Calling all ambitious mistresses of the house! Don’t end up like Lady Macbeth. At the beginning of Macbeth, she strong-arms her husband into murdering his boss, King Duncan, so that they can snag the Scottish throne. Lady M. finally gets her tiara, but it’s all so stressful and unpleasant. She ends up wandering around in a nightgown, obsessively washing her hands and sleep talking: “Out, damned spot!” Spilling an anointed king’s blood has a way of catching up to you, doesn’t it? Lucky for you, the right drink can deliver a satisfying rush of power without staining your furniture—or your soul—with regicidal blood. This spot will take you to Cloud Nine, instead of to Hell.
- 2 ounces Scotch whisky
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 10 pomegranate seeds
Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop in pomegranate seed “spots” to finish.
Recipe from Shakespeare, Not Stirred: cocktails for your everyday dramas by Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim