How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well

How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well

Based on the popular feature in the Saturday Wall Street Journal, How's Your Drink illuminates the culture of the cocktail. Cocktails are back after decades of decline, but the literature and lore of the classics has been missing. John F. Kennedy played nuclear brinksmanship with a gin and tonic in his hand. Teddy Roosevelt took the witness stand to testify that six mint juleps over the course of his presidency did not make him a drunk. Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Chandler both did their part to promote the gimlet. Fighting men mixed drinks with whatever liquor could be scavenged between barrages, raising glasses to celebrate victory and to ease the pain of defeat. Eric Felten tells all of these stories and many more, and also offers exhaustively researched cocktail recipes. How’s Your Drink is an essential addition to the literature of spirits and a fantastic holiday gift for husbands and fathers.

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  • I was excited to read this book, and while it wasn't bad, I agree with the review below, I was expecting more. While talking to a bartender at a local watering hole, he pointed me to a book called "Im...

  • This short read by frequent WSJ Off-Duty contributor Eric Felten is a great blend of history, trivia, and cocktail primers for the well versed or just interested drinker. If you want to make a drink t...

  • This is a fun, funny, and fast read that made me want to overhaul (or at least add to) my liquor cabinet. Great historical and anecdotal tidbits along with classic cocktail recipes. Love the writing w...

  • Great! Everything you wanted to know about the Bronx and other cocktails, including what drinks literary characters mixed. Example: Babbit was a poor maker of cocktails....

  • This book is a birthday present from my brother. And what a great book it is. It combines two of my favorite subjects, history and cocktails, using a style I love, a wry humor with a few jabs here and...

  • This book is a delight! Felten is a true wit and accomplished collector of all the best anecdotes, myths, and literary tidbits about drink. While many books in this genre are meant (as often stated in...

  • #45 - 2010.I always enjoyed reading Eric Felten's weekly cocktail column in the Wall Street Journal and was very sorry when it recently ended. Luckily, this book conveys the interesting combination of...

  • I had higher expectations for this one. At the very least I was hoping to walk away with a greater understanding of the history of certain cocktails and with the curiosity to try a few new ones. Nah, ...

  • Eric Felten is writing more detailed and carefully researched cocktail history than anyone else today -- his Saturday columns in the Wall Street Journal are well worth following. I was really looking ...

  • Eric Felten is an elegant boozer. What would you expect from a guy who wrote a cocktail column for the Wall Street Journal and croons lounge standards at the Federalist Society gala? The man is classy...

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