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Six New Cocktail and Drink Books Out This Spring

Behold these six new books out on drinking - a few of them historical, many of them humorous. 

Note that the descriptions come from the publishers and are not reviews by me. 


You Suck At Drinking: Being a Complete Guide to Drinking for Any and All Situations in Your Life, Including But Not Limited to Office Holiday Parties, Weddings, Breakups and Other Sad Times, Outdoor Chores Like Deck-building, and While in Public, Legally and Illegally 
By Matthew Latkiewicz

9780762451043Hey—you there with the cheap chardonnay—you think you know how to drink, but this book will gently lead you to the conclusion that you do, indeed, suck at drinking. It’s time to imbibe correctly, and author Matthew Latkiewicz has compiled this helpful, wryly humorous guide to help you navigate any drinking situation and answer any pedantic questions, including:
* What’s the difference between a flip, a fizz, and a smash?
* What is the official state term for being inebriated in Iowa?
* How do you choose the right drink to suit any occasion?
And much more!
Complete with tons of helpful illustrations and handy graphs, this guide will become indispensable to anyone who no longer wants to…suck at drinking.


Bok_mahoneycharl_0000_web1Hoffman House Bartender's Guide
By Charley Mahoney

This is a softcover reprint of the bartender's guide from the famous Hoffman House hotel in New York City, originally published in 1912. This Cocktail Kingdom edition has an introduction by noted bartender Jim Meehan.



Bok_bullocktom_0000_web1The Ideal Bartender
By Tom Bullock

This book, originally published in 1917, was the first cocktail book published by an African-American author. This hardcover Cocktail Kingdom reprint has an introduction by noted rum authority Ian Burrell. 


Summer Cocktails: Margaritas, Mint Juleps, Punches, Party Snacks, and More!
By MarТa del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano

Summercocktails_final_300dpiWhether you’re lounging by the pool, cooking over a grill, or relaxing in the hammock, you need a great drink. And with Summer Cocktails, MarТa del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano will help you discover your favorite fair-weather friends, from Peachy Keen Punch to Ginger-Lemongrass Piña Colada. Summer Cocktails features more than 100 seasonal recipes for punches and pitchers, frosty drinks, classics and throwbacks, and more. Craft your beverages from the bottom up with underpinnings straight from your summer garden, including Strawberry-Rosemary Shrub, Rhubarb Syrup, or Tomatillo and Coriander Tequila. Plus, round out the perfect party with savory snacks to match your cool drinks. 

This collection of fresh, innovative cocktail recipes will release April 28, just in time for the warmer months.


Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office
By Brian Abrams


Image001Hilarious and brash, Party Like a President is history with a side of cheek that reminds that while the Oval Office has been occupied by many great men, they are also just like us – flawed, and in need of a stiff drink after a long day.           

There’s George Washington, who plowed through three to four glasses of Madeira during his mid-day dinners. Ulysses S Granthad a reputation for riding drunk into battle - and once vomited on a horse’s mane. FDR threw toga parties but was notoriously bad at mixing cocktails. During the Cold War era, Harry Truman threw back an ounce of Old-Granddad each morning “to get the engine going,” and who could forget the infamous sexcapdes of JFK? Gerald Ford enjoyed a drink or three on virtually every Air Force One flight, and once, martini in hand and lounging with the Press Corps in Vail, stuck his foot in an entire wheel of brie – and never noticed. Presidential antics have even inspired new words - after George H.W. Bush vomited at a televised state dinner in Japan, “Bushusuru”, meaning “to do the Bush thing” aka to “boot ‘n rally”, has become part of the Japanese nightlife lexicon. And don’t forget the First Ladies! If there was someone who could rival the Presidents’ partying ways, it’s the woman who made the White House a hotspot, Dolley Payne Madison. 

And because no book about drinking would be complete without cocktail recipes, each Presidential tale is accompanied by a drink inspired by the president. Some historical, some contemporary, recipes include concoctions like persimmon beer, mint juleps, meringue-and-Roman punch, and many more.


Toasts_hiresToasts: The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion
By June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling

Organized by category and containing many original toasts written just for this book, this timely tome contains sayings famous and profound, suitable and sentimental. Covering births, weddings, graduations, and other events both major and minor, co-authors Cotner and Ling also provide inspirations for how this wonderful gesture can add meaning to life's special moments. 




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