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Straight Up or on the Rocks: The Story of the American Cocktail

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ISBN13: 9780865476561
ISBN10: 086547656x
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The first comprehensive account of the cocktail, newly revised and expanded

The cocktail is as old as the nation that invented it, yet until this entertaining and authoritative account, its story had never been fully told. William Grimes traces the evolution of American drink from the anything-goes concoctions of the Colonial era to the frozen margarita, spiking his meticulously researched narrative with arresting details, odd facts, and colorful figures.

After exploring the proto-cocktails of the early nineteenth century, Grimes tracks the rise of the saloon and the bartender, and the spread of the American cocktail to Europe; the golden age of the cocktail, from 1880 to 1920, when classics such as the Bronx, Manhattan, martini, and daiquiri came into being; the Jazz Age and the subterranean world of the speakeasy; the post-Prohibition lull and the Cold War landscape of cocktails that followed; the strange efflorescence of a Polynesian-influenced lounge culture; and the recent resurgence that has produced a wave of exciting new drinks. (The martini, of course, gets a chapter of its own.) The book includes about one hundred recipes-half of them new for this edition-for both classics and innovations.

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The cocktail is as old as the nation that invented it, yet until this entertaining and authoritative account, its story had never been fully told. William Grimes traces the evolution of American drink from the anything-goes concoctions of the Colonial era to the frozen margarita, spiking his meticulously researched narrative with arresting details, odd facts, and colorful figures.

The book includes about one hundred recipes--half of them new for this edition--for both classics and innovations.

About the Author

William Grimes is the restaurant critic for The New York Times. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

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lukas, July 19, 2010 (view all comments by lukas)
Americans love to drink and William Grimes chronicles this love affair to goes back to the founding of the nation (yes, the Puritans drank). Grimes, who has a PhD, covers the history of American drinking, from rye to vodka, in a witty, informative and opinionated manner. The book is brief and brisk, but full of great anecdotes, as well as recipes for over 100 drinks. A must for the serious drinker.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865476561
Author:
Grimes, William
Publisher:
North Point Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bartending
Subject:
Beverages - Bartending
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Bartending and Liquor
Edition Number:
Revised Edition
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes Recipes, a Bibliography, and an
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.475 in 0.395 lb

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The cocktail is as old as the nation that invented it, yet until this entertaining and authoritative account, its story had never been fully told. William Grimes traces the evolution of American drink from the anything-goes concoctions of the Colonial era to the frozen margarita, spiking his meticulously researched narrative with arresting details, odd facts, and colorful figures.

The book includes about one hundred recipes--half of them new for this edition--for both classics and innovations.

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