit passe. We’ve come a long way since 1937, when Al Capp’s hillbilly comic strip Li’l Abner ran a joke about “old spinster” Sadie Hawkins’ father inviting all the eligible bachelors in town to a dance at his home to vie for Sadie’s romantic interest. It’s 2016 now, and women obviously don’t have to wait until the second week of November to make the first move. But, to honor tradition, as well as delicious beverages, here are a few vintage cocktail recipes for that Sadie Hawkins Day party— with a modern twist.

The 19th Amend-Mint Julep

fresh mint leaves

1.5 tablespoons mint simple syrup

1 oz bourbon

1 fresh mint sprig

crushed ice

(I vote for this cocktail.)

Don’t Call Me Sweetie

2 oz gin

1.5 oz lemon juice

.75 oz of honey simple syrup

(A take on the Bee’s Knees, but with an extra dose of sour.)

Jane Rose

2 oz Applejack

1 oz lime juice

.5 oz grenadine

(Jack who?)

Consensual Sex On The Beach

1 oz Seltzer water

1 1/3 oz Cranberry juice

2/3 oz Peach flavored seltzer water

1 1/3 oz Orange juice

(This is an alcohol-free version of the SOTB.)

So cheers to the last 80 years of progress, and to comic strip heroine Sadie Hawkins, “the homeliest gal in all them hills,” for being so far ahead of her time.