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Product Details

  • Series: Field Guide
  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594740631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594740633
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rob Chirico is a bartender, writer, and drinks enthusiast living in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His writing has appeared in the magazine Gastronomica.

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For novice and professional alike, this is the barkeeps Rosetta Stone !
Gustav Leightner
Mr. Chirico intersperses his descriptions of each drink and its origins with his own "wry" comments -- he is both informative and witty.
ProfDCR
Not only are the recipes easy to follow but the stories and histories that go along with the recipes are really funny.
Michael A. Stanley

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Flynn on December 28, 2005
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I've now bought two copies for myself (one to use, one autographed to be shown off!) and five for friends and relatives. The content is extensive (if you can't find it here, you probably shouldn't be drinking it!), the style is both witty and clear enough for the rankest amateur. Following is one recipe and description: see for yourself! (The following is ©2004, Rob Chirico, used by permission)

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Every so often a simple relaxing drink comes along with an equally carefree name. The Zombie is not one. The name conjures up such bygone film stars as Karloff and Lugosi with good reason. The nine-odd ingredients in a Zombie make for a lethal brew that is more the product of a mad scientist than a bartender.

The first Zombie was created by Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gant (who for some obscure reason was called "Don the Beachcomber") in the 1930s as a hangover cure for a patron at Don's Los Angeles bar. The fellow returned to the bar a few weeks later, and Don asked him how he liked the drink. The customer replied, "I felt like the living dead." The Zombie went on to become the signature drink at the Hurricane Bar at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, and Trader Vic featured it on his menu. It has since become a standard drink at Chinese restaurants, where it continues to transform jovial patrons into the moribund characters of a George Romero flick. The addition of 151-proof rum likens the Zombie to a postmortem in a glass.

Purchase: Anywhere you spy a tiki statue, a paper drink parasol, or sticks of bamboo, you will find a Zombie lurking. Beware the dreaded premixed Zombie.

You may want to think twice before you order one of the world's most lethal cocktails, because you may not be able to think at all afterward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gustav Leightner on December 22, 2005
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Wow ! They said its the only "mixology" I'll ever need and they're right! OUTSTANDING ! Unlike most of these guides, it reads almost like a novel. Packed with interesting discussions of the myths surrounding famous drinks with just enough dry humor to put one in the mood for testing a new concoction. This book would have been standard equipment in the glovebox of every Earl's Shooting Brake!

For novice and professional alike, this is the barkeeps Rosetta Stone !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ProfDCR on September 14, 2005
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What a find! This compact, yet comprehensive guide is the best source for mixed drinks I have seen. The recipes have been thoroughly researched and clearly presented for both the expert and novice mixologist. Mr. Chirico intersperses his descriptions of each drink and its origins with his own "wry" comments -- he is both informative and witty. The book includes icons so you know what you need to prepare each drink as well as information about liquor, bar tools, and techniques. I have been working my way through my favorite recipes and have not been disappointed. (I have not tried the Jell-o shot, but the James Bond Martini is a winner!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Stanley on December 7, 2005
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I bought this book for my dad, and everyone at the party thought it was a great book. Not only are the recipes easy to follow but the stories and histories that go along with the recipes are really funny.

I'd reccommend this book for anyone who has an interest not only in cocktails, but in having a good laugh as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Rogers on December 7, 2005
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I loved reading this guide. There is lots of interesting information and what an assortment of cocktails! My son is purchasing a couple of these for gifts; has two friends that are always trying new drinks out and they will really appreciate this book.
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