Drink Like a Woman is a book to gift to your “bestie” who loves to entertain—you know who I mean, the girl/woman who always has a few friends over for cocktails or who serves the most unusual (but tasty!) things at her dinner parties.
Author Jeanette Hurt has eight culinary and drink books to her credit. She has also written dozens of articles for food magazines, and has applied her considerable research skills and creativity to put together a very entertaining little book. She opens with a bit of information on “mixologist” terms, how to stock one’s home bar and a brief history of women in bartending. I did not know that a woman is credited with inventing the first method of distilling alcohol. Hurt gives us the tidbit that between 1 and 3 AD an Egyptian alchemist, Maria the Jewess invented the alcohol still. Yes, people were fermenting bits of this and that long before, but the still…….credit goes to Maria.
Among other bits and pieces of libation history, Hurt tells us that Veuve Clicquot, that famous and pricey champagne brand, was named for the wife of the founder. This determined widow took over the company after her husband died and also developed a new technique to remove the yeast from the champagne, giving it a better taste.
Hurt also informs us about the origin of names for drinks and then gives us recipes for drinks named for famous women of the past and drinks developed by current female mixoligist. She quickly dispels the myth that all women drink frilly frothy sweet drinks. My favorite part of the book was her extensive listing of recipes for making various syrups to use in drinks (and elsewhere) She has everything from cinnamon to mint and hibiscus. I also liked her instructions on making “creamy” drinks. There is also a small section on what to concoct to combat a hangover—important information if you have tried too many of her recipes at one time!
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I’m not sure what would be the best way to organize such a book—so many diverse elements, but I think Hurt’s choices work well. Would advise that should you use it, read it, or at least skim it from front to back before using it. This will give you a good idea of where everything is. Use sticky tabs on your favorite liquid choices, once you have tired a few rather than rely on memory as to what they are called and where to find them in the book. The Index is thorough, but I have trouble recalling the fun names for many of the drinks.
Just in time for your holiday parties—and as a stocking stuffer for that “bestie,” raise a glass to toast Jeanette Hurt, who wants each of us to learn to (and about) the recipes and cocktail information that will teach us to Drink Like a Woman.
At A Glance
Title | Drink Like a Woman: Shake, Stir, Conquer, Repeat
Author | Jennifer Hurt
Publisher | Seal Press
Price | $16 retail
Invasion of Women
Excerpted fromDrink Like a Woman:Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat.by Jeanette Hurt. Copyright ©2016. Available fromSeal Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
2 ounces rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½-3/4 ounce simple syrup (there is a recipe for making your own in the book, but you can buy it)
Correct Glass: coupe or Martini
Lime wheel or Wedge to garnish
Chill a couple of Martini glasses. Fill a shaker with ice and add the rum, lime juice. And ½ ounce simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds or until chilled and blended. Taste and add more syrup if you wish. Strain the mix into a chilled glass and garnish with the wedge or wheel. Serve