October 25, 2016

Gold Dust Woman

Midnight Rambler’s cocktail inspired by Stevie Nicks.

“Rock on gold dust woman / Take your sliver spoon / Dig your grave,” Fleetwood Mac lead singer Stevie Nicks crooned on the 1977 hit “Gold Dust Woman.”

It’s these lyrics, and Nicks as a whole, who has continually inspired Midnight Rambler co-founder Christy Pope.

“Stevie Nicks is an important pioneer for women in rock and roll,” Pope says. “She was a female force to be reckoned with during the very macho music eras of the ’70s and ’80s, which were known for stadium tours, lifestyle excess, and ‘boys being boys’ shenanigans. Naturally she inspired many generations of women who wanted emulate a touch of her coolness.”

The gothic prairie queen’s influence can be seen in Pope’s love of the color black, amazing collection of wide-brimmed hats, and even on the menu of Midnight Rambler. Perfect timing since Nicks will be performing in Dallas on October 30 as part of her 24 Karat Gold Tour.

“This is an homage drink for a pioneering female rock star, style icon, and spiritual feminine warrior,” Pope says. “The original idea of the Gold Dust Woman Cocktail was to explore the loose lore of the Pisco Punch Cocktail, a cocktail from the Gold Rush era of the late 1800s with a secret ingredient—cocaine. The lyrics of the song Gold Dust Woman seemingly resonated to this world, I can only imagine that the women of this era were strong, tough as nails, and hard living. After many years of thinking about how to make this cocktail perfect, it has evolved—much like Stevie—it embodies the more primal, earthy and  yet ethereal aura of the song with ingredients like Blanco Tequila; Sotol; Kummel liqueur with notes of cumin and caraway; fresh lime juice for acidity; and pineapple syrup remains as an ode the origins of the drink concept and to brightly lift and sweeten the cocktail.”

To add another element of gold into the mix, the drink is garnished with edible gold dust, which sits atop an egg white meringue. It’s a cocktail fully matured and realized, much like Nicks herself. And in the words of “Gold Dust Woman:”

“Rock on ancient queen / Follow those who pale / In your shadow”

The Details: Sip the Gold Dust Woman every day at Midnight Rambler from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., 1530 Main Street.