Book recommendation: Imbibe!
I just wanted to call attention to a new book, called "Imbibe!" by David Wondrich. I just picked up a copy and am absolutely enthralled. The book focuses on the history of *classic* American cocktails, with fairly rich (and often funny) backstories to go along with the 100 or so cocktail recipes, many of which are taken from 19th century sources. The writing is funny, the history behind each drink fascinating, and it's quite interesting to read about the development of fizzes, slings, sours, and cocktails in pre-Prohibition days. This is a book that really gets deep into the history of cocktail making and I'd highly recommend it to classic cocktail enthusiast.
Link here: http://www.amazon.com/Imbibe-Absinthe...
I had put it on this year's Xmas list, but Santa didn't hear me. I'll be buying that one for myself soon.
Currently reading and enjoying every minute of it! I would also recommend "How's Your Drink- Cocktails, Culture and the art of drinking well" by Eric Felten. Mr. Felten is the spirits columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Another excellent read on the history of cocktails.
I got a pre-release copy and read it twice. A great book if you are interested in the history of cocktails.
Better late than never, I just finished reading this. I particularly enjoyed how it managed to pull a few things together in my mind chronologically as well as how often the author's wit made me chuckle.