Nasty Woman Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Nasty Woman cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It was named after a comment made by then-candidate Donald Trump during a debate with Hillary Clinton. This cocktail is popular among those who enjoy a strong, bold drink with a hint of sweetness. It's a perfect choice for anyone looking to make a statement with their choice of beverage.

How Nasty Woman Tastes?

The Nasty Woman cocktail is a potent mix of sweet and sour. The bourbon gives it a strong, robust flavor, while the lemon juice adds a tangy kick. The honey syrup brings a sweet balance, making this cocktail a delightful blend of contrasting flavors.

Interesting facts about Nasty Woman

  • The Nasty Woman cocktail was named after a comment made by Donald Trump during a 2016 presidential debate.
  • Despite its political origins, this cocktail has gained popularity for its unique blend of flavors.
  • The Nasty Woman cocktail is often served in a rocks glass, over ice.



Bourbon is the backbone of our 'Nasty Woman' cocktail. At 2 oz, it provides a strong, smooth base with vanilla and caramel notes that pair well with the sweetness of honey. Too much bourbon can overpower the drink, while too little may fail to deliver the desired boldness. If you're feeling adventurous, try rye whiskey for a spicier kick.

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Lemon Juice

1 oz lends just the right amount of acidity to brighten up the cocktail and cut through the bourbon's richness. Without it, the drink might feel too heavy. A lime juice substitution can bring a more tropical zest if that's your thing!

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Honey Syrup

Sweet and smooth, 1 oz honey syrup brings everything together by softening the bourbon's edge and enhancing the lemon juice's tanginess. If you skip it, your cocktail may be too tart. Maple syrup could be a sophisticated alternative for a deeper flavor profile.

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Ice is crucial for dilution and chill. It helps to mellow the flavors and makes the drink incredibly refreshing. No ice means a warm, overly intense cocktail. But, if you prefer a less diluted drink, use large ice cubes that melt slower.

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Recipe. How to make Nasty Woman Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of bourbon, 1 oz of lemon juice, and 1 oz of honey syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Steak: The robust flavor of bourbon complements the smokiness of a well-grilled steak.
  • Barbecue Ribs: The cocktail's sweet and tangy notes will enhance the rich flavors of barbecue.
  • Salmon: The acidity from lemon can cut through the fattiness of salmon, providing a refreshing balance.
  • Dark Chocolate: For a dessert pairing, the dark chocolate and bourbon can create a decadent combination.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: Enjoy this cocktail alongside a freshly brewed black coffee for a contrasting experience.
  • Sparkling Water: A palate cleanser such as sparkling water would be ideal between sips to appreciate the cocktail's flavors.
  • Ginger Ale: If you fancy a non-alcoholic beverage, ginger ale would complement the spicy notes of bourbon.

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What you could change in Nasty Woman

  • Bourbon can be replaced with any other type of whiskey.
  • Honey syrup can be replaced with simple syrup or agave nectar for a different flavor profile.

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Smoky Nasty Woman

Ingredients: 2 oz Smoky Bourbon, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 1 oz Honey Syrup, Charred Lemon Wheel for Garnish
Recipe: Just like the original, but with the smoky bourbon adding a mysterious, campfire-like twist. The charred lemon wheel garnish will reinforce the smokiness and add a grill-like aroma.

Herbal Nasty Woman

Ingredients: 2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 1 oz Honey-Ginger Syrup, Fresh Herbs for Garnish
Recipe: Swap the honey syrup for a homemade honey-ginger syrup and garnish with your favorite herbs, like mint or thyme. This gives a fresh and herbal dimension to the cocktail, great for those who love a garden in their glass.

Sparkling Nasty Woman

Ingredients: 2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 1 oz Honey Syrup, Splash of Prosecco, Lemon Twist for Garnish
Recipe: Top off the traditional recipe with a splash of Prosecco to make it bubbly. This twist adds a festive sparkle, perfect for celebrating the nasty woman in your life.

In case you forgot basics how to make Nasty Woman

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Nasty Woman

What's the best type of bourbon to use in this recipe?

While any bourbon will work in this recipe, a higher quality bourbon will provide a more nuanced flavor. Maker's Mark or Knob Creek are good options.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the cocktail?

Yes. You can control the sweetness by adjusting the amount of honey syrup used. Add more if you like it sweeter, or use less for a stronger, more sour taste.

What's the best way to serve a Nasty Woman cocktail?

The Nasty Woman cocktail is best served over ice in a rocks glass. Additionally, you can garnish it with a lemon wheel or a cherry.

How can I make honey syrup at home?

Honey syrup can be made by combining equal parts of honey and water, then heating it gently while stirring until they're fully combined. Let it cool before use.

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