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Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras Hardcover – September 26, 2012
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"Lets Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition is such good reading--it's a mix of cocktail lore, recipes, anecdotes, and quotations-that I think even a teetotaler would enjoy it."
- The Paris Review
"B+ . A fun book for those looking to hearken back to the days before molecular mixology."
-Good Spirits News
"Get tipsy together on bygone cocktails as you remember the year just past."
- Vanity Fair
"If you're gifting a drinker, not an eater (and one with a sense of humor to boot), we suggest this little tome, subtitled "A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras." Occasionally appalling? Sounds like fun to us."
"Most books on vintage cocktails stick to the tried-and-true classics, but a new one fights for the underdog. The delightfully named Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras by Lesley M. M. Blume is a humorous, illustrated book that lists recipes for lesser-known vintage drinks like the Laughing Soup, Gloom Lifter, and Battery Charger. "
"This amusing book by Lesley M. M. Blume is the perfect conversation starter for your holiday party. With more than 100 classic and humorous vintage drink recipes, such as 'Ants in the Pants' and 'Green-Eyed Monster,' Blume's history of cocktails and bars will have you laughing out loud as you mix."
Holiday Gift Guide Pick " [a] charming trip into the libations and drunken lore of yesteryear."
The Daily Beast
Holiday Gift Guide Pick "With this much festivity to pour over ice, who needs mistletoe? "
-New York Times
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Top Customer Reviews
some of the elements i most enjoyed:
one: the book is filled with terrifically amusing recipes. the names are wonderful, and the quip-like bylines are a great addition (i.e.: 'leave-it-to-me: the bravado enhancer'). the back story on how the drinks recived their names is appreciated.
two: some of the recipes are a little odd to my tastes, but some look delicious (champagne flip, anyone?).
three: there is a helpful 'liquid measurements' page at the end of the book.
four: the images in the book, as always, are beautiful.
if you are interested in libations or in a whimsical history lesson, i'd highly recommend this! i know of several people who would love this as a gift (and will likely get a copy!).
I've never really been big into drinking, but the occassional cocktail has been something fun to get into. The art or preparing it, rather, is fun in itself. And these old recipes are hilarious, and tasty no doubt!
I look forward to Lesley M. M. Blume's future charming collections.
In any case, this is a handsome volume that would make a nice gift for the enthusiast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best bartending book for historians. I bought several copies and gave them away as gifts.Published 5 months ago by S. Sanner
I have one of these. Bought this for a friend. Fun gift.Published 18 months ago by Dianne and John Scott
buried in a lot of white space and repeated information. Not up to standard; another volume trading on the clever first, "Let's Bring Back..."Published on January 5, 2014 by D. N. Stewart
I gave this as a gift to a bar tender they LOVE it! Very cool illustrations and stories. Wonderful book.Published on January 2, 2014 by Samantha Carr
Some great recipes in here. Looking forward to having true cocktail parties, and getting back in touch with the 1920s.Published on July 6, 2013 by Voklrider
great cocktails and history lesson. Can't believe some of these went out of style --love the book cover detail and built in book markPublished on April 4, 2013 by goggle momma