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Tipsy in Madras: A complete guide to 80s preppy drinking Paperback – May 4, 2004
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What defines a preppy cocktail? Archaism (the drink must have existed pre-80s), character (nothing cheap or easy), understatement (nothing with an umbrella) and, of course, Anglicanism (if its exotic, it aint preppy). Beginning with an insightful essay on the demise of preppy culture in the early 1990s, this book goes on to chronicle the how-tos of drinking for the Lacoste set. Walker and Walsh, who make clear that they attended prep school, not boarding school, serve up a funny critique of preppy society and the beverages that accompany it. Recipes for concocting the usual drinksBloody Marys, Gin and Tonics, Cape Codders, Gimlets, Manhattansare here, as well as suggestions for stocking the bar (preps, the authors say, favor Dewars over Chivas Regal), summertime drinking (go ahead and pour yourself a Seabreeze, but for goodness sakes steer clear of the Sex on the Beach) and brunch ("a.k.a. socially sanctioned daytime drinking"). Although the book concerns an elitist lifestyle, its tone is never snobby and it can actually be quite amusing ("unless you want to give dear Bitsy a concussion with a jet-propelled stray cork, heres how to open a champagne bottle with safety and aplomb"). Useless sidebars (such as a list of essential summer readingincluding Salinger, Fitzgerald and Updike, among other familiar choices) are the only lackluster element to this snappy guide to getting drunk Blair Warner style.
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Like TOPH's famous "Preppy Value System" of consistency, nonchalance, charm, and the rest, Walker and Walsh propose some preppy-drinking guidelines, including availability (ie, did the drink exist in the '80s?), archaism (did it exist *before* the '80s?), efficiency ("the drink with the fewest ingredients is the preppiest"), and so on. As they describe various drinks, they helpfully include information on who drank it then, who's likely to be drinking it now, how to accessorize, and more. It's often these suggestions that are the funniest part of the book, but it's all pretty good. Whether you want to re-live those long-lost days at cottage, campus, or club during the Reagan administration in book form, or are looking to recreate them more energetically with a few carefully-selected bottles, finding a copy of this and adding it to your bookshelf isn't a bad idea at all.