Brooklyn Restaurant Creates Separate, Lighter Drink Menu 'For Ladies'

Is a Mai Tai gender-neutral?

DNAinfo New York

Are you female? Do you enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage, but often feel confused about whether your liquor selection is gender-appropriate, and wish you had a menu that made that decision for you? Well, guess what? Your wishes have just been granted by Brooklyn's Los Pollitos III restaurant, which has a menu that conveniently divides beverages into gender-specific categories, ending years of debate over who gets to enjoy the sweet taste of Alize (score one, ladies!).

As DNAinfo New York reported, the menu parcels beverages into three categories based on alcohol content: For Ladies ("light alcohol"), For Men ("extra alcohol"), and For Everyone ("alcohol"). It also includes virgin drinks for kids, as well as a list of shots, helpfully designated "heavy alcohol."

Along with Alize, Bailey's, Kalhua and cream, and "glass of wine" have all been approved for female consumption. If you want something a little stronger, though, you're better make sure you're a man first. The male existence apparently necessitates the consumption of extra alcohol (which, in this case, also seems to include a lot of Kalhua).

Mojitos, Mai Tais, and "Modelo Lemonade" were all determined to be gender-neutral territory.

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DNAinfo New York

The categories were created by bartender and gender studies expert Leo Vasquez, who said the idea was inspired by women who ask for lighter, fruitier drinks.

"A lot of times ladies don't like to have the strong stuff, so this menu is for them," he told DNAinfo. "The drinks for women are sweeter with less alcohol."

Vasquez added that customers can order whatever they want, regardless of their chromosomal makeup. But some locals think that the conclusions he's drawn in his gender politics dissertation bar menu might be a little bit backwards.

"I think it should be the other way around," said Karin Torres, who owns a nearby wine shop that focuses on female winemakers. "I am much more comfortable around drunk women than men."

But Leo Jackson, who has eaten at the restaurant many times, thinks Vasquez might be on to something. "It makes sense," he said. "It's women who get so inebriated that they pass out and stumble around. It's safer for them to have drinks with less alcohol."

Perhaps Jackson and Torres can hash out their conflicting viewpoints over a drink or two--maybe a round of Modelo Lemonades, just to make sure everyone's operating on a level playing field.

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This is a medically correct approach. Women metabolize alcohol less well than men on a per kilo basis, not just becase their body weight is less, i.e., given the same amount of alcohol and drinking frequency a 75 kg woman will have a higher BAC than a man.

Trouble is, it's not PC.

June 06 2014 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There needs to be a menu section just for models in NYC and LA. It would have serving sizes about 1/10 of what used to be normal before everyone started supersizing.

June 06 2014 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Medical experts say women are less able to metabolize alcohol than men, but why let facts get in the way of PC?

June 06 2014 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

........and this is not considered sexist?????

June 05 2014 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In Nigeria women worry they might be kidnapped and sold into sex slavery by a terrorist group. In the US women get their knickers in a wad because they don't like the way in which someone is trying to pander to them. First world problems are so dire.

June 05 2014 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 05 2014 at 3:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Order you bloody drink, I'm sure they'll take your money regardless.
Bartenders judge you without having stupid names on the menu.

You people are just TOO politically correct. Shesh.

June 05 2014 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really, seriously? Gender appropriate drinks? I am a woman and I drink single malt scotch neat, I do not care if it's a "man's drink" its what I like!

June 05 2014 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this is insulting... why not simply label the drinks menu "light", "strong" etc., instead of attributing them to different genders... i pity the poor guy who orders a kahlua and cream....

June 05 2014 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Liberals are spending inordinate amounts of time and energy to de-sexualize their children - no girly stuff for girls, no macho stuff for boys - even to the point that they refuse to be gender specific in conversation or description . . . .

But they have NO problem with gender specifics such as this.

Liberal hypocrisy. Should be ANOTHER recognized mental disease given handicapped parking spots.

I'd give them drugs, but it's the drugs that made them Liberals in the first place, so . . . . .

June 05 2014 at 2:14 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lstoutlw1's comment

You have a problem with gender specifics, but not with political specifics? This is in no way a liberal or conservative issue. Get your head out of the sand and stop trying to blame everything you don't like on the opposite side of the political spectrum.

June 05 2014 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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