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The ABC of Cocktails

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Conclude your day (and possibly your ability to see straight) gloriously with a cocktail from the heyday of the three-martini lunch. Sip a Gin and It in your smoking jacket, engage in philosophical discussion over Absinthe Frappés, or bask in the rosy glow bestowed by a Brandy Alexander. Wry verses and illustrations illuminate this A to Z compendium of 1950s full-strength Conclude your day (and possibly your ability to see straight) gloriously with a cocktail from the heyday of the three-martini lunch. Sip a Gin and It in your smoking jacket, engage in philosophical discussion over Absinthe Frappés, or bask in the rosy glow bestowed by a Brandy Alexander. Wry verses and illustrations illuminate this A to Z compendium of 1950s full-strength cocktails (with suggested dilutions for “amateurs and maiden aunts”). Featuring two parts time-tested mixology, one part refined taste, and a judicious splash of wit, this book will infuse your libations with high retro style. Come lift up your glasses And let’s make a toast Short life to our liquor, Long life to our host!


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Conclude your day (and possibly your ability to see straight) gloriously with a cocktail from the heyday of the three-martini lunch. Sip a Gin and It in your smoking jacket, engage in philosophical discussion over Absinthe Frappés, or bask in the rosy glow bestowed by a Brandy Alexander. Wry verses and illustrations illuminate this A to Z compendium of 1950s full-strength Conclude your day (and possibly your ability to see straight) gloriously with a cocktail from the heyday of the three-martini lunch. Sip a Gin and It in your smoking jacket, engage in philosophical discussion over Absinthe Frappés, or bask in the rosy glow bestowed by a Brandy Alexander. Wry verses and illustrations illuminate this A to Z compendium of 1950s full-strength cocktails (with suggested dilutions for “amateurs and maiden aunts”). Featuring two parts time-tested mixology, one part refined taste, and a judicious splash of wit, this book will infuse your libations with high retro style. Come lift up your glasses And let’s make a toast Short life to our liquor, Long life to our host!

13 review for The ABC of Cocktails

  1. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This 1953 reprint is a bar book that shows its 'sign of the times' when stiff drinks and cocktails were in order, no matter what time of day, social or business. The 'About Cocktails' in the beginning of the book is sort of a warning of what is to come, and is a warning to amateurs and maiden aunts out there currently reading this: Obviously, if you are making cocktails for vigorous drinkers, you will make them long on liquor and short on flavoring and sweetening. If you are making them before This 1953 reprint is a bar book that shows its 'sign of the times' when stiff drinks and cocktails were in order, no matter what time of day, social or business. The 'About Cocktails' in the beginning of the book is sort of a warning of what is to come, and is a warning to amateurs and maiden aunts out there currently reading this: Obviously, if you are making cocktails for vigorous drinkers, you will make them long on liquor and short on flavoring and sweetening. If you are making them before dinner you will make them short on sugar or sweet flavorings. If you are making them for amateurs, maiden aunts, and such, you will make them short on liquor and strong on flavoring and sugar. The recipes given hereafter are on the strong side for experienced drinkers...Once you understand the basic facts of the paragraph above, you can choose a suitable cocktail, can face any recipe with understanding, and can modify it to get the best results. Classic!! All the recipes are sound, and these four short sections: Glassware & Measures; Sweetening; About Ingredients; and Cocktail Hints, offer pretty good advice about cocktail mixing in general. You won't find modern frilly cocktails or any photos of them. What you will find, as with the rest of the series, is serious recipes showing a glimpse at what our parents and grandparents must have enjoyed way back when. Links to several other cookbooks in this series can be found on my book blog.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Holloway

  3. 4 out of 5

    Canoe41

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vikesh Choubey

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    Jenni

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    Mallory

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    Mary

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    Rosie

  10. 5 out of 5

    JC

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rayjan Koehler

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nóinín

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Stevens

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