Sip & Talk: Make the ‘Silk & Soul’ Jane Walker Cocktail to Kick Off Women’s History Month

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Learn how to make the ‘Silk & Soul,’ an original Jane Walker cocktail from mixologist Shannon Mustipher.

I’m so excited to celebrate Women’s History Month in partnership with Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker! For the next four weeks, I’m hosting a Happy Hour series on IGTV called “Sip & Talk,” featuring cocktails and conversation with “First Women” who have paved the way in culture to be the first and to ensure that more seconds, thirds, and fourths would follow. From the mixologists who will be showing us how to make Jane Walker cocktail recipes to the featured happy hour guests, these women have challenged the establishment, inspired us, and propelled us forward towards a more equitable future.

This week, I chatted with my friend Elaine Welteroth, a fellow journalist and author, the co-host of CBS’s The Talk and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. Elaine has had an incredible career so far, and shows no signs of stopping now — we talked about what she’s up to next, and the women who’ve inspired her rise so far.

I also had the chance to make the ‘Silk & Soul’ — an original cocktail crafted by mixologist Shannon Mustipher, the author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails, and the first Black American mixologist to publish a cocktail recipe book in over a century. 

Below, we’ve included all the ingredients you need to make it at home! You can sip along with me while you watch our conversation to hear more about how Shannon and Elaine are paving the way for women everywhere.

Watch the first installment of “Sip & Talk,” featuring Elaine Welteroth!

Cocktail Recipe: Silk & Soul by Shannon Mustipher

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  • 1.5 oz Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker
  • 1 oz Orgeat
  • ½ oz Donn’s Mix*
    • 6 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • Fresh Grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • Garnish: orchid & mint
  • Glassware: rocks glass


Combine all in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass over crushed ice.  Garnish with an orchid and mint, then serve.

*Donn’s Mix: Heat 6 cinnamon sticks, sugar, and water; bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Let simmer for 2 minutes then let cool. Add one part syrup, two parts fresh grapefruit juice to finish the mix.

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