- Spiral-bound: 352 pages
- Publisher: Quarry Books; Spi Dlx Re edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592535615
- ISBN-13: 978-1592535613
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them Spiral-bound – October 1, 2009
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About the Author
Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail, makes his living as a graphic designer in the Hollywood movie industry and has worked on such spectacles as O Brother Where Art Thou?, American Beauty, and The Insider. Although he has been diligently researching cocktails since the '80s, his moonlighting as a cocktail historian became public in 1995, when he hosted the America Online spirits boards. In the intervening years, he has been quoted and referenced by the New York Times, Esquire, the Malt Advocate, and Men's Journal, as well as various books and other media. He is a partner in CocktailDB.com, an encyclopedic database of cocktail knowledge.
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We recently got into making cocktails after renovating the family room, which has a built-in bar from the 60s. After a year of stocking it and making a lot of standard, popular drinks and trying recipes we found online, we started exploring with bitters and aperitifs and some of the less common spirits.
That's why this book was a lot of fun for us. There are classic, original recipes for some of the more common drinks we'd already been making, and it was fun comparing them. And there are a lot of unusual drinks we've never heard of. Plus all of the interesting historical backgrounds.
What we did was go through page by page, find something interesting that we have ingredients for, read about it and make it and taste. Then on to the next page! It'll take some time to go through it all (I hope) but it's entertaining.
As for the ingredients, many cocktails can be made with basic bar liquors (make sure you have some bitters and both dry & sweet vermouth, at least). I'd say that if your bar is stocked with the basics, all you'll want to do is flip through for a few of the unusual things you don't already have so you can try something new. And then have some fun!
Try 8 Scrappy's Bitters in this 2-gift set bundle
Contains the classic and exotic flavors Orange, Aromatic, Orleans, Celery, Lavender, Chocolate, Cardamom and Grapefruit
Try adding a few dashes to your vodka & sodas or gin & tonics
Please note that the bottles in this mini set have dropper caps and do not dash. 8-10 drops equals 1 dash.
HANDCRAFTED IN SMALL BATCHES IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.
With the book costing $13.67 & the bitters $41.83, it wasn't inexpensive. From what I understand, the bitters will go a long way (note: the boxes of bitters are small, the bottles tiny), but still makes for a somewhat pricey gift - for my budget anyway. BTW, he loved it so that takes the sting out of the price a bit!
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.
1. Love making cocktails
2. Like reading about the history of individual cocktails
3. Enjoy truly classic cocktails that are meant to enjoy the spirit itself (and not the terribleness you get at most bars today)
Do not buy this book is you are just looking for a recipe book, or if you think a martini is made with vodka....on second thought, maybe you should buy this book if you think a martini is made with vodka and get educated.
Ted Haigh (author, "Dr. Cocktail") does an excellent job with this book with his recipes and history of every single cocktail listed. It is essentially a library of cocktails within one book. The first part deals with the history of cocktails and Prohibition. He has some "extra" cocktails in the back as well, basically an excellent list of cocktails worth mentioning that aren't in the main part of the book. In the histories of the drinks, broad subjects end up being covered like specific bitters, spirits, rare ingredients, etc.
The book itself has a stiff cover to it which is nice. Smaller size book, 7'' x 8''. Inside the spine of the book it is wire bound though, which is fine in my opinion. I haven't had any problems with that. The pages are thick, and well "laminated" (I don't know the specific type of paper), but it is not regular paper such as in a paperback book, much thicker and resilient. Lots of pictures throughout the book, and not just of drinks, but of actual bars, photos, cartoons, etc.