Amanada Hallay’s Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist takes advantage of the classic cocktail resurgent, presenting a solid 70 or so cocktails, all of which you’ve likely had once or at least read about in a cocktail recipe book and dismissed as sounding like swill.
There’s plenty of classic stuff in this book – big names like the Bellini, Daiquiri, and Negroni – along with a few unusual choices – the Snowball, the Diplomat – all introduced with Hallay’s sassy, blog-like chitchat telling you about the history of the cocktail and, more often than not, quoting a movie in the process.
There’s a lot of chatter in this book – those 70-some recipes span well over 200 pages – and each is illustrated (also in retro fashion) by David Wolfe. This all of course means that the book is not exactly the kind of thing that you’ll find on the shelf of your local bar — the subtitle makes that clear — but, thanks to the pastel color palette, is more likely to end up as a bachelorette party gift for the girls. That’s not a criticism, and if you want a cute compilation of cocktail highlights this is a fine tome. If you really want an in-depth look at true retro drinks – crustas, flips, and the like – you’ll need to dig deeper into something like the Savoy Cocktail Book.
B / $11 / [BUY IT HERE]
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