Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat.

Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat.

by Jeanette Hurt


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Cocktail marketers and male bartenders like to tell women what we want to drink—and it’s usually fruity, frilly, fancy, and pink.

In Drink Like a Woman, Jeanette Hurt shakes up barroom expectations, stirs up some new ideas, and pours a lively collection of feminist cocktails that are just as varied, flavorful, and strong as women are.

Sharing basic techniques, cocktail classics, hangover cures, drinking games, and more, this spirited guide takes the misogyny out of mixology by offering fun and functional tips for the at-home barista who doesn’t need a man to mix it up. She also exposes the surprisingly sexist history of cocktail culture, and offers more than 50 recipes, crafted by top women bartenders around the country, including:

Anarchy Amaretto
Bloody Mary Richards
Nelly Bly-Tai
The LBD (The Little Black Dress)
Ruth’s Pink Taboo
The Suffragette Sour
Ride, Sally Ride
Curie Royale

With feisty illustrations and original recipes that call for a generous splash of female empowerment, Drink Like a Woman is sure to subvert the patriarchy, one drink at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580056281
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,175,770
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. As full-time journalist, Jeanette has written about spirits, wine and food for TheKitchn.com, The Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Entrepreneur.com, Esquire.com, and dozens of other publications.

She is the 2008 recipient of the Midwest Travel Writers Mark Twain Award for Best Midwestern Travel Article. She is also a food and drinks correspondent for Milwaukee NPR affiliate WUWM's Lake Effect program and has been featured on several radio and television programs, including Martha Stewart radio. She teaches wine and culinary classes, both privately and publicly, and has appeared at the Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Wisconsin Wine & Dine, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

In a previous life, Jeanette was a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She graduated from Marquette University with a journalism degree. When she’s not writing, traveling, cooking or shaking up some concoction with gin, bourbon, or rum, she can usually be found walking along Milwaukee’s lakefront with her husband, their son, and their dog.

Paige Clark is an up and coming artist working in pen and watercolor who graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a minor in Studio Art. This will be Paige's first work as an illustrator for a published book, and she is very excited to see where this opportunity will take her.

Read an Excerpt

Jane Austen’s Zombie
Recipe by Julia Manger and Sydney Fograth of Taha’a tiki bar in St. Louis

Jane Austen remains one of the most celebrated authors of all time, and many modern authors have paid homage to her, using her timeless novels as blueprints for modern storytelling. I’ve seen her work become science fiction (Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn), involve sex, drugs and rock’n roll (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Rigaud) and, of course, kill zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith). The last one, of course, is one of the most famous, with several books in the series.

Just like a zombie, you can’t kill Jane Austen.

But the actual zombie drink might just wipe you out. With nearly five ounces of booze, it’s about 2 ½ drinks worth of alcohol, and because it is so fruity, it doesn’t feel like you’re drinking much. Which is why several tiki bars set limits on the number of zombies patrons can purchase.

1 ½ oz. Eldorado white rum
1 ½ oz. Meyers Dark
1 oz. Lemon Hart 151 rum
½ oz. John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum (a Carribean spiced liquor made from spice-infused sugar cane syrup and rum)
½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
2 oz. pineapple Juice
¾ oz. fresh lime juice (about ½ fresh lime, save the squeezed lime)the squeezed lime can be used for 151 fire garnish :) )
½ oz. cinnamon syrup (see recipe below)
2 tsp. grenadine (see recipe below)
6 drops absinthe, preferably St. George
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, and shake for 30 to 60 seconds. Strain into a tall tiki glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry or two.

For extra added flair, place the squeezed lime on top, fill with a teaspoon of 151 proof rum, then use a lighter to set it on fire. But do not drink a zombie before attempting the flame trick.

Table of Contents

Some of the cocktails included in Drink Like a Woman:

Bloody Mary Richards
T’Kahlo Sunrise
Nelly Bly-Tai
The Little Black Dress or the LBD
Curie Royale
Ride, Sally Ride
The Suffragette Sour
The WoManhattan
The Felix Fixer (in honor of the awful Supreme Court justice)
The Equalizer
The Bronte Sisters
In the House (a woman’s place is in the house…and Senate, too)
Kissed by a Wookie
Ruth’s Pink Taboo

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Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JeannePotter More than 1 year ago
I found the book and interesting and read. The stories about women and the recipes that went with them was clever. I hope this review give others the inspiration to turn the pages and find what I did.
SarahEagle More than 1 year ago
This cocktail book is clever, funny, and is totally for everyone. The recipes range anywhere from requiring 3 ingredients to eight or above, so people of every level of experience can make these drinks. This is helpful for a somewhat recent college grad who doesn't have the money for a jigger, strainer, martini shaker and mulling spoon mentioned in the Equipment section. The drinks are almost all puns, and all references to Women in media. The descriptions are lively and simple, and even the book itself is a cuter, smaller size than its other drink recipe counterparts. The best part is that the 70 or so recipes mentioned include all kinds of alcohol, so no one's relegated to Cosmos, Margaritas and Martinis. Women can have Whiskey and Gin too!