Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking

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Hearst Books, 2002 - Cooking - 191 pages
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“Nearly every crucial fact regarding cocktail construction...is elevated by Wondrich’s erudite and estimably sharp wit.”—Wine & Spirits

Anyone can lift a glass—but drinking with class, taste, and wisdom is a completely different matter. David Wondrich, Esquire magazine’s renowned “drink pundit,” is here to remedy that sad situation and restore a tradition of intelligent, sophisticated drinking. Wondrich simply provides the liveliest history of drinks imaginable, serving up wit and wisdom that will help you sort out the classic from the crass and master the fundamentals of mixology. The highlight: the delicious drinks themselves. The recipes, with loads of information and variants, appear on pages brightened with vintage photos that perfectly capture the spirit of each cocktail. There are daiquiris, amusingly named gin drinks like “William Seabrook’s Asylum,” a Whiskey Sour, Margarita, Vodka Martini, and a barfull more!

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About the author (2002)

David Wondrich is one of the nation's foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail (okay, there's not a lot of competition, but still). A former English professor, he gave up Shakespeare and Freshman Comp to write for Esquire magazine (where he is a contributing editor) and numerous other publications, including "Saveur, Gotham, Wine and Spirits, Drinks, " and "The Snail, " the newsletter of Slow Food America. His first book, "Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking", has been called "a must-have for anyone who enjoys a first-class cocktail" (The "Dallas Morning News"). Dr. Wondrich is a founding member of the Museum of the American Cocktail, which will open in New Orleans in January 2005. He lives in Brooklyn.

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