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Highballs High Heels: A Girls Guide to the Art of Cocktails Hardcover – April 1, 2001

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The '50s-style cocktail party is back in style, and it's not your father's grumpy, whiskey-sodden affair. In Highballs and High Heels: A Girl's Guide to the Art of Cocktails, the authors of Atomic Cocktails show us just how feminine this nostalgic art form can be. Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker and Reed Darmon demystify the requisite "gadgets and gizmos" (from the cocktail shaker to the lemon zester), cocktail adornment (including the jeweled Turbinado Sugar Rim and the campy swizzle stick) and the hostess-to-die-for look (it's all about "killer heels"). Drink recipes range from now-trendy layered beverages with names like Blonde Bombshell and Stiletto Cocktail, margaritas (Venus Envy and Fallen Angelita) and others that resist easy categorization, like the grenadine-tinged Shirley Temple's Evil Twin or, for suburbanites who need soothing, the Minivan Mom Meltdown Mixer, with vodka, lemonade, Pimm's No. 1 and cucumber slices.

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About the Author

Gideon Bosker is an Oregon based author, photographer, and connoisseur of popular culture whose many books include Freak Show, and Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s.

Karen Brooks is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in many national publications. She is currently the arts editor and restaurant critic for the Oregonian in Portland, Oregon.

Reed Darmon is a newspaper designer and artist.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Later Printing Used edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811830179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811830171
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jose Luque on November 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
OK so maybe I like to wear high heels every once in a while, but that's not the only reason why I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The simple and articulate writing, the flow of the layout from page to page and the tasteful vintage-like illustrations makes this book a really great gift or just to own for yourself.
Here are a few reasons why I love this book.
#1 It looks a lot cooler than having the Sports Illustrated (Swim Suit edition) laying around.
#2 It shows that I am sensitive to certain women's issues.
#3 I finally learned how to make a decent drink.
#4 It impressed all my gay friends as well as my female friends and left all my buddies wondering (gotta love that!)
#5 It shows how I can be in touch my feminine side.
Highballs High Heels is for everyone to anyone.
A beautiful book with a very practical nature.
Do not let the title fool you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Highballs High Heels" is what it says: a smart, witty cocktail guide for girls (and the authors mean anyone female, not just the young 'uns). I own this book and "Atomic Cocktails" by the same writers, and both are terrific, but "Highballs" is funkier and less basic, though still very easy to use. "Highballs" is not exclusively for women, but then, neither is "When Harry Met Sally"- it's just unlikely that men will have the same appreciation for these that we do. With recipes like Minivan Mom Meltdown Mixer and Shirley Temple's Evil Twin, these recipes are as much fun to read as they are to make. The graphics are so cool that it practically qualifies as a coffee-table book. "Highballs in High Heels" is now the first book I grab when I have the yen for a cocktail- you really can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on May 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a cool, fun book! I picked this book up as a bachelorette gift for a friend and was not disappointed. What a hoot! I loved the titles of the cocktails, and it was fun to read the descriptions of the recipes and the background of each. The colorful pictures really added to the book, and the information regarding garnishes, infusions, and syrups was excellent.

Some of our favorites included: Silky Stockings, Hot Lips, Choco Locos, Creamsicle Margarita, Bad Hair Day Blaster, and Power Shower Punch. Enjoy!
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