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Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them
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This is a must have classic tome on mixology and of course on classic mixology.
While there are many new reprints of classic bar and mixing manual today this one is especially useful from a practical and entertainment standpoint. The wire binding, relatively spill proof paper , backstories and type size/font make it extremely easy to read and use- unlike many of its competitors.
Covering 100 extremely hard to find but very worthwhile recipes and the back stories to regale your audience while preparing said recipes.
I do have a few complaints about the book: First of all, it's spiral-bound, which makes it nice as a recipe book and not so nice as something to sit down and read through. Second, the recipes are often not updated to modern tastes and are geared towards the sweet palates of those who originally created the drinks. For example, try the first cocktail listed, the Almagoozlum, which is virtually undrinkable given its syrupy combination of 1.5 ounces of both Chartreuse and simple syrup, with no citrus to balance. Make sure to carefully review the recipes before pouring and shaking, in order to avoid pouring expensive ingredients down the drain. Finally, the resources section at the end of the book, while a great addition, generally favors a few extremely overpriced Internet retailers. Google around and you'll easily find better options.Read more ›
Edit: four years later
Our liquor cabinet now contains over 75 bottles of spirits, many of which I had never encountered before reading this book. I've added another two dozen mixology books to our collection as well, but this one remains the best-- and the one I recommend to friends who are intrigued by the fact that we have 15 different gins and at least a dozen kinds of spirits in the cupboard. A walk-in liquor closet is next on my wish list, along with a specific shelf to keep this book on for quick reference.
I've read the first edition, cover to cover, perhaps a dozen times; with each reading hoping to eke out just a little more information than I retained from the previous endeavor. This new and vastly expanded edition is a banquet of new recipes, additional historical information, and more tasting notes. While there are many books of great interest to those fascinated with classic cocktails (check out the reprints from Mud Puddle Books), I can think of no other introduction to the subject as broad reaching or as enjoyable to read than Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails. I have no doubt I'll pour over this edition time and again, just like the last, in an effort to extract as much of the Doctor's wisdom as I can.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you enjoy prohibition era cocktails this book is wonderful!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book- lots of interesting history, as well as delicious recipes. Plus Dr. Cocktail is a pretty funny writer as well.Published 1 month ago by MPRUETT
Awesome! Tons of great recipes and stories to accompany each one.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best vintage cocktail books I've ever seen. More recipes than you can imagine, as well as fun facts, history and stories behind the drinks.Published 2 months ago by Tiffany A Keller
Important for its time. Not the best book around these days, but still a fun, albeit a bit dated, historical cocktail book.Published 2 months ago by Dennis Castro