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Bar brawl of the sexes

Posted by Bobby Hankinson  March 18, 2007 09:34 PM

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There's something I've been wondering for a while now -- do drinks have genders?

I'll be honest, I love me a well-made cosmopolitan, but I have yet to work up the courage to request the pink cocktail at a bar. Instead I opt for simpler, more robust beverages, like a gin and tonic or black and tan. Still, I can't help but crave something sweeter, something fruitier, and something -- perhaps -- a little less manly.

I'm not the first to speculate whether there are specific sexual connotations behind drink orders. The Social Issues Research Centre in the U.K. did a study on the social and cultural aspects of drinking and found the drinks I'm longing for -- sweet and soft -- are perceived to be more feminine.

I'm curious to see if in Boston, a supposedly more progressive locale, shares the same view. Would you stop and stare if you saw a large man with a hairy chest gingerly sipping a cosmo? If a petite woman ordered a whiskey, would it give you pause? Send your thoughts to

I'll be calling around to some local bartenders to get their thoughts as well. Until then, choose your drink wisely, or you might be sending some seriously wrong signals.

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