Being a femme fatale can be exhausting. Between keeping track of all the men whose downfalls you’re plotting and trying to figure out how to bury the bodies without ruining your manicure, a girl sometimes just needs to kick up her stilettos and have a drink at the end of a long week.
But that raises the eternal question: “What should I drink?” Perhaps you’re bored with champagne or have had one too many run-ins with the Green Fairy. Or maybe you just feel like consuming a drink named after yourself. In that case, here are some suggestions.
This recipe bills itself as fruity like punch. Supposedly, it goes down really smooth and before you know it, you’re dead. Or at least passed out.
1/2 part Southern Comfort
1/2 part Vodka
1/2 part Amaretto
1/2 part Grand Marnier
dash of Grenadine
3 parts Pineapple juice
top up Orange juice
Put a scoop of ice into your shaker then add ingredients as listed. Shake then pour into a highball glass with ice garnish with a cherry, lemon and various paraphernalia. For a color variation make and pour the drink, then add the grenadine afterwards.
This next version is a little more classy, for you upscale femmes. According to the story, Jackie O. invented it at a fancy Cambodian hotel in 1967. I’m sure we all have a story like that. But it is pretty classy in its simplicity. And everyone has crème de fraise and Champagne on hand, right?
Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s Femme Fatale
1/4 oz. Crème de Fraise
Dash of cognac
4.4 oz. champagne
Pour the Crème de Fraise and cognac into a 5-ounce cocktail glass. Finish with champagne. Enjoy immediately.
This labor-intensive version is for those of you who like to go south of the border. It’s made from cachaça, a Brazilian liqueur and it sounds like the perfect drink for not watching the Rio Olympics this summer.
Dirty Habit’s Femme Fatale
1 1/2 oz. cachaça
1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. coconut syrup
Garnish: lime wheel
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
20 oz. coconut purée
20 oz. cane sugar
5 1/3 oz. hot water
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. xanthan gum (as a thickener)
Add the sugar to a stockpot over medium-high heat to slightly caramelize (taking caution to not let it burn). Reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the coconut purée, then thehot water and salt. Add xanthan gum by pouring through a basket strainer to disperse properly (xanthan can clump up if poured in all at once). Let simmer for about 15 minutes; remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before bottling. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
There you have it, friends. Three cocktails that promise, in the best femme fatale fashion, to lure you in, then F you up. Do you prefer your poison punchy, classy or with a Brazilian kick? Have you tried any of these? Let us know!