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How's Your Drink? You've probably been asked that question many times, but have you really thought about it? This is the question posed by Eric Felten in his new book How's Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture and the Art of Drinking Well. In it the Wall Street Journal columnist explores drinks that were once common in bars and lounges and many of which have since faded into near obscurity or been tweaked so much that the original is nearly forgotten. From the Bardstown Sling to the Florodora, each recipe has its own story.
- Chance to rediscover some great classic cocktails.
- Interesting stories behind the drinks.
- Felton includes his variation of many of the cocktails, modernizing the classics.
- Wonderfully written prose.
- I wish there were more than 50 cocktails.
- 200 page Hardcover
- Written by: Eric Felton, How's Your Drink columnist for the Wall Street Journal
- Published by: Agate Surrey Books
- Release date: October, 2007
- Suggested Retail: $20
Guide Review - How's Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture and the Art of Drinking Well
There are 50 cocktail recipes inside How's Your Drink? and many more mentioned throughout Felten's spectacular prose. The book covers some of the cocktails that many of us have never heard of, much less tried including the Vieux Carre, Brandy Smash and General Order #1. On the flip side, many of the drinks Felten writes of are old favorites, ones that are seeing a comeback and getting passed across many bar tops in various mutations such as the Sazerac, Manhattan and Gin and Tonic. There's a story behind every cocktail and those are the stories Felten brings to life. The author always uses his personal experience to expound on variations of each cocktail, what works and what doesn't and ways to "improve" a few for modern tastes. The book is a fascinating profile of a few select drinks and a great read for anyone interested in the Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well (a most appropriate subtitle).