I don’t know about you all, but I could use a drink right about now. This election season has been something to endure. I am in a state of high anxiety and I cannot wait for it to be a thing of the past. I hope that common sense and common decency prevail, and that those speaking from a place of hatred, fear, bigotry, and self-interest will soon learn that that sort of behavior is unacceptable. While taking these photos, I couldn’t help but be struck by the parallels to the sociopolitical climate. Looking at them reminds me to focus on finding the light spots even when things seem so very dark.

One of the light spots for me has been the closed Facebook group Pantsuit Nation. It has been a uniquely positive, uplifting and inspiring oasis in the midst of so much conflict and negativity. It gives me hope to see that so many people can focus on what really matters and be loving, encouraging, and accepting of all. You better believe I’m sporting my pant suit today! While some may feel that this is not the platform to discuss such matters, I strongly disagree. Keeping silent to avoid rocking the boat is part of what led us to this dark spot in the first place. I am determined to speak up about issues that matter to me, and to put those words into action at the ballot box and beyond.

And now, onto this fabulous cocktail! It’s just the thing for Election Day, or more likely, election night. In addition to being a bright spot in the dark quite literally, it is incredibly simple to make and you probably have all four ingredients on hand. Honey, water, lemon and gin mix up to make this delightful and naturally sweet beverage so you can focus on more important things like which Nasty Woman t-shirt to buy. Cheers to making history and making progress, my friends!

Ingredients

For the honey syrup: 

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup honey

For the drinks:

  • 4 oz. gin (I prefer Bluecoat)
  • 1½ oz. honey syrup
  • 1½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon wheels, for garnish

Directions

  • 01

    To make the honey syrup, combine the honey and the water in a liquid measuring cup. Whisk well until full blended. Transfer to a covered jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator.

  • 02

    To make the drinks, combine the gin, honey syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake until blended and strain into chilled coupe glasses. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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  • Annie @ Annie’s Cooking Lab

    Pantsuit Nation has been a right spot for me also! I have loved reading all of the positive messages on there. I’m crossing my fingers that this whole mess will be over with soon. I think a drink to get through election night will be just what I need!

  • Betsy

    Thank you!

  • Ashley

    Yum! Glad I have everything on hand for this already for tonight!

  • Kristin

    I hope to soon be lifting a celebratory glass of this in your direction!

  • tara

    i cannot agree more. today i literally shed a tear while i voted today. i was a bit overwhelmed with memories of my great grandma telling me about the first time she voted. and how people made fun or her for voting and working (and of her husband). i can only imagine what she would have thought of all this. i truly felt that today i cast my ballot while standing on the backs/shoulders of great women. countless ones, some names we know (have you seen the susan b anthony grave pics?) and many more we don’t. all the women that came before us who fought so hard. on the other side of my family was my dads mom who when i said i wanted to be prez one day when i was a kid said i couldn’t cuz i was a girl. i asked if it was “illegal” and she said well no but still it doesnt happen and her next words were “don’t you want to be a mother instead”. i look back now and think how absurd that comment was. i dont really blame her, she just didn’t know any better. She didnt know that no matter what comments like that to little girls hold them back. I am so thankful for my great grandma on my moms side who pushed my sister and i to be anything we wanted and to stand on our own. I feel her with me today. i sure hope she would be proud !

    thanks for the space to share today. i needed it ! like you…i hope we can come together, discuss our differences out in the open, deal with hate as it should be dealt with, and heal as a country. i feel that’s going to be incredibly difficult, but likes those ladies before me…i have hope !

  • Katie Golczynski

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and didn’t think I could love you more than I have for all those years, but now I do!

  • Hana

    As if I couldn’t love you any more! #Lovetrumpshate!

  • Annie

    Thank you Hana!

  • Annie

    Thank you Katie! I so appreciate it!

  • Annie

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing Tara!

  • Melissa Vasquez

    Oooh, Annie! This is perfect. Treating myself to this and ordering some new holiday Wax and Wool candles today :)

  • Lanette

    Thank you! I feel the same way. :) Can’t wait to have this election over and move on from this dark spot in American democracy.

  • Anne

    Yay, Annie–I’m right there with you. Thanks for speaking up!

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    They just called Indiana as being a red state, but I love the community support of the other Pantsuit Nation nasty Hoosier women here today!

  • Grace

    I’ve commented here so many times saying the same thing, but I’ll say it again- you’re the best, Annie! Your blog is my happy place.

  • Annie

    Thank you Grace!

  • Wendy Benoit

    Oh Annie, I’m so sorry. Sending you hugs. Im in total shock. I feel angry and sad and worry all at the same time, and this drink seems like exactly what I need right now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Erin Case

    My favorite drink at our pre-prohibition cocktail bars that we have in our city!

  • Dawn

    Annie,

    I just wanted to let you know that I am a loyal reader and also the wife of an undocumented immigrant. This week has been devastating for my family, and we are gearing up for the worst. In the face of this, the kindness and broad-mindedness of good people like you has meant everything.

    Thank you for your inspiring Love Trumps Hate post and for your unapologetic honesty. I hope that you and others who do not face direct persecution will keep up the momentum to hold back as much hate and devastation as possible in these dark times.

    Much love,
    Dawn

    [Since you’ve closed the comments on your Love Trump Hates post, I’m posting this here, but of course feel free to move it.]

  • Caitlin Schulze

    It has been such a rough week. Pantsuit Nation has continued to be a place I go to practice shine theory. The story that women want to see each other fail has been flipped on its head with all the positive energy, support, and love I have received from women. I realize now that I also need to be more outspoken and actively show love and support. I have never commented here, only been a silent reader, but I wanted to say that your strength and community has been a wonderful place. I admire the amazing things you have done and continue to do. It is inspiring to see strong, powerful women become who they wish to be. Thank you for that.

  • Annie

    Thank you so, so much Caitlin.

  • Annie

    Thank you Dawn, from the bottom of my heart.