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What cocktails do you think people enjoyed in the Polish Middle Ages? You don't know, do you? Neither does anyone else. That's because no one bothered to write such things down. But if you had to write about American culture from, say, Prohibition to the current fin de siècle, you would be hard pressed to leave out the cocktail.
So hats off to Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker, and Reed Darmon, who have taken it upon themselves to gather up the arcana while it is still fresh and available and save it between covers for this generation and many more to come. Design, recipes, and writing all stand out in this cocktail lovefest that courts kitsch while all but taking itself seriously. You'd certainly have trouble doing much better for a collection of cocktail recipes than those provided herein. The design gathers all that was hip and cool in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, by about which time the cocktail was fading in the face of wine on the one hand and party drugs on the other. This book is a nice sharp stick in the eye of the New Puritanism--as the authors point out, the mighty American industry that rose up in the 1950s was built on the three-martini lunch. We can, of course, only hope that decisions affecting a wider population--who's going to drive, for example, or where to dump that toxic waste--are no longer being made after three martinis, no matter what the time of day.
And speaking of martinis, while the authors make good with tasty drink recipes such as the Stardust Martini and the Cognac Zoom, sadly missing is the Cajun Martini made popular by chef Paul Prudhomme. Now that's a cocktail to tangle with. --Schuyler Ingle
Atomic Cocktails brings back the glamour—such as it is—of tippling a-go-go. Written by nostalgia buffs Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker and Reed Darmon, the book delivers dozens of cocktails with a Œ50s and Œ60s point of view. The 50 recipes include classics such as martinis and Manhattans to libations such as Guava Daiquiri of the Party Gods and Hot Buttered Rumba. Rookies will find the basics (equipment, techniques, ingredients) here too, not to mention a very amusing read.
Also useful is Atomic Cocktails by Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker and Reed Darmon. This one focuses on mixed drinks from the fifties and sixties and the array of products and accessories they inspired. Where else are you going to find out how to mix up a batch of Ray Guns or Angry Red Planets?
Start the summer parties off with a bang, with Atomic Cocktails, a bright new collection of drinks, vintage graphics and detailed bayside reference. Surefire hits like the Brazen Martini (violet liqueur and an orange twist in the place of vermouth), Neon Watermelon Margaritas and the fearsome-sounding Angry Red Planet (bloody mary with wasabi), just might wreak everlasting havoc on cocktail life as we know it.