Rosé the Riveter

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March 12 marks the birthday of the woman credited as the inspiration for the World War II icon Rosie the Riveter.

A true American icon, whose can-do spirit captured the hearts and minds of Americans for decades,

Rose Will Monroe was a Jill-of-all trades out of necessity, and a fun loving, ambitious woman by nature. She joined thousands of Kentuckians who left their rural homes during World War II in search of good-paying defense jobs.

During the war she worked at a Ford Motor plant in Michigan, and after continued her valiant s

trides toward women’s empowerment. Rosie drove a cab, owned a beauty shop, ran her own construction company and even became pilot!

Toast this iconic woman whose incredible spirit and attitude has helped carve a path for women everywhere, and celebrate Rosie the Riveter’s 90th Birthday with a cocktail fit for the occasion.

Mixologist, LeNell Smothers crafted a cocktail inspired by Rosie the Riveter’s tough exterior and light-hearted spirit. Made with Hendrick’s Gin and softened with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, dry rosé and a touch of honey syrup, this cocktail perfectly embodies Rosie the Riveter’s incredible spirit.

The recipe for LeNell’s “Rosé the Riveter” cocktail is below, and is also featured in Gary Regan’s new book, The Bartender’s Gin Compendium. Recipe courtesy Hendrick’s Gin.


  • 1 ½ oz Hendrick’s gin
  • ½ oz Pama pomegranate liqueur
  • ¼ oz honey syrup*
  • 3 oz dry rosé
  • Lime wheel for garnish


Shake with ice and strain into tall glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish with lime wheel and straw.

*Honey syrup

Mix equal parts honey and water for a simple syrup. Do not heat up. Let dissolve naturally.

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