Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute

Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar On April 3rd, 2009 I had my first ever real cocktail Sure I d had mixed drinks before, on the level of Jack and Coke or vodka and orange juice but on that fateful day almost three and a half years ago I sat down at the bar at the just barely opened Cure in New Orleans and ordered a Sazerac I had no idea what I was asking for other than that there was a decent bit of whiskey and a hint of absinthe involved I won t say that the skies opened up and golden light poured down because that would On April 3rd, 2009 I had my first ever real cocktail Sure I d had mixed drinks before, on the level of Jack and Coke or vodka and orange juice but on that fateful day almost three and a half years ago I sat down at the bar at the just barely opened Cure in New Orleans and ordered a Sazerac I had no idea what I was asking for other than that there was a decent bit of whiskey and a hint of absinthe involved I won t say that the skies opened up and golden light poured down because that would be an exaggeration but it wouldn t be going too far to say that that day I became a convert to the art of making a fine mixed drink.I didn t typically frequent bars whiskey is cheaper at home but because of various fortuitous circumstances I was able to while away many many hours at Cure without destroying my life savings Whether or not I truly intended to I ended up picking up some fundamentals of good drink making by osmosis Okay, osmosis and a lot of direct ingestion and dozens of questions and the help of some incredibly friendly and patient bartenders.Three years of drinking at one of the best bars in the United States and almost exclusively at that bar left me in a position that when I finally picked up this book and started leafing through it I was initially underwhelmed Yes, yes, of course, of course, why would you do it any other way, right, right, of course, yes, and so on because almost everything I know about cocktails came from people doing it right which they would have had a harder time doing if Wondrich hadn t put out this book in 2007 Okay, I don t mean to imply that Wondrich personally kick started the craft cocktail renaissance that d be a ludicrous assertion Without DeGroff, Regan, Haigh you know what, I m going to stop there for fear of leaving out an important name Point is that Imbibe is not the original cocktail history book but it is a fantastic one well researched, informative, and easy to understand Wondrich gives great detail on all the recipes, ingredients, conversions, modern substitutions, how to, theory, and history The three pages on the etymology of the word cocktail alone were worth the purchase price of the book for me, at least, living in the area where everyone still accepts the coquetier egg cup theory as gospel It s made it easier for everyone from professionals down to dilettantes like me to understand the how and why of making a classic drink.Long story short if you want to understand the history of the cocktail as an art and from what sepia toned history the fundamentals grew, pick up this book and right away If you don t then you d probably find this book repetitive as well as boring It s a niche text for sure, but a lovingly researched and humorously written one I give the content 5 stars it really is a wonderful historical compendium that can be relied on to try out some classic and long lost drink recipes but do not care much for Wondrich s writing style, which is very dense and affected Filigreed sentences in top hats and tails may be appropriate given the topic and time period, but I find myself zoning out I wonder if I ll ever finish it. This book is a fascinating read about the first celebrity bartender Jerry Thomas and a hands on approach to early cocktail culture More than just a historical depiction, it tells the story of Thomas through Thomas own drink recipes and the history behind each It s part salute to the cocktail and part bartenders bible Would recommend a permanent place behind every bar for reference and cocktail list idea generator Reading a chapter on Martinis influenced the Aviation Blonde Martini at Elev This book is a fascinating read about the first celebrity bartender Jerry Thomas and a hands on approach to early cocktail culture More than just a historical depiction, it tells the story of Thomas through Thomas own drink recipes and the history behind each It s part salute to the cocktail and part bartenders bible Would recommend a permanent place behind every bar for reference and cocktail list idea generator Reading a chapter on Martinis influenced the Aviation Blonde Martini at Eleven Recipe as follows Aviation Blonde based on classic cocktail The Aviation 3 4 oz fresh grapefruit juice1 1 2 oz Broker s gin1 1 2 tsp Luxardo maraschino liqueurabsinthe rinse pour 1 2 oz absinthe into glass, swirl in glass and throw out 1 tsp simple syrup As in his other major book, Punch, when Mr Wondrich has his historian s cap on, it is abundantly clear that he possesses the academic triple threat of research, synthesis, and articulation When he acts as a technical consultant, his research and synthesis is just as strong, but he becomes a bit too casual in his wordcrafting, and in a couple recipes, it s almost as hard to deduce what he s recommending as it is to interpret the original nineteenth century recipe.N.b Perfect or not, Imbibeis As in his other major book, Punch, when Mr Wondrich has his historian s cap on, it is abundantly clear that he possesses the academic triple threat of research, synthesis, and articulation When he acts as a technical consultant, his research and synthesis is just as strong, but he becomes a bit too casual in his wordcrafting, and in a couple recipes, it s almost as hard to deduce what he s recommending as it is to interpret the original nineteenth century recipe.N.b Perfect or not, Imbibeis for good reason one of the landmark works of the field and should by no means be omitted from any cocktail reading list A beautifully written and endlessly entertaining tribute to the illustrious history and enduring legacy of American mixology David Wondrich s elegant and witty writing, accompanied by period illustrations, is the perfect celebratory time for those willing to immerse themselves in the finest that Gilded Age America had to offer the cocktail.And why focus so heartily on the drinking habits of yesteryear As Wondrich states The old days were hard, but the people who lived them found ways of mak A beautifully written and endlessly entertaining tribute to the illustrious history and enduring legacy of American mixology David Wondrich s elegant and witty writing, accompanied by period illustrations, is the perfect celebratory time for those willing to immerse themselves in the finest that Gilded Age America had to offer the cocktail.And why focus so heartily on the drinking habits of yesteryear As Wondrich states The old days were hard, but the people who lived them found ways of making them tolerable It took me 309 days to finish this It was a slog The writing was at times convoluted The required ingredients pricey and sometimes unobtainable I suppose I learned some stuff, but I didn t enjoy it. Great book covering the early days of American cocktail mixing, writing and drinking, from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s Lots of interesting cocktail recipes, with discussions about how they came about, what the ingredients were like and what some variations might have been He tracks down the earliest mentions of many of them, and tries to pin down the inventors, with varying degrees of success.I also really liked the discussion of early bar tools and what the liquor was like back then Great book covering the early days of American cocktail mixing, writing and drinking, from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s Lots of interesting cocktail recipes, with discussions about how they came about, what the ingredients were like and what some variations might have been He tracks down the earliest mentions of many of them, and tries to pin down the inventors, with varying degrees of success.I also really liked the discussion of early bar tools and what the liquor was like back then Sadly, the most glaring ingredient that isn t available at all anyis Old Tom Gin , which was, presumably, a sweeter, heavier gin than the London Dry we have today Another very hard to get gin is the Holland Gin, which is a genever of even thicker purpotions It s good to see that a real Plymouth gin iswidely available these days Wonder if any of the boutique distillers will take a crack at an Old Tom gin While I enjoyed the recipes, I have to say that for some reason, I found them very hard to follow I think part of it is that he uses the original quotes from the various groundbreaking books of the day, which means the measures are muchvague While he puts equivalents in, I m still not sure if they are exact equivalents or his adjustments to the recipes And while heclearly describes each, I think he goes back and forth himself as to which way the reporting is done.Other than that minor nitpick, I really enjoyed this book The writing was wonderfully colorful, with an almost 19th century feel to it You can tell Wondrich really loves his research I m dying to try some of the recipes As a bonus, there s a very nice appendix on his online research notes and I m going to be looking into all of them A lively, historically informed, and definitive guide to classic American cocktails Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little known history of classic American drinks and the ultimate mixologist s guide in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar Wondrich reveals never before published details and stories about this larger than life nineteenth century figure, along with definitive recipes forpunches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks, plus twenty new recipes from today s top mixologists, created exclusively for this book This colorful and good hud volume is a mustread for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of a well made drink and the uniquely American history behind it ❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts/Grindelwald) Author J.K Rowling – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk historically informed ❮Reading❯ ➶ I Love Spiders Author John Parker – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and definitive guide to classic American cocktails Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ We That Are Young ⚡ Author Preti Taneja – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk little known history of classic American drinks and the ultimate mixologist s guide in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas ➶ Krishna Free ➬ Author Shweta Taneja – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk father of the American bar Wondrich reveals never before published details and stories about this larger than life nineteenth century figure [KINDLE] ✿ My Country By Melanie Dunea – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk along with definitive recipes forpunches ❮Reading❯ ➸ Positively American Author Charles Schumer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk cocktails ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Best Friend to Wife and Mother? ✈ Author Caroline Anderson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk sours ✰ Bright Evening Star Epub ✶ Author Madeleine L& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk fizzes [BOOKS] ✯ Creating the Good Life ✴ James O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk toddies ❴Read❵ ➪ Trupp Author Janell Cannon – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk slings ➳ [Reading] ➶ Brave New Knits By Julie Turjoman ➩ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and other essential drinks ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Women Talking By Miriam Toews ✐ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk plus twenty new recipes from today s top mixologists ❴Download❵ ➽ Real Cause, Real Cure Author Bill Gottlieb – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk created exclusively for this book This colorful and good hud volume is a mustread for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of a well made drink and the uniquely American history behind it As far as history goes, nothing is as murky as the history of specific types of foods and beverages Consider, for example, the chili cheese dog or the margarita Most mixed drinks have about eighteen different people who claim to have invented them Bullshit origin stories abound on the web, and some of these tall tales are printed with gravitas in actual reference books I guess it makes sense I mean who wouldn t want to lay claim on inventing the margarita Imbibe From Absinthe Cocktail to As far as history goes, nothing is as murky as the history of specific types of foods and beverages Consider, for example, the chili cheese dog or the margarita Most mixed drinks have about eighteen different people who claim to have invented them Bullshit origin stories abound on the web, and some of these tall tales are printed with gravitas in actual reference books I guess it makes sense I mean who wouldn t want to lay claim on inventing the margarita Imbibe From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to Professor Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar soothes my soul by reconciling the two parts of my character, the bon vivant and the extreme nerd Not only is this book all about booze, but it s also packed with arcane information Better yet, Wondrich actually explains how he came by the arcane information In other words, he doesn t just state facts, he also debunks all the stories he sifted through in order to get to them Sometimes Wondrich falls into the trap of taking the whole mixology business a little too seriously, but he also has a great eye for the idiosyncrasies of history, and most of the text is quite funny Also, it s loaded with good drink recipes And if Wondrich is a little too serious about the art of the cocktail sometimes, I can forgive him Drinking is a serious business, is it not 9 4 13 I haven t finished but this is clearly a 5 star read I love the history, the subject, the style of language densely authoritative, with a lovely wit that doesn t distract from the details I find it fascinating that our obsession for information in this age, at least as far as recipes and technique, was disregarded in theirs, in favor of imbibing rather than documenting Perhaps you could say it was the age of living in the moment, being present and all that, but it s alcohol, so9 4 13 I haven t finished but this is clearly a 5 star read I love the history, the subject, the style of language densely authoritative, with a lovely wit that doesn t distract from the details I find it fascinating that our obsession for information in this age, at least as far as recipes and technique, was disregarded in theirs, in favor of imbibing rather than documenting Perhaps you could say it was the age of living in the moment, being present and all that, but it s alcohol, soanyway, from the evolution of bar tools to the ambiguous to this day origins of the term and definition of cocktail to the bartender whose life is mostly threads except for this opportunity he had to write a recipe book for the ages, this book is filled with fascinating stories and conjectures If I had a time machine, I know I d go back just to see Professor Thomas in action.9 10.Such a delicious read


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