How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well (2020)

How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well Eric Felten How s Your Drink Cocktails Culture and the Art of Drinking Well 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 t
  • Title: How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well
  • Author: Eric Felten
  • ISBN: 9781572840898
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well Eric Felten 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 jBased 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 , 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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  1. Ellen

    I was excited to read this book, and while it wasn t bad, I agree with the review below, I was expecting While talking to a bartender at a local watering hole, he pointed me to a book called Imbibe which I promptly ordered from and started reading yesterday That book is already exceeding my expectations If you d like a seriously academic study of drinking in America, I d suggest the other book If you d like a breezy and entertaining guide to making famous cocktails, buy How s Your Drink

  2. Jesse

    This short read by frequent WSJ Off Duty contributor Eric Felten is a great blend of history, trivia, and cocktail primers for the well versed or just interested drinker If you want to make a drink then any bartender s guide will do, but if you want to know why a drink is made the way it is and how it all came about, this book is better.

  3. Audra Jenkins

    This is a fun, funny, and fast read that made me want to overhaul or at least add to my liquor cabinet Great historical and anecdotal tidbits along with classic cocktail recipes Love the writing which sometimes goes over the top, but feels tongue in cheek enough to not be pretentious.

  4. Todd Melby

    Great Everything you wanted to know about the Bronx and other cocktails, including what drinks literary characters mixed Example Babbit was a poor maker of cocktails.

  5. Christopher

    This book is a birthday present from my brother And what a great book it is It combines two of my favorite subjects, history and cocktails, using a style I love, a wry humor with a few jabs here and there.To anyone who ll listen, I ll tell them I have created two drinks in my time The first is a Fuzzy Redneck I briefly bar tended in the mid 80 s and the Fuzzy Navel was all the rage A Fuzzy Navel is a screwdriver with peach schnapps It s a horrible thing, akin to an Appletini in today s clime I t [...]

  6. H.

    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 introductions and forwards to be read erratically, flipped through, referenced from time to time and possibly never truly completed, How s Your Drink is a smooth journey from cover to cover Even some of the classic histories are relived here as new, with a master s brevity There s something about Felt [...]

  7. Julie Davis

    45 2010.I always enjoyed reading Eric Felten s weekly cocktail column in the Wall Street Journal and was very sorry when it recently ended Luckily, this book conveys the interesting combination of history and drink that Felten is so good at writing With delicious and carefully selected recipes, naturally I have tried the Raspberry Shrub and found it delicious.

  8. Rob Fisch

    I had higher expectations for this one At the very least I was hoping to walk away with a greater understanding of the history of certain cocktails and with the curiosity to try a few new ones Nah, neither really happened I ended up skipping quite a bit of this book because it didn t hold my interest Now, if it included a taste testing cocktail kit, that would have made it much better In fact, if I applied myself here, I could have made the cocktails myself and read about them while sipping tha [...]

  9. Wayne

    Eric Felten is writing detailed and carefully researched cocktail history than anyone else today his Saturday columns in the Wall Street Journal are well worth following I was really looking forward to this book, and it didn t disappoint Well, it did a little it s a collection of the columns, spliced together somewhat thematically, and the seams often show I would rather just have had a compendium of columns But that s a small quibble for getting to reread some great tales of great cocktail and [...]

  10. Matthew

    Eric Felten is an elegant boozer What would you expect from a guy who wrote a cocktail column for the Wall Street Journal and croons lounge standards at the Federalist Society gala The man is classy and so are his favorite cocktails He describes a hypothetical perfect bar and it sounds like heaven The lore is fun and educational and the recipes are thoughtful and lean toward the tested and true A good book for any serious cocktail mixer to have in his bar.

  11. Sam Shipley

    A wonderful expanded compilation of Felten s award winning columns from the Wall Street Journal Anyone interested in the history of cocktails would love this book as it touches upon some of the most famous and not so famous potables Aside from the history, Mr Felten also weaves in stories of colorful characters and episodes that helped to make each drink a legend.A fun read that I would recommend to give as a gift but read first.

  12. Sean

    An informative, though not overly exciting discussion on the history of certain cocktails Felt some of his recipes were misguided, or lacking any creativity I understand he is following an historic approach to the cocktail formulas, but wondered why he had to do so with such rigidity That being my only complaint I did enjoy the book thoroughly.

  13. Matt

    It s like reading the origins of the super heroes but for cocktails Also its funny, and not at all like a comic book.This is a fun way to learn about many of the classic cocktails complete with great storytelling and simple but delicious recipes.Looking forward to making some shrub this summer.

  14. David Macpherson

    This is so fun a book that I hate returning the borrowed copy I was lent But I will Ted, I will The history of cocktails is done so well and informatively, it makes me want to have a drink or three Well written and funny, hell of a good time.

  15. Ben

    A wonderful little ode to the cocktail Playfully written, with selected drink histories and recipes throughout Felten writes about cocktails not as a detached chronicler but as an enthusiast for a well made drink and the joy of social libation.

  16. Jack

    Such an amazing read Thoroughly enjoyed both the historical aspects of the book and the recipes and pure craftsmanship of the cocktails presented Got a ton of great anecdotes to throw around at get together s now

  17. Tgaylord

    Loved this book, as I do his columns in the Wall Street Journal from which the book was mined For a second reading, would like to make drink each cocktail while reading the relevant chapter.

  18. Karl

    Loved it The book was then just a collection of random recipes, but quotes and histories to go along with the cocktails Excellent.

  19. Tedkane

    Cocktails are endlessly fascinating, at least to hear Felten tell it Makes me want to stock the old bar and mix away the nights.

  20. Brian

    Fascinating trip through the past examining the origins of drinks familiar martini and not so familiar.

  21. Karen

    65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s 61As my colleague Ray says, You gotta learn how to drink like a person sooner or later.

  22. Grant

    Great little book with anecdotes about the origin of cocktails both well known and obscure Plus some decent recipes, to boot Quick read, worth it for any cocktail enthusiasts.

  23. Allison Glass

    This was a fun little read about the history of various cocktails Would be a great vacation read

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