Tart melon cocktail

This Is Not A Test!

Here is the interpretation of the girly drink by Shannon-Blue Nanibush, from Ottawa. This Is Not A Test! is a tangy cocktail featuring romeo’s gin X, Aperol and black peppercorn syrup amongst other delicious ingredients.

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THIS COCKTAIL IS:

“This cocktail was inspired by Missy Elliot – one of my favourite rappers growing up. She released her first record during a time when misogyny in hip-hop was at an utmost high. She was a woman who came into a male dominated industry, with her own art, her own ideas, her own vibe and embodied feminism, body positivity and endless support for other women in the industry. Not only that, but she has pushed so many boundaries with her ahead-of-the-times music videos and was named 5th on Billboards 2020 – 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time. This cocktail is a tribute to the first CD I ever owned by her: This Is Not A Test!”  –Shannon-Blue Nanibush

Duality, protest, non-conformism, all symbols at the heart of the Quebec artist Miss Me’s work, but also very present in the co-creation between her and romeo’s gin: romeo’s gin X, the anti-pink gin. For the International Women’s Day, we want to highlight 10 amazing Canadian women bartenders for whom these concepts are commonplace. They are showing us their vision of  the #girlydrinks through meaningful, creative and decadent cocktails, that can be enjoyed by both men and women. They also share their stories as women in the industry, without censorship. Pink but not what you think. For all the recipes and the interview, click here.

Ingredients

Cocktail

  • 1 ½ oz of romeo’s gin X
  • ¼ oz of Aperol
  • 1 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz of black peppercorn syrup 
  • 2 drops of Modena’s balsamic vinegar
  • Garnish: Mint top and dehydrated lemon wheel (optional)

Black pepper syrup

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of Granulated Sugar 
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely cracked black peppercorns

Accessories

  • Old Fashioned glass
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Cocktail sieve 
  • Crushed Ice

Preparation

Black pepper syrup

  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. 
  • Add sugar and stir over moderately high heat until dissolved. 
  • Add black peppercorns and let stand off the heat for 20 minutes.
  • Strain the syrup into a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Cocktail

  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously  for 15 seconds. 
  • With the help of the cocktail strainer and sieve, double strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. 
  • Garnish with a mint top and dehydrated lemon (optional).

Meet Shannon-Blue Nanibush, a bartender from Ottawa. Her cocktail creation was conceived as part of romeo's gin X 2021 campaign for International Women's Day.

Shannon-Blue Nanibush

Meet Shannon-Blue Nanibush, a bartender from Ottawa. Her cocktail creation was conceived as part of romeo’s gin X 2021 campaign for International Women’s Day.

The watermelon makes romeo’s gin X a fruity pink gin, perfectly balanced and deliciously refreshing.

romeo’s gin x

The watermelon distillate makes romeo’s gin X a fruity gin, perfectly balanced and deliciously refreshing. A collaboration between romeo’s gin and artist Miss Me.