The Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 14, 2006 - Cooking - 176 pages
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Two hundred tantalizing drink recipes made more delectable by witty commentary and fanciful illustrations.

To the uninitiated, a drink is just a drink. But connoisseurs know that what you sip is a statement and knowing one's poison is essential to making the right one. With style and sophistication, The Cocktail acquaints readers with the various personalities at the bar: gin bats its eyes behind a bookworm's glasses, whiskey scowls at passersby from the curb, and rum does a tipsy salsa with the bartender.

Featuring 200 concoctions with character, The Cocktail also shows readers the savoir faire of pairing drinks with occasions- mixing up a Rum Runner for an afternoon spent in bare feet and hammocks, or shaking up a 42 Flying Mules for a supercharged late night of raw emotion.

From Manhattans to Mojitos, Tibetan Mules to Southern Shags, The Cocktail covers drinks the world over from classics to trendy eyebrow-raisers. This charming book is divided into nine sections according to liquor-each introduced with a whimsically written profile:

- Champagne: The flirty, giddy staple, tottering around on heels, but not without substance and body- champagne is the leggy blonde who also boasts a degree in neuroscience.
- Gin: If gin had a wardrobe, it would be full of pleated skirts and ruffled shirts, lots of tweed and brooches.
- Tequila: Pin a red rose in your hair and dust on some bronzer-time to be saucy and brazen because, after all, the tequila made you do it. . . .
- Vodka: As racy as a Bond girl, as alluring as a fifties Hollywood starlet, and as compelling as a KGB agent dabbling in a little Russian roulette.

Throughout, Kat Macleod's collages personify cocktails as alluring women with devil-may-care airs-you'll want to cozy up to the bar with all of them. Both mischievous and elegant, this is a book to lift anyone's spirits.


  

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Contents

BAGHDAD ICED TEA
HIBISCUS MARTINI
HAWAIIAN PIMMS
VANILLA PASSION
BERRYSLUSH
BLOOD ORANGE BITTER HAND
CITRUS LIME GIMLET
KRACKED

FRENCH 75
KIR ROYALE
CHAMPAGNE ROYALE
LEMON CELEBRATION
AMERICAN ROSE
CAMPARI CHAMPAGNE
A GOODNIGHT KISS
EMMA PEEL MARTINI
BOMBAY SCHMINT
ALOE VERA MARTINI
POMEGRANATE MARTINI
BEIJING FLING
TOM COLLINS
LONDON SUMMER
HULA HOOP
ALICE SPRINGS
VIOLENT LITTLE OL LAVENDER GIRL
COLAZIONE
VANILLA KISS
YEMEN FIZZ
TINAS ON A TAIPEI BUS
FUNKY CARIBBEAN
CARAMELIZED FIG BANANA DAIQUIRI
PIA COLADA
PINK MOON
ALOHA SCREWDRIVER
STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI
YACHT CLUB PUNCH
RUM RUNNER
RUM RELIEF
TIKI MAI TAI
HURRICANE
RUMEO AND JULIET
KYOTO PROTOCOL
42 FLYING MULES
AUTUMN THUNDER
BLOODY MARY
ANGEL TSUZI
JPOP
PASSIONFRUIT MARGARITA
HOLA MAMASITA
TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD
TO KILL AROSE
MEXICAN ROSE
WATERMELON CORIANDER MARGARITA
ARABIAN MARGARITA
LIME STREET MARGARITA
HIMALAYA
SCIMITAR
W BAR MARTINI
STILETTO MARTINI
PEAR GINGER FIZZ
GINGER LEMONGRASS MARTINI
APPLE CILANTRO MARTINI
CLASSIC BLOODY MARY
COSMOPOLITAN
EASTERN BREAKFAST MARTINI
SCREWDRIVER
CHICHI
SEX ON THE BEACH
WHITE RUSSIAN
GODMOTHER
MOULIN ROUGE
ROSE ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI
CITRUS FINISH
VALENTINE
CHOCOLATE MARTINI
PURPLE HAZE
AFTER SEX
KINKY COSMO
MARTINI ESPRESSO
MUDSLIDE
TIBETAN MULE
TERRA FIRMA
BRITISH RAJ
KENTUCKY BLUEBIRD
MS FANNY U BANK
STILETTO
RUSTY NAIL
IRISH CAR BOMB
HIGHLAND BREEZE
SIT BACK AND RELAX
PAULS MANHATTAN
OLDFASHIONED WHISKEY SOUR
OLDFASHIONED
BOURBON COLLINS
BOSTON SOUR
MINT JULEP
AMERICAN SWEETHEART
LOUISVILLE COOLER
ALABAMA SLAMMER
KENTUCKY APPLE
SPRITZER
OPIUM
GRASSHOPPER
SDP
GOLDEN CADILLAC
GIUSEPPE HABIT
COUTURE FIZZ
NAPOLI ICED TEA
FRENCH PASSION
RINKY DINK SPECIAL
HEAVENLY HIBISCUS
BETWEEN THE SHEETS
COCO CHANEL
NICO
MARILYN MONROE
DOLLY PARTON
JOAN JETT
JANIS JOPLIN
BON SCOTT
GINNYHENDRIX
MICK JAGGARD
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Jane Rocca writes for the Sydney Morning Herald, West Australian, HQ, and Harper's Bazaar, among others.

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