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Girly Drinks

A World History of Women and Alcohol

Mallory O'Meara


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/2/2022)
Digital Audiobook (10/18/2021)
Compact Disc (10/19/2021)
MP3 CD (10/19/2021)


*A Finalist for the Spirited Award for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits*

"At last, the feminist history of booze we've been waiting for "
--Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

The James Beard Award-winning history of women drinking through the ages

Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors--these are the Girly Drinks.

From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered "places for men" when, without women, they might not even exist?

With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O'Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book--and proudly have what she's having.

Hanover Square Press, 9781335282408, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 19, 2021