The Laila McQueen cocktail

Laila McQueen of RuPaul's Drag Race fame is the inspiraton behind this reimagined mimosa by Madeleine MacDonald

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Oh kitty girl, we can't lie to you. If you aren't coming to Drags Benny Saskatoon (our fundraiser drag brunch in support of Saskatoon Pride) at Remai Modern on May 5, 2019 then you will be missing out!

No tea, no shade.

The good news is, though, that you can easily whip up our event's signature cocktail, a spin on a mimosa, in the comfort of your own home. Award-winning bar manager, Madeleine MacDonald (Calgary's Calcutta Cricket Club) found inspiration for this bubbly brunch concoction from drag queen Laila McQueen's vibrant hair and makeup. Lemon, raspberry purée, gin and lavender bitters help to flip the predictable idea behind a mimosa on its head.


 Thanks RI for being gay with us this weekend!

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Shantay you cheers with us and supporting Pride initiatives across the country!

The Laila McQueen

1 oz. Eau Claire Parlour Gin
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. raspberry purée or muddled raspberries
2 dashes Scrappy's lavender bitters
4 to 6 oz. dry sparkling white wine, to top

Stir all ingredients except sparkling wine over ice in a large mixing glass with ice.

Strain into a champagne flute or coupe and top with sparkling wine.

Garnish with lemon peel and serve.

1 cocktail
Prep Time:
10 minutes