- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Agate Surrey; 1st edition (November 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572840897
- ISBN-13: 978-1572840898
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well Hardcover – November 28, 2007
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With authority and just a hint of snobbery, Wall Street Journal columnist Felten indulges the dedicated drinker with this unwavering, well-informed appreciation of the "secular communion" of a good drink. Chock-full of obscure and fascinating anecdotes, Felten's guide covers cocktail history, culture and craft, featuring appearances by the likes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway (who "ranked 'dry' martini drinking somewhere between bullfighting and big-game hunting in his hierarchy of the manly arts"), Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond, along with a long list of notable bartenders and drink experts. Felten seamlessly interweaves drink recipes with their respective histories, detailing for instance the "culture wars" over the Bronx's paternity before divulging instructions for this near-forgotten gem, "robust enough to have spawned a slew of other solid cocktails" like the Income Tax Cocktail, the Maurice and the Smiler. Felden's wry, almost lyrical writing style is quickly absorbing, like bellying up next to a funny, friendly, knowledgeable career drinker. Quoting the New York Times, Felten asserts that "we should know mixed drinks if we care to be thought cultured"; if that's so, this fun read should turn any unrefined boozehound into a class act.
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"It is a cultural study rather than a technical one, packed with great trivia and hilarious observations..."--Camper English"San Francisco Chronicle" (11/09/2007)
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The recipes provided are nice punctuation marks to the stories surrounding them. Perhaps the best recipes are the ones where Felten demonstrates that the drink should be made to the cocktailian's taste, such as with the old-fashioned when he proclaims, "Garnish with orange and cherry (or don't) and the other lemon peel." Beyond that, though, they offer nothing especially spectacular, and that's a good thing. Like the bitters cutting through a slightly sweet cocktail, the recipes provide a reasonable balance, answering the question just in time, as you read and wonder how to make the delicious concoction described.
Not a cocktail recipe book, although many are present, it's is an introduction to the history of the mixed drink. Full of stories about the cities I love from Boston, to Philadelphia and beyond it's a tour of how to have a civilized drink.
Exploring the history of many favorite mixed drinks, and the heritage of the "cocktail" itself, including detailed recipes and instructions ... yet a book so readable that one takes it in with a continuous draught. Not a dipping book at all, but a cover-to-cover read that is quite as delicious as many a cocktail.