Kocktails with Karly: THE NASTY WOMAN

My Fellow Americans, HAPPY ELECTION DAY!

Or just, Hey – It’s election day. Or possibly the first day of the Last Days. Whatever, just figure out a way to get through the day.

Thought I’d share a Kocktails with Karly that’s election themed AND that I ended up not really loving because I haven’t completely perfected it, and, well, that seemed rather suitable for the occasion.

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I’m not going to get into politics with you because I’m here to welcome people to the balls-to-the-wall-club that we’ve got going on here, but I will just say that I think we can all get behind the idea of loving cocktails. So let’s do this.

I was inspired to make this NASTY WOMAN by a few things: Donald Trump saying “nasty woman,” my love of vodka, my love of cranberries, and a cosmo that I enjoyed at my favorite restaurant in our neighborhood when we lived in LA. All pretty solid reasons.

The cosmo I’m referring to had a distinct holiday/cinnamon/orange flavor infused into it and I’ve been racking my brain for two years over how to accomplish the same thing in my own home – and then I figured it out. SIMPLE SYRUP. INFUSE THAT BITCH! I made a cranberry simple syrup that I infused with a few cinnamon sticks and a splash of Grand Marnier. The syrup tastes like a mother effing holiday dream, but it’s a little thick – still figuring out how to deal with that.

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Let’s talk about the Nasty Woman:


  • 1.5oz Cranberry simple syrup
  • 1.5oz Vodka
  • Cinnamon sticks (garnish)
  • Cinnamon sugar (garnish)


  • Add simple syrup and vodka to iced shaker
  • SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE it (like you’re shaking off Election Season 2016)
  • Pour into cinnamon-sugar-rimmed glass
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries or cinnamon stick

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When I made this the first time, it was a disaster. Second time, IT WAS PERFECTION (unlike the year 2016). I’m loving the simple syrup, first and foremost because it’s delicious, and secondly because I feel so crafty having made it myself.

I hope you enjoy the Nasty Woman (the cocktail). I’m not going to tell you who I voted for OR who YOU should vote for, but I deeply hope you get your ass out there and vote. I did my part, America. Now it’s your turn.



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