- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Quarry Books (23 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631594184
- ISBN-13: 978-1631594182
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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Drinking Like Ladies: 75 modern cocktails from the world's leading female bartenders; Includes toasts to extraordinary women in history Hardcover – 19 Jun 2018
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Drinking Like Ladies, lest you are tempted to think otherwise, does not refer to sweet, pink, girlie cocktails. Far from it. Here you'll discover lots of serious drinks celebrating women who have made a difference in the world. And the cocktails themselves were all created by bartenders who know their craft well. It's a treat! - Gary Regan, Author of Joy of Mixology and The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita
My mother worked in a New England textile factory sewing machine gun belts. Her modest dream was to continue her education and teach women's athletics; a dream deferred to allow her older brother to attend university. Let's raise a glass to Drinking Like Ladies, a book that celebrates extraordinary women who fought against the idea that young women who want careers are simply dreaming.
- Dale Degroff, Author of the Craft of the Cocktail
Looking for the essential guide to frilly drinks that taste like creamsicles and fruit pops? Keep looking. Misty and Kirsten have collected cocktail recipes that deserve to endure from some of the best behind the bar, complete with chaser of education and inspiration. No froufrou, no handlebar mustaches -- just sips to satisfy palate and soul. - Wayne Curtis, author of And a Bottle of Rum
Misty Kalkofen and Kirsten Amaan have written a cocktail book for our times. Each of these 75 recipes was inspired by a remarkable woman, and is accompanied by a short history of same. Not just known notables like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hedy Lamarr, but also unsung figures like Wrecking Crew session musician Carol Kaye, fearless tavern owner Dirty Helen Cromwell and antebellum Pinkerton detective Kate Warne. Dive in, drink and learn. If there's any justice, the mixologists who honor the women in these pages soon will be just as celebrated. - Robert Simonson, New York Times cocktail writer and author of A Proper Drink
At The Bitchery of History, we like to ask questions. Questions like, where is all the women's history? Why don't more people know about Irena Sendler?! When will there will be a drinking book that memorializes women in history AND helps us up our cocktail game during our weekly rants against the patriarchy?! Thankfully Drinking Like Ladies is not only gorgeous and informative, the recipes are inventive and look delicious! The women covered, some of which we've covered on the podcast, are well researched and diverse. So be classy, always Drink Like a Lady, and remember that Bitches Get Stuff Done. - Max Kirkham & Allison Powell, co-hosts / producers of The Bitchery of History podcast
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Watching a well-heeled bartender shake and stir at the same time as she takes drink orders and cashes out tabs can be like watching a ballet. But, as you don’t have to be a ballerina to shake your groove thing, you don’t need to be able to double shake to mix up a delicious drink. Take your time and practice your skills. We’ll provide tips below, and if you just aren’t getting it, there’s always YouTube, or ask your favorite local bar star for advice—most love to teach this stuff.
Shaking - When mixing with a Boston shaker, combine your ingredients in your mixing glass, fill the glass 3/4 full with ice, place the shaker tin squarely on top and give the bottom of the inverted tin a solid tap. Flip your shaker around so the bottom of the shaker tin faces forward and the top of the mixing glass faces behind you and shake vigorously.
Dilution is key to your drink’s quality, so go for it, shaking less like you’re rocking a baby to sleep, more like you’re waking a petulant teenager up.
Dry shaking - this is a technique that will save the day (or at least your biceps) when making drinks with eggs or cream. Combine all your ingredients without ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds or so, allowing the ingredients to emulsify. Add ice and shake like your life depends on it to achieve a gorgeous, Instagram- worthy frothy top.
Stirring - This technique takes a little practice but can be quite meditative once you get the hang of it. Combine ingredients and a whole lot of ice in your mixing glass, then slide your spoon down with the back of the spoon-side against the inside of the glass. Hold the handle as you would a pencil, relax your hand, and circulate the back of the spoon around the inside of the glass. Think politely assertive rather than aggressive with your stir - the goal is to gently dilute the ice leaving your cocktail silky and smooth. Too much activity will give your drink air bubbles, which means you might as well have just shaken it in the first place.
Straining - place your strainer over the top of your glass and gently tip the contents into your desired drinking vessel. The Hawthorne strainer should fit snugly over your shaker tin, and you can steady it in place with first- and middle- finger on the strainer while the thumb and last two fingers hold the shaker tin firmly. Technique with the julep strainer will be similar, provided your strainer fits your mixing glass. Place it concave-side down over the mixing glass and strain.
Muddling - muddling is all about getting the fresh juices or oils of your ingredients to blend your cocktail. Use the Mojito and the Caipirinha as your rules of thumb: For a drink such as a Mojito, which contains the delicate herb mint, just give a little press with some of the liquid that’s called for in your recipe, to express the oils but leave the bitter stem intact. For the Caipirinha, which features lime wedges, you’ll need to put a little muscle into your muddle. Know your own strength, lest you break your mixing glass and waste your perfectly delicious cocktail.
Shake cocktails made with mixing glass and waste your perfectly delicious cocktail. citrus and eggs. Stir cocktails made with spirits, and liqueurs. James Bond had it all wrong. We can only hope, in our lifetime, for a female 007 to correct this egregious error.
Expose the President and defy the Texas Rangers? All in a day’s work for Jovita Idar.
Jovita was born in Laredo, Texas in 1885 to an activist father Nicasio Idar and publisher of La Crónica, a newspaper addressing political, educational, socio-economic issues for Mexican-Americans. Jovita’s father formed the first Congreso Mexicanista (Mexican Congress) civil rights organization in 1911, a response to the racially motivated lynching of a teenager by a mob that included Texas Rangers. Jovita formed the auxiliary La Liga Feminil Mexicanista (Mexican Feminist League), the first Mexican-American women’s political organization with the slogan 'educate a woman and you educate a family.'
After the 1913 Battle of Laredo, Jovita crossed the border to Nuevo Laredo in Northern Mexico to work as a nurse. There she bore witness to atrocities committed against Mexican immigrants by Texas Rangers, and the U.S. government’s active role in the Mexican Revolution.
After returning to Laredo she joined the paper El Progreso and wielded the pen as her sword, writing eyewitness exposes of the situation that criticized President Woodrow Wilson.
Her 1914 editorial on the Tampico Affair raised his ire so much, Texas Rangers were sent to shut El Progreso down, only to be met at the door by a defiant Jovita Idar who refused to yield her ground. They returned the following day with sledgehammers, damaging supplies and machinery beyond recovery.
Jovita ran La Crónica after her father died in 1914, and went on to establish a free bilingual kindergarten, found the first Democratic Party-related political group for Mexican-Americans in Texas, and promote social justice. She died in 1946 leaving an incredible legacy of service.
This strong Tequila cocktail is a fitting toast to Jovita Idar, a woman unafraid of the President and steadfast in her commitments to her ideals and her community.
Stir the Tequila, Cointreau, Maple Syrup and Bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the oil from an orange swath and garnish with grated nutmeg.
Yield: 1 cocktail
- 2 oz Siembra Azul Blanco Tequila
- .5 oz Cointreau
- .5 oz Maple Simple
- Dash Angostura
- Orange Oil and Nutmeg Garnish
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