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Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking With 250 Drink Recipes

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A book by David Wondrich

As a source for the origin of specific cocktails, nothing beats David Wondrich'sesquire Drinks. In humorous yet informative prose, Wondrich outlines the history of both familiar and old-fashioned cocktails, such as the martini, sloe gin fizz, Moscow … see full wiki

Author: David Wondrich
Publisher: Hearst
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Informative and entertaining history and writing as well as mixology

  • Nov 3, 2009
There's a lot to admire about this book. Not only the beautiful photography and layout, or the history and analysis accompanying the recipes for a wide variety of drinks, but also (as befits a men's magazine like "Esquire") a commitment to adult, manly drinking: solid rum or whisky-based drinks, for example, instead of the colorful fruit-infused or hypersweet collations available in trendy bars and restaurants. All of that makes "Esquire Drinks" a great book to read end-to-end, as well as to use as a reference for particular recipes.

What really made this volume enjoyable and memorable for me -- so much so that I hastened to buy a copy once I had to return my borrowed one -- is the distinctive editorial voice in which the book is written. A lot of the credit, of course, is due to author David Wondrich. But this sort of hard-boiled, slangy, intelligent-but-not-full-of-itself prose has a long history on the pages of Esquire: compare, if you can find a copy, the captions accompanying the classic menswear illustrations in Woody Hochswender's essential "Men In Style." It really reinforces the idea that drinking can be a pleasure for the adult male, worlds away from the excesses of frat house or party bar. Plus, copy that good is always entertaining to read. That makes "Esquire Drinks" worth reading even if none of the drinks it describes ever cross your lips.

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