Ever sidled up to the bar and ordered a whiskey neat? If you haven’t, liquor companies that have dumbed down their marketing – and societal norms that have kept men the gatekeepers of all things boozy, stirred and brown – are partly to blame. Despite craft cocktail and farm-to-table trends that have swept the country, many women across the United States don’t know their backside from a bourbon, scotch or rum, and are notorious for giving bartenders ill-informed drink criteria (“something fruity and not too strong, please”).

That’s no way for a smart, modern woman to live, and author Kayleigh Kulp knows it, because that used to be her! In Booze for Babes: the Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right, she works to blow the lid off of the women-don’t-know-jack-about-liquor stereotype by celebrating lady bartenders, distillers and spirits experts, while also teaching tipplers how to drink better and lean into liquor like the sexy and sophisticated women they are. That’s not to say men can’t learn a thing or two, too!

Among the many tips and tidbits Kulp covers, readers learn:

• Why every lady should know her liquor

• A short history of ladies’ on-again, off-again relationship with the hard stuff

• How to choose a quality gin, whiskey, rum, tequila, brandy, vodka or liqueur, and look like a badass doing it

• How to tell a marketing ploy on a label from the real deal

• How to train your palate and hone your taste

• How to mix business and booze

• How to build a well-equipped home bar

• How to entertain with spirits in a way that honors old-fashioned traditions and impresses guests

• How to set up tastings for various spirit categories

Booze for Babes isn’t just a book. It’s a movement, a must-have manual for every woman and every man with a girlfriend, wife, mother or sister who loves good food, enjoys the finer things in life, and wants to know, but is not yet savvy, about spirits.

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