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The most important book on mixology and cocktail history since David Embury's in 1948,
This review is from: Fix the Pumps (Paperback)
Darcy, the world's most-read cocktail blogger, finally gets this seminal work into print. The title of this review is no exaggeration: FtP is the missing link in mixology history: the entire and complete history of soft- aqnd carbonated-drinks, the lost art of the soda-jerk, what happened to bartenders during Prohibition, how narcotic and stimulant drugs got into sodas (and bar-rooms, and by extension, contemporary culture), how the stage was set for "girl drinks", Tiki and the party-drinks of the exploding 1960s singles-bar culture, and much, much more. And if that weren't enough, O'Neil includes step-by-step guides to making your own sodas of all kinds, and hundreds of formerly extinct recipes. And if THAT weren't enough, O'Neil has the temerity to be a funny, engaging and passionate author too, the bastard. No bartender can call himself a serious craftsperson if they have not read this book, and no consumer will swallow a Coke quite so carelessly after reading it.