‘Twas a night before Super Bowl when all through the house
Not a female soul was stirring, not even a mouse.
We were all glued to Youtube, gawking and drooling without care
As sun-kissed Beyonce’ snatched our souls and plaited our hair.
Women of Color: Afros, braids, and every curl in between,
Saw themselves in each of those beautiful kinky, curly Queens.
Standing up for every single ovary during, before, and after this generation
Beyonce’ made a call to action: Ladies, Get in FORMATION!
Challenging the intersectionality of social injustice in America, Beyonce’ adorned us with Formation, a preview to her album, Lemonade. Snatching wigs and hurting feelings, Formation made every Woman of Color feel empowered. Empowered to be free. Empowered to stand up. Empowered to fight back. Empowered to love themselves…to join in unity….to work together and take over the world!
Such a statement inspired me to make a cocktail that does the same.
Ya see, it looks like tea but really it’s lemonade. Not your typical lemonade, but a cocktail of love and freedom. Forget the white granulated sugar, we’re going brown and who says a girl can’t love whiskey!? Baby, pour it in my cup!
Paired with fresh lemons a brown simple syrup… how can we go wrong?
Taste the sweet spot where melanin meets liberation.
Seasoned w/ Love,
Brown Girl Lemonade
Looks like tea, taste like lemonade...and whiskey.
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1.5 cups Fresh Lemons Juice (about 6-8 medium lemons)
- 1.5 quarts Cold Filtered Water
- 1 cup Jim Beam Bourbon Honey Whiskey
In a small sauce pan, simmer two cups of water with brown sugar over low heat. Allow sugar to dissolve, about 5-8 mins. This is a brown sugar simple syrup.
Meanwhile, Juice the lemons. (Prep your lemons for juicing by microwaving them for 10-20 secs. Roll each lemon back and forth on the counter-top with your palms. This will break down the fruit a bit to allow for maximum juicing.)
In a large mixing bowl, add lemon juice, filtered water, and brown sugar simple syrup, mix well.
In a 2 quart pitcher, add bourbon honey whiskey and lemonade.
Serve chilled in a glass with honey and brown sugar rim.