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How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice Paperback – May 18, 2010
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Now we live in a heaven of Friday afternoon cocktails, interesting, complex, delicious things like the rum daisy, the Sazerac, and the Perfect Manhattan. And while we drink them, I read aloud from this extremely funny book.
The authors - a bartender and a lawyer, and if that doesn't sound like the setup for a ribald joke I do not know what does - conjure the perfect situations for drinking their favorite cocktails. Revenge adultery? The French 75 (gin, lemon juice, champagne, mmm). Threesome? The Negroni (to which I say HEY! That's MY cocktail, and I am NOT that kind of girl). Looking for a fight? Start drinking Bobby Burns cocktails after work and by seven pm you will be bloody and grinning.
Offensive, oh yes. Marvelously so. But so inspiring, to wit:
Your Neighborhood Librarian's Nightmare in Pink
2 measures Hendricks gin
1/2 measure Lillet Blanc
Shake vigorously over ice, strain into a cocktail glass.
Variation: The Daydream in Pink: same cocktail, half and half with grapefruit juice.
With all the ridiculously specific scenarios for each cocktail (Drinking with people you despise, Realizing your kid is dumb, etc) perhaps they should start a liquor-related advice column....How about a suggestion for drinking to forget the recession, fellas?
Along the way, the book provides a lot of genuinely useful information; everything from the distinction between Bourbon and Whiskey to the rules for when a Martini should be shaken vs. stirred (it turns out James Bond was technically incorrect). And finally, the book represents all the new mixology trends emerging in Manhattan, and a return to the bitters and exotic flavors of the 1930's - when alcohol was consumed for flavor and pleasure and not just to get shnookered.
Though the humor is often a little scandalous, this is a fun book that will make you better at entertaining at home, and more creative and discerning when ordering at the bar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading (and ROTFL through most of it), bought as a gift for a bartender friend.
We both love the very amusing "life stories" throughout the book. Read more
Written by an author and a bartender, both with good resumes under their belt and from NY, I was impressed by the first chapter before even getting to any of the recipes. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Ariel G.
My wife bought me this book for Father's Day this year and my immediate reaction was, "Oh great. Another cocktail recipe book. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Jared C. Boschen
Thanks, Mr. Kaye, for providing the ultimate gift for the irreverent boozer. This book is fabulous--hilarious and informative (you know it's good when they kick off with dark and... Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Goldilocks