Vintage Cocktails: Authentic Recipes and Illustrations from 1920-1960

Vintage Cocktails: Authentic Recipes and Illustrations from 1920-1960

by Susan Waggoner, Robert Markel
     
 

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"Miss Morris, I'm perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had a peanut butter sandwich and two whisky sours." —Tom Ewell as Richard Sherman in THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH

In this delightful volume, a comprehensive roster of sublime drinks evokes a time when the drinking of cocktails was de rigueur-and more was

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"Miss Morris, I'm perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had a peanut butter sandwich and two whisky sours." —Tom Ewell as Richard Sherman in THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH

In this delightful volume, a comprehensive roster of sublime drinks evokes a time when the drinking of cocktails was de rigueur-and more was definitely merrier. Colorfully written and rendered, "Vintage Cocktails: Authentic Recipes and Illustrations from 1920-1960" celebrates the glory and glamour of cocktails-their ascension during Prohibition and continued popularity through the pre- and post-World War II era and beyond. Presented are a wealth of classic recipes-from the iconoclastic Martini, to the original Daiquiri (not frozen, please!), and the knock-your-socks-off Zombie-plus amusing anecdotes about their origins. Both recipes and anecdotes provide a colorful backdrop with which to understand today's cocktail craze. The lively text, accompanied by beautiful vintage liquor advertisements, posters, and labels, also includes tips for making the perfect cocktail, useful drink making terms and famous lines from movies of the era. The glamour of the cocktail-both in its past celebrity and newfound, well-deserved popularity-comes to life in this eminently entertaining book. Bottoms up!

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ISBN-13:
9780765117335
Publisher:
U.S. Media Holdings, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/1999
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.65(d)

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Bacardi Cocktail-If you fail to make this classic with genuine Bacardi rum, somebody turn out the lights and call the law-you've just violated a statute. In 1936, Bacardi became so irked with the bars' propensity for using no-name rum in this cocktail that the company took the matter to court. Bacardi won, the defendants appealed, and the State of New York upheld in the company's favor. Thus was the authentic Bacardi cocktail preserved for future generations.

1 1/2 oz. Bacardi rum
Juice of 1 lime, strained of seeds
1 tsp. Grenadine
Maraschino cherry garnish

Place rum, lime juice, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Shake rapidly and strain into a cocktail glass. Thread the cherry on a toothpick or cocktail sword and lay across the rim of the glass.

For your further drinking pleasure: In the classic guide to drinking, The Gentleman's Companion, Charles Baker describes the Bertila, "an exotic We Have Personally Fetched Back from Taxco...where Artists from America Congregate for Varying Reasons, & with Varying Success." To make the drink, double the quantity of run, add the juice of half an orange, combine with limejuice and grenadine, and shake with finely cracked ice. Serve unstrained in a champagne flute, omitting the garnish.

-1936-
In addition to the landmark Bacardi ruling, here are some other headlines from the year.

"Gone With The Wind" shatters publishing records.
Jesse Owens infuriates Der Fuhrer by winning four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics
Edward VIII abdicates in favor of his true vocation, Wallis Simpson.
The minimum wage for women is ruled unconstitutional.
Shirley Temple wonders aloud, "Suppose I'm not so cute when I grow up as I am now?"

Unemployment hovers at 16.9%. Luckily, the price of aspirin is held to a modest 15� a dozen.

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