How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well

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Agate Publishing, Mar 1, 2009 - Cooking - 200 pages
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Based on the popular feature in the Saturday Wall Street Journal, How's Your Drink illuminates the culture of the cocktail. Cocktails are back after decades of decline, but the literature and lore of the classics has been missing. John F. Kennedy played nuclear brinksmanship with a gin and tonic in his hand. Teddy Roosevelt took the witness stand to testify that six mint juleps over the course of his presidency did not make him a drunk. Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Chandler both did their part to promote the gimlet. Fighting men mixed drinks with whatever liquor could be scavenged between barrages, raising glasses to celebrate victory and to ease the pain of defeat. Eric Felten tells all of these stories and many more, and also offers exhaustively researched cocktail recipes. How’s Your Drink is an essential addition to the literature of spirits and a fantastic holiday gift for husbands and fathers.

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User Review  - olivetwist - LibraryThing

This book is a delight! Felten is a true wit and accomplished collector of all the best anecdotes, myths, and literary tidbits about drink. While many books in this genre are meant (as often stated in ... Read full review

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User Review  - quilted_kat - LibraryThing

“How’s Your Drink?” is an engaging mixture of historical anecdotes, recipes, and folklore behind mixed drinks. Felten also writes a column for the Wall Street Journal of the same name. The book ... Read full review

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Of Ice and Men
Slam Bang Tang
Straight Up
On the Rocks
Libation Tribulations
How Sweet It Is
Cocktails and Combat
Heres How and Where
The Spirits of Christmas

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Page 1 - No, Sir, claret is the liquor for boys ; port for men ; but he who aspires to be a hero (smiling) must drink brandy.
Page 11 - I have therefore long thought that a few prosecutions of the most prominent offenders would have a wholesome effect in restoring the integrity of the presses. Not a general prosecution, for that would look like persecution : but a selected one.
Page 28 - Bramin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, -who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.

About the author (2009)

Eric Felten writes the "How's Your Drink?" column for the Wall Street Journal, which appears weekly in the paper's Saturday edition. Born in Phoenix into a family of jazz musicians, he is a singer, trombonist, and leader of the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and family.

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