Booze for Babes™

Kayleigh’s first book, Booze for Babes™: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right, was released in 2014. 

True babes are not intimated and if there is one overarching lesson readers will take away from this book, that is it. Women who buy Booze for Babes™ will want to learn how to appreciate booze, but not just any kind. Babes drink the kind of booze that reflects refinement; the kind of booze that takes a lot of time, care and expertise to produce. This is not another cocktail recipe book.

Kayleigh used to be the sort of girl who never doubted what she wanted in life but, like many young babes, instantly managed to lose her way at a bar. When people came to her home, she’d grab a no-fuss bottle of wine or six-pack of beer. Rather than savoring a cocktail, it was an accessory. Kayleigh considered herself to be a well educated and independent woman. But she, like many babes, was guilty of blindly asking bartenders for drinks with the vaguest of criteria (“I don’t know. Give me something fruity and not too strong, please”).

This was a crucial mistake and no way for a confident, sassy, smart and independent woman to live. After all, she was a woman who appreciated the finer things in life, enjoyed good food, wine, traveling, learning. And that was the best she could do? That is until a trip to the heart of whiskey and bourbon country taught Kayleigh to appreciate what the spirit offers the refined pallet. Kayleigh went to America’s spirits heartland a wimpy girl and came back a whiskey girl, garnering newfound respect at the bar. Soon enough, she was teaching her husband and his friends about booze. Kayleigh ordered bourbon Manhattans and neat scotches at the bar, much to the staff’s surprise. Though she enjoyed cooking and entertaining at home, Kayleigh finally felt she had graduated to a new level of culinary refinement. Since then, she has become dedicated to empowering babes everywhere through journalistic endeavors to embrace, learn about and consume various fine spirits the way they should be (responsibly, of course). Once Kayleigh began researching the on-again, off-again relationship between women and booze throughout history, it was easy to see why babes have been confused about liquor all these years.

But times have changed since drinking liquor was neither ladylike nor appropriate for babes. Women now make up half of the workforce (and consequently, the happy hour crowd) and have more disposable income than ever. But Booze for Babes™ is for all women who’ve fallen victim to the marketing of spirits companies that taught them to stick to the pink stuff. The book will break down the basics of spirits like whiskey, rum, tequila, gin, mescal and brandy in a fun and endearing fashion while combining style, entertaining, etiquette and interviews with successful women working as experts in the liquor industry. Women need to know enough about spirits to confidently make, ask for and receive good drinks while simultaneously blowing the lid off of the women-don’t-know-Jack Daniels-about-liquor stereotype.

The book is about teaching women how to drink better. It’s about helping them understand their relationship with the hard stuff. It’s about encouraging them to pursue the finer things formerly outside of their comfort zone through education, historical context and plenty of tasting.

The foreword is written by Lynnette Marrero, bar consultant, president of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails NYC (LUPEC) and co-founder of Speed-Rack, a ladies only bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer research.

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