Whether you're fond of a classic Kir Royale or possibly a traditional martini, whatever your pleasure Vintage Cocktails is a book that is sure to satisfy your tastes. With over 100 traditional cocktail recipes you are sure to find your favorite drink, the history behind it, and how to prepare it in this wonderful book.
Vintage Cocktails is a terrific book that will have you hooked once you start leafing through its pages. From the start Susan Waggoner and Robert Markel give you the inside scoop on the history of many of today's most popular cocktails. The book is filled with interesting comments on such topics like how the actual word cocktail came into existence. Interestingly, the authors' point out that one possible origin of the word "cocktail" is that a woman named Betsy Flannigan, a Pennsylvania innkeeper, used cock tail feathers as swizzle sticks when serving drinks during the American Revolution.
After a thorough exploration of all of the different possible origins of the word cocktail, the authors gives you a primer in cocktail basics with a list of basic techniques, and tips for making the perfect cocktail. Remember partygoers, chilled classes are a must, and be sure to make your drinks in batches instead of one at a time. Don't worry too much about whether you have the right equipment. An excellent feature of the book is that they let you know just what you need to prepare the prefect cocktail.
Each drink throughout the book is beautifully illustrated with classic artwork that dates between the 1920's and 1960's. Recipes for the various drinks are simple and easy to follow. Along with giving the classic interpretations of many well know libations the authors also include popular variations of each drink.
If you're into nostalgia and are an aficionado of great cocktails, then Vintage Cocktails is the book for you! It is a wonderful book both visually and historically, and even if you're not a big drinker it is still an enjoyable read.