8 Awesome Ladies Who Shaped The History Of Cocktails

8 Awesome Ladies Who Shaped The History Of Cocktails

Happy women’s day to all the wonderful women out there! We believe in women’s rights and power, and that’s why today, we will be talking about something amazing. Surely, we love a cocktail drink once in a while. And also, cocktails have been around for centuries now. But do you know it’s the women who shaped the history of cocktails? You heard it correct, not men but women!

In the 18th century, it was the women who took care of wine mixing. They would often be involved in family distilleries as barmaids or mixologists and secretly work to create cocktails, margaritas, etc. Then a bunch of butthurt people posed questions about women working in the distilleries and decided that a bar is a no-go place for women. Working in the bar was considered a lowly job since women were discouraged from consuming booze and were shamed into doing so. Even now, in many parts of the world, drinking alcohol is still banned for women. So, this article is dedicated to the women who were taught that alcohol drinking is only a “guy thing”!

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we will talk about the badass women who influenced and contributed their skills and developed the cocktail men and women these days so thoroughly enjoy.

Valentine Goesaert & Anne Davidow

Speaking of fighting against the “new norm” Valentine Goesaert and Anne Davidow were the two women who fought for barmaids to be allowed to serve. Valentine Goesaert was a barmaid in Michigan in 1940 who fought to win back her right as a female bartender by trying to reacquire her bartending license. That’s when Valentine met Anne. Anne was a lawyer who took her case and gave the court a hard time. Unfortunately, they lost the case, but they created history through their strong efforts, attitude, and passion. Their efforts became an inspiration for other barmaids across Michigan. The court indeed failed Valentine but not for long because, in 1955, the Bartending Act against women was lifted off.

Ada Coleman

Ada Coleman was a popular female bartender both in her time and in history. Ada was given a position at Savoy Hotel’s as a head bartender, where she used to make cocktails for celebrities. Amongst many celebrities, Mark Twain, The Prince of Wales, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, and Sir Charles Hawtrey were the notable ones. She was the flag-bearer for other female barmaids who wanted to pursue the bartending career as she was one of the first women recognized as a professional female bartender. Ada created the Hanky Panky drink, inspired by the actor Sir Charles Hawtrey who frequently visits the Savoy bar. This drink later became a signature drink in history because of the usage of Fernet Branca, a bitter Italian digestive.

Jennie Churchill

You might recognize Jennie Churchill as the mother of Winston Churchill. You may also recognize the Manhattan, no, not the city but the cocktail drink. The Manhattan is one of the world’s most popular cocktails that even appeared in TV shows and films like James Bond and Sex and the City. So what’s the co-relation between Jennie Churchill and The Manhattan? Well, she was the reason the drink exists.

In 1874, when Samuel J. Tilden won New York’s Gubernatorial Election, Jennie Churchill threw a lavish party at the Manhattan Club to celebrate the victory. The Manhattan made its debut at the party and earned its place in history forever.

Rita Hayworth, Margaret Sames & Marjorie King

We are a bit unsure who actually made the famous Margarita/Tequilla but what we know so far is that these three women have their fair share of contribution to the drink.

Rita Hayworth, also known as Margarita Carmen Cansino, inspired a barman in Tijuana to invent the cocktail based on her beauty. In 1938, in Tijuana, the cocktail Tequila was created as a tribute to a dancer named Marjorie King. On the other hand, some people claim that it was Margaret Sames who created Margarita herself in 1948. She shared her recipe with Conrad Hilton, who then served it in his hotel.

Audrey Saunders

And lastly, Audrey Saunders, the woman who revolutionized cocktails when the housemade cocktail ingredients become scarce. Audrey opened a club in New York called Pegu club, a bar where they mixed up classic cocktails using household ingredients to update the oldies and help these oldies make a revamped comeback! Now, using those household ingredients, you can even make cocktails at your own home.

Home Bar Accessories We Are Digging

Home Bar Accessories We Are Digging - Big Aroha

Do the stories and the ladies inspire you? Do you want to make your own bar and enjoy a glass of your homemade cocktails? Here are some accessories for a home bar that are great for recreating cocktail recipes.

34 And More - 12 Pieces Cocktail Shaker Kit

Fall in love with the color and the style of this 12 pieces cocktail mixing set. The set contains 12-bar tools made of food-grade, rustproof and thick 304 stainless steel. Perfect for your home bar and even for clubs. The bar shaker is stable and has galvanic plating; therefore, it doesn’t corrode. Make great Margaritas or Manhattan using these sets and impress your guests using the recipe booklet included with the set. Great for novice bartenders as well.

One user wrote,” An excellent starter set for the novice bartender, at a good price. All stainless steel, great colors, and the inclusion of both the muddler and the small sieve makes me want to try all kinds of new drinks. Best accessories for home bars so far.”

ONEGENIX - Cocktail Shaker kit (24 Pieces)

This elegant cocktail shaker set comes with 24 pieces of tools essential for bartending. The set includes a 24oz shaker, a jigger, a hawthorne strainer, mojito muddler, a mixing spoon, a utility cup, 2 bottle stoppers, 3 liquor pourers, 2 brushes, 6 caps, and ice tongs, a corkscrew, a wood, and a travel bag. Basically everything you need in your home bar. They have also added a booklet containing 10 cocktail recipes. The cocktail set doesn’t only look cool, it’s also a mess-free and rust-free set.

“I’ve set it up and put it together like the picture,” says another user. “It looked exactly like the picture. Gave it to my friend for a birthday gift and he loves it as he’s practicing to mix drinks himself. The quality is good and it stays tight when drinks are inside.”

Mixology & Craft - Whiskey Chilling Stones

Now you don’t need to worry about getting your cocktails watery, thanks to Mixology & Craft’s whiskey chilling stones. The 6 chilling stones chill your drink without watering it down. The box comes with 6-graphite chilling stones and a burnt-wood stone storage tray. The rocks are 100% granite, food-grade, and therefore are safe to use in the drink. The stones will only enhance the taste of your cocktail and give you that clean and smooth taste.

“Don’t expect the stones to chill your liquor as much as ice, they aren’t meant to. What they’ll do is chill your drink without watering it down. So far me and my friends enjoyed using them very much”, says Adi Zion, a user.

Final Thoughts

These were some awesome ladies who made your taste in cocktails richer and classier, not the men! Most of the famous cocktails we sip are either made or inspired by women. So, women bear an equal share of the wine and cocktail industry as men. So, we have to give their due credits for bringing the greatest drinks of all time.

With that said, if you need bar accessories for home bars, you know exactly where to look. Big Aroha has a marvelous collection of home bar tools that will help you enhance your bartending skills.