Up until recently, you could saddle up to any ole liquor store in New Hampshire and ask a worker what you needed to make a cocktail like the Stripper Mom, the Panty Dropper, or (your personal favorite) the Busted Rubber. Not anymore, though! Thanks to the P.C. thought and cocktail police, all of these drinks with so-called “offensive” names will no longer appear in the bartending books distributed to alcohol retailers by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission.

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It was the liquor commission that first caused the controversy when it recently paid for and distributed 500 copies of The Bartender’s Black Book Tenth Edition to liquor stores across the state. Soon, they were fielding complaints from store employees who were bothered by the derogatory names of several of the drinks (Stripper Mom, Panty Dropper, and Busted Rubber being among them). Initially, according to president of the State Employees Association Richard Gulla, the workers’ complaints “fell on deaf ears.”

Bypassing the indifferent liquor commission, the liquor store employees took their concerns to N.H. governor Maggie Hassan, who, on July 17, demanded that book be removed from stores. William Hinkle, the governor’s spokesman, tells the Concord Monitor that Hassan “directed [the books] be removed because they contain material that is potentially offensive to workers and customers.”

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An official recall began on July 25 and the books, according to Liquor Commission spokesman E.J. Powers, were collected in “a matter of days.”

Via the Concord Monitor:

“The guide itself features an extensive and informative section by Robert M. Parker, Jr. the most widely known and influential wine critic in the world today,” Powers said in a statement. According to its cover, the book has sold over 1 million copies. It’s written by Stephen Kittredge Cunningham, who has a long history in the bar and restaurant industry, according to an “about the author” section.

“The guide also contains some drink titles that employees could find objectionable,” Powers said. “NHLC worked with the Governor’s office to remove the material so as not to offend our valued workforce.”

So now what the HELL are you going to do when you are desperately need the ingredients to a Stripper Mom? Well, first of all, maybe check out your local AA meeting times, but if that doesn’t work, it looks like you’re going to have to drive to a less censorious state or, you know, look up the recipe on the internet like a normal person.


Contact the author at madeleine@jezebel.com.

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