In December of 1869, the legislature of the Territory of Wyoming passed a bill that allowed every woman living in the Territory of Wyoming to vote in all elections held in that Territory. On the morning of September 6, 1870 (an election day), the 69 year old Louisa Ann Swain donned a bonnet, an apron and a shawl and made her way to downtown Laramie, Wyoming to buy a few things at the market. On her way there, Swain passed a polling place and decided she would vote. The polling place wasn’t open yet, but the election officials invited her in to cast her ballot anyway. Thus, Louisa Ann Swain became the first American woman to vote in an election. On September 6, 2008 Congress officially recognized September 6 as Louisa Ann Swain Day.
Now, I don’t know if Louisa Ann Swain was a suffragette, but I think a Suffragette Cocktail is an appropriate way to celebrate the first female voter. It’s an old drink, dating back to at least 1909, that like the Perfect Martini uses gin and equal servings of sweet and dry vermouth.
- 1 ounce Gin
- 1 ounce Dry Vermouth
- 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
- Dash of Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and then pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Tomorrow: We respect the chemistry.