Cool and sophisticated, cocktails are on the racier side of bar-drinking. Daring imbibers can indulge in Harvey Wallbangers, Alabama Slammers, Pink Ladies and more, to the unaware, exotic concoctions created with seemingly little effort by gyrating bartenders. But this ease belies an intensive training and years of experience and it is a brave man to try these at home for guests. Step in "Drink-ol-o-gy" - as the subtitle aptly explains, the art and science of the cocktail. Discover the tricks of the trade within these tactile, washable covers. A world of seemingly cryptic nomenclature, some unfortunate such as Angel's Tit and Sex on the Beach, others indicative of their ingredients - Chocolate Black Russian and Apple Martine, others conjuring up thoughts of distant shores such as Sea Breeze and Iceberg. Divided by spirit, it is an easy-to-find reference for whatever is lurking in your liquor cupboard. Whether violently coloured or subtly shaded, they are the epitome of elegance and this wittily written, informative handbook will assist you in the education of their production. Attractive in its own right, this book deserves a place on every home bar. So stun your guests with your newfound expertise and give them a reason to remember their visit for a long time to come. - Lucy Watson
About the Author
James Waller is the editor of the National Writers Union Freelance Writers Guide (F&W Publications 2000) and the writer of STC's Moviegoer's Journal (2001) and The Well-Bred Dog and The Well-Bred Cat (2002).