The days of women only ordering Cosmopolitans a la Sex and The City are long gone, thank goodness. Recent studies from Nielsen Research and Beam Suntory suggest women are the driving force behind a bourbon boom. No, it's not just because hot-hotties like Christina Hendricks and Mila Kunis are repping for major distilleries.
Whiskey is no longer just a 'good ol' boy's' drink [sorry Don McLean]. If your only connection to the spirit is too many Fireball shots in college, ordering could be a little intimidating now. To make things worse, the differences between Bourbon, Whiskey and Scotch can be confusing and are enough to make any newbie sheepishly point to a bottle and say, 'I'll take that one...yes, the one on the bottom shelf." Don't do that, you're better than that! Here's a few tips from master distiller, Melissa Heim on what to do when you're ready to officially become a whiskey-drinker.