Today as a part of the September Blogging Challenge I’m going to be reviewing a book I received from Blogging for Books. If you aren’t in the know, Blogging for Books provides review copies of books in exchange for reviews on blogs and Amazon. Most books I choose are just for me and my personal library. The latest one I received was for Rial. You see, it was almost his birthday, and being low on funds and ideas, I noticed that there was a book available that might interest him. It was a book all about the infamous drink, The Old-Fashioned, aka, Rial’s favorite drink. Over the years, I’ve become quite good and making this drink for him, and when I saw this book available, I knew it would be the perfect gift.
Here’s the synopsis:
A complete history of one of the world’s most iconic cocktails–now the poster child of the modern cocktail revival–with fifty recipes for classic variations as well as contemporary updates.
No single cocktail is as iconic, as beloved, or as discussed and fought-over as the Old-Fashioned. Its formula is simple: just whiskey, bitters, sugar, and ice. But how you combine those ingredients—in what proportion, using which brands, and with what kind of garnish—is the subject of much impassioned debate.
The Old-Fashioned is the spirited, delightfully unexpected story of this renowned and essential drink: its birth as the ur-cocktail in the nineteenth century, darker days in the throes of Prohibition, re-ascension in the 1950s and 1960s (as portrayed and re-popularized by Don Draper on Mad Men), and renaissance as the star of the contemporary craft cocktail movement.
Also featured are more than forty cocktail recipes, including classic variations, regional twists, and contemporary updates from top bartenders around the country. All are accessible, delicious, and elegant in their simplicity, demonstrating the versatility and timelessness of the Old-Fashioned formula.
With its rich history, stunning photography, and impeccable recipes, The Old-Fashioned is a celebration of one of America’s greatest bibulous achievements. It is a necessary addition to any true whiskey- or cocktail-lover’s bookshelf, and destined to become a classic on par with its namesake beverage.
Rial and I have loved reading this book. The history is so interesting, he spent the first few nights reading it out loud to me at bed time. We’ve loved exploring the traditional and contemporary recipes and cannot wait to try many of them out. This is a wonderful gift for the sophisticated man in your life, and it’s awesome for the modern housewife as well!
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.