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Storied Sips: Evocative Cocktails for Everyday Escapes, with 40 Recipes Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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Erica Duecy is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in Wine & Spirits and Travel. By day, she runs the Fodor’s Travel website as Deputy Editor. At night, Erica writes about cocktails at StoriedSips.com, and tastes wines and tests cocktail recipes for the luxury alpine travel magazine SNOW (Bonnier), where she was Wine & Spirits Editor for the past six years. For SNOW, Erica has written wine and spirit features ranging from the new generation of Wild West whiskeys to extreme winemaking and skiing in New Zealand, as well documenting hot après-ski cocktail trends around the globe.
Erica is a long-time judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards, and holds an Advanced Certificate from the London-based Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She has written for the New York Times, Food & Wine, and numerous other publications, and often speaks about cocktail history at events, including Tales of the Cocktail and the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. For book news, events, and updates, visit StoriedSips.com.
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But, and this is the really fun stuff, she delves into the back story for these cocktails, offering some history of each drinks including its place of origin, famous folks associated with some of these beverages, cultural trappings for the drinks, and changes and variation to the original concoctions.
Before one gets to the goods, Ms. Duecy provides a spirited overview of cocktail history in effusive prose that makes one want to head out and start stocking up essential supplies. For those so inspired, the next section of the book covers bar essentials, including glassware, ingredients, and tools.
The actual recipes are not so involved as to scare off neophytes---the Singapore Sling and Wassail are a bit involved---and the accompanying instructions on making these libations do not require one to have a masters in chemistry or be a master bartender.
So far I have not mentioned the whimsical, charming illustrations Poul Lange has contributed. His collages of old ads, historical ephemera, photographs, and happy people (they are after all having cocktails) grace these brief tales. He also created the graceful calligraphy that serves as chapter titles, adding just the right amount of quirky splash to the book.
This is the sort of book that one needs as an actual book. Electrons on a screen will seem pale and flat in comparison to having the volume on your table or bar. With so many more cocktails to cover, it’s unlikely the author will stop with one book on the subject.
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning about alcoholic concoctions they may have heard referenced in a movie, read about in a novel, or noticed from across a room. The recipes are fine, but the tidbits of history take the cake. The collage artwork provided by Poul Lange is an outstanding complement.
1. Was the margarita named after:
a) a flower
b) Rita Hayworth
c) A Tijuana bar
2. Which came first?
a) the Martinez
b) the Martini
c) Sex on the Beach
3. How did Trader Vic cash in on the tequila craze?
a) with the Maya Tayo
b) with the Tiki Taco
c) with El Diablo
1. During prohibition, Hollywood socialites went to Mexico where a popular libation was a spirit and lemon juice and a liquid sweetener. Someone ultimately made a Daisy with tequila. What's the Spanish name for daisy??? Margarita. And what Rita Hayworth's name? Margarita Cansino,
2. The Martinez came first. However, was the martini really developed from the Martinez. East Coast people say the martini came from the Hoffman House in New York. But the West coast hypothesis, from Gold Rish times. believes that the Martinez was the martini's inspiration.
3. Trader Vic had already brought the Mai to fame, but wanted to cash in on the tequila craze of the late 40s. He came up with El Diablo, which was a blend of tequila, Creme du Cassis, and lime juice.
If you love to mix cocktails and you love to tell stories, this is the book for you. It has impeccable recipes paired with stories of their storied pasts.
Great stories. Great cocktails.
Bottoms up and enjoy.
Recipes are excellent; tempts you to try new cocktails and find new ingredients. The recipes are from all around the world and span many years of history. There is a lot of information in this little book; much more than I thought could be fit onto the pages!
I recommend this for anyone looking for an interesting read, great cocktail recipe book, and great conversational piece!