Eric Felten has another great story in the Wall Street Journal; this one on women bartenders past and present.
Felten says there's "not really" any particular feminine approach to creating drinks- that women bartenders make them about the same as men. I agree for the most part, but I also think that women win disproportionately more cocktail contests than men, and that they're not winning because of their gender. I think that too many men go into cocktail contests trying to make a technically difficult and challenging-tasting cocktail, but the drinks that win contests are not those drinks- the winning ones are those that taste good enough to have two of. It's not that women are inventing better drinks more often, it's that a lot of men disqualify themselves from winning contests with their choice of entrees.