Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not here to try and make you like Negronis. This list is inspired by my last year of making drinks for Jessie Wakeman: Frisky writer, girly drinker par excellence, and my wife. I like mixing cocktails and I’ve always kept my home bar as well-stocked as money allowed. But when I moved in with Jessie, who doesn’t like the taste of alcohol at all, I had to switch up my game a bit to find drinks we could both get together on.
The two requirements for a “girly drink” are that it be at least a little sweet and that it smooths out the rough edges of the hard liquor. No shame in either of those goals, but you don’t need cake-flavoured vodkas or slushies that glow green to get there. Here’s a list of improved girly drinking options for a variety of boozing scenarios.