Episode 103: Granny Women & Cotton Roots // Gwen Shamblin

Patrice, Marleah, and Courtney drink Sparkling Lavender Lemon Cocktails and talk garden contraception, big hair, and current events.

Granny Women & Cotton Roots //

The history of abortion and contraception in Appalachia and the South is full of Queen Anne’s Lace, power grabs, granny witches, and – who woulda thunk it? – white men.

Gwen Shamblin //

Patrice gets a little heated (by the flames of hell) talking about the abuse of power & people in churches/cults all in the name of God.



Sparkling Lavender Lemon Cocktails


  • 1 oz lavender simple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz sparkling wine
  • 1-2 slices strawberry

For the lavender simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp fresh or dried lavender flowers
  • 2 cups sugar


To make lavender simple syrup

  • Bring water and lavender to a boil in saucepan.
  • Reduce heat and stir in the sugar until fully dissolved.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to steep for at least 1 hour – longer for stronger flavor.
  • Strain and refrigerate.

To make cocktail

  • Add lavender syrup, lemon juice, and vodka to an ice-filled shaker.
  • Shake-a shake-a shake-a.
  • Pour into champagne flute.
  • Top with wine and garnish with strawberry slice(s)
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