This Gingery Pineapple and Rum Collins Embraces the Spirit of Queer Rebellion

published Jun 1, 2022
Jukebox Rebellion Recipe

This delicious cocktail is a tribute to Masha P. Johnson, one of the leaders of the Stonewall uprising.

Makes1 drink

Prep15 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Heami Lee; Food Stylist: Jessie YuChen; Prop Stylist: Beth Pakradooni

Picture it: A delirious dive, unpretentious and perfectly imperfect, a mobster-owned and -operated speakeasy. Not trendy like those fruity cocktail places, but necessary for the Queers, queens, and outcasts like us. There’s liquor here, sure, but the mob doesn’t care how watered-down it is — it just means more bang for their buck. So we drink beers, sodas, and, sure, maybe we stash something a little stronger to bring in. 

A jukebox cranks in the back while we indulge in some life-saving lindy hop with our chosen family. And then the music stops. Danger is afoot. A raid. C’mon guys, Dame Judy Garland isn’t even cold yet. How dare they? Not tonight. So you take a shot glass from the bar top and launch it (or so the legend goes).

Credit: Photo: Heami Lee; Food Stylist: Jessie YuChen; Prop Stylist: Beth Pakradooni

The Jukebox Rebellion cocktail was inspired by a conversation I had with Tree Sequoia, a bartender who was at the Stonewall Inn that night, June 28, 1969. There are many legends associated with that evening, including the infamous story of “the shot glass heard ‘round the world” thrown by Mother Marsha P. Johnson while she screamed, “I got my civil rights!” 

While Marsha herself said this story wasn’t true, we can’t help but picture it clearly in our minds. This cocktail has some of the fruity elements, like pineapple and cherry, that were popular in 1960s beverages, but we’ve made it into a soda “a la Stonewall” to make way for your own shot glass to spike, taking you back to the legendary night that was the Stonewall Uprising.

Jukebox Rebellion Recipe

This delicious cocktail is a tribute to Masha P. Johnson, one of the leaders of the Stonewall uprising.

Prep time 15 minutes

Makes 1 drink

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

For the ginger cordial:

  • 4 ounces

    ginger

  • 1 cup

    hot water

  • 1 cup

    granulated sugar

For each cocktail:

  • 1

    bar spoon syrup from a jar of brandied or Luxardo cherries (about 1 teaspoon)

  • Ice

  • 1

    medium lime

  • 1 ounce

    100% pineapple juice

  • 3/4 ounce

    Ginger Syrup (recipe above)

  • 2 ounces

    club soda or sparkling mineral water

  • 1 1/2

    ounces Bacardi 8 Gold Rum

Instructions

Make the ginger cordial:

  1. Coarsely chop 4 ounces unpeeled ginger (about 1 cup). Place in a blender and add 1 cup hot water. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.

  2. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a liquid measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the contents of the strainer.

  3. Rinse out the blender. Pour the strained ginger juice back into the blender and add 1 cup granulated sugar. Blend until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute more. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Make the cocktail:

  1. Place 1 bar spoon brandied cherry syrup in a chilled collins or highball glass and fill the glass with ice

  2. Juice 1 medium lime until you have 3/4 ounce. Place the lime juice, 1 ounce pineapple juice, and 3/4 ounce Ginger Syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker, seal, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty.

  3. Add 2 ounces club soda to the shaker and swirl to combine. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into the glass. Top with 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi 8 Gold Rum.

Recipe Notes

Cordial: Unlike ginger syrup, which involves cooking ginger slices in simple syrup, this ginger cordial is a mix of ginger juice and sugar. The cordial has a more intense ginger flavor and isn't as sweet.