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Jigger, Beaker and Glass: Drinking Around the World [Hardcover]

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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 25, 2001
Publisher   The Derrydale Press
ISBN  1586670506  
EAN  9781586670504  

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A collection of lively liquid masterpieces from around the world. Unusual alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages discovered by the author on every continent. From Mint Juleps to Shanghai Cossack Punch.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charlie Baker left Buffalo, Wyoming in 1942 at the age of four, grew up thereafter in the Army, graduated from West Point in 1960, and became an Infantry Officer. He first served with the 101st Airborne Division's reconnaissance troop during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and later commanded an Infantry rifle company in Berlin at the time of President Kennedy's famous visit. He served two tours in Vietnam - first as an infantry battalion operations officer in 1968, and again as a Vietnamese Ranger advisor in 1972. He retired after twenty-three years service with the rank of Colonel, and enjoyed a second career in commercial real estate before again retiring to become a writer. In 2005, he traveled as an embedded writer in Iraq with the same battalion he had served with in Vietnam in 1968, which was the catalyst for this book.

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A classic tale of classics  Feb 18, 2008
A wonderful journey, by a true bon vivant, around the world and into some of its most famous, and infamous bars to sample the spiritous joys within.
The classical work on the classic cocktails and drinks, and many other beverages besides that didn't quite make that lofty status, but still deserve to be tippled occaisionally too.
Loved it, loved it, loved it, please reprint the south american epic now please, I await with baited breath.
Classic, but a word of caution  Feb 26, 2007
Many of the recipes in this book vary considerably from how the drink of the same name is prepared today. The author often calls for ingredients which can no longer be procured, but that is to be expected. For the serious cocktail enthusiast, this book is a must-have, and this inexpensive reprint means you won't want to kill yourself if you spill grenadine on it.

The previous person to review this book makes a good point, too. This is not simply a formula book of recipes, but THAT is exactly what makes it a great read. Another perfect example of this is "Cocktail Recipes from the Nineteenth Century - The Flowing Bowl", by Spencer (another recent reprint of a rare old cocktail book.)
The Gentleman's Companion  Nov 25, 2003
It should be noted first, that this book is a faithful reprint (all except the title and cover :-) of the classic "The Gentleman's Companion", first published in 1939. That first edition came as a two book set: "Exotic Drink Book", and "Exotic Cookery Book". The former is the book here in question, the latter has been likewise reprinted under the title "Knife, Fork, and Spoon : Eating Around the World".

If you are expecting the same old "wad-o-drinks" type of book here, then you will be quite surprised in what you find. Mr. Baker has a dry wit, as well as a cunning charm about him. And he exercises it well as he relates to his readers the various drinks that he has collected through his travels and adventures. The recipes often consist of more prose then raw ingredients, which makes them both more interesting to browse through but at the same time slightly more difficult to work from.

For a taste of his style, here is just one of the drink recipes from this book:

in the EARLY SPRING of 1930
------This is another favour passed along to this field
representative and wine tester by the late Senor Facuno
Bacardi, it being his primary thought to donate something
to woo sleep and restore the slightly frayed physical
assembly. It is a simple drink, and would also make a
fine picker-upper. . . . Take 1 1/2 jiggers of Gold
Seal Bacardi rum, add 1 pony of orange curaco and the
yolk of 1 egg. Shake hard with cracked ice and strain
into a large saucer champagne glass.

While the formatting of these recipes may make it a bit more difficult to glean direct recipes from them, they do present a provocative and insightfull snapshot of the cocktail world of those days. Few books, before or since, have even approached this wonderfully eclectic performance.

I highly recommend this book for anybody who has an interest in classic cocktails.


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