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Field Guide to Cocktails: How to Identify and Prepare Virtually Every Mixed Drink at the Bar Paperback – July 1, 2005
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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.Read more ›
For novice and professional alike, this is the barkeeps Rosetta Stone !
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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"Field Guide to Cocktails", published just as the renaissance of the craft cocktail was starting to make its way out of the speakeasy-style bars of New York and into the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nathan
We would sit and wonder how to do this and that. This handy book takes all the confusion out of drink making. It is easy to read and helps so much.Published on April 20, 2014 by miclaud
If you are not knowledgable on drink mixing, this is a good guide book to have on hand. It's thorough and has great photos, too! Small size makes easy storage.Published on January 10, 2014 by Q. Blackstone
If you looking for info an how to make mixed drinks this book will come as a big help for you.Published on November 7, 2007 by B. Johnson