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Storied Sips: Evocative Cocktails for Everyday Escapes, with Recipes Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Storied Sips... or Sipping Stories 5 Jan 2014
By E. Burian-Mohr - Published on
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Okay. Quiz time.

1. Was the margarita named after:

a) a flower
b) Rita Hayworth
c) A Tijuana bar

2. Which came first?

a) the Martinez
b) the Martini
c) Sex on the Beach

3. How did Trader Vic cash in on the tequila craze?

a) with the Maya Tayo
b) with the Tiki Taco
c) with El Diablo

1. During prohibition, Hollywood socialites went to Mexico where a popular libation was a spirit and lemon juice and a liquid sweetener. Someone ultimately made a Daisy with tequila. What's the Spanish name for daisy??? Margarita. And what Rita Hayworth's name? Margarita Cansino,

2. The Martinez came first. However, was the martini really developed from the Martinez. East Coast people say the martini came from the Hoffman House in New York. But the West coast hypothesis, from Gold Rish times. believes that the Martinez was the martini's inspiration.

3. Trader Vic had already brought the Mai to fame, but wanted to cash in on the tequila craze of the late 40s. He came up with El Diablo, which was a blend of tequila, Creme du Cassis, and lime juice.

If you love to mix cocktails and you love to tell stories, this is the book for you. It has impeccable recipes paired with stories of their storied pasts.

Great stories. Great cocktails.

Bottoms up and enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The perfect hostess gift -- gorgeous and entertaining! 5 Nov 2013
By Carrie Seim - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A gorgeous, entertaining book and the perfect holiday hostess gift! The stories are fascinating, clever and fun (who doesn't love a good cocktail anecdote to tell at your next soiree?) The recipes are absolutely delicious. Bottoms up!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite Kind Cocktail Recipe Book 16 Jan 2014
By Rawim - Published on
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What is my favorite kind of cocktail book, the kind with fun facts and stories. This is a wonderfully made book, nice hardback cover, nice thick pages, and really beautiful illustrations throughout. You only get 40 cocktails, and to be honest if you know your cocktails there may only be one or two you aren't familiar with, but the writing and stories behind the drinks are interesting and fun to read. This would be a great gift you get someone who has just recently become interested in cocktails or for yourself if you want to bone up on the history of some of your favorite drinks. The recipes included are solid, and I found to be faithful to the widely accepted recipes for the cocktails listed. Also since the book is so attractive you may just want to leave it out on your home bar or coffee table. I have many cocktail books and I highly recommend this one. If you have a question about the book feel free to leave a comment and I will try to answer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The most delicious drink recipes and beautiful artwork 7 Jan 2014
By Micheline Amy - Published on
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I went to a party where the hostess prepared a dozen cocktails recipes a head of time, put them in glass bottles on ice in tubs. She labeled each bottle of the drinks and put a list with the names near the bottles and included their main ingredients. The Storied Sips books was placed nearby. It was such a fun idea and everyone loved the drinks, they were the best many of us had ever tasted of some of the classic drinks. Then is became a bit of a game to read the stories behind what the cocktails you were trying, I loved it so much that I bought the book as presents for others over the holidays.
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Learn a little something while you imbibe to enhance the experience 3 Jan 2014
By zhabazon - Published on
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Erica Duecy has provided 40 recipes in a well put together spirited little book, Storied Sips: Evocative Cocktails for Everyday Escapes, with 40 Recipes, a book which exceeded my expectations. I have a collection of books on wine and spirits with an assortment on the Kindle, but this is the one that will not be placed on a shelf, but rather in my bar. I have read some of the author's work in other publications and although I like her style for the most part, I love this book. My bartender knows that when I want a bourbon cocktail, my stand by is the Manhattan mixed my way, not the way of the local chain restaurant bar. He also knows that eventually I will make a Sazerac for him, but the bar first needs to obtain a bottle of Rye. What he doesn't know is that I'm bringing in this little book to read aloud to him and anyone else who wants to listen, because the very brief historical description for each drink will make the beverage taste better, I'm sure.

I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning about alcoholic concoctions they may have heard referenced in a movie, read about in a novel, or noticed from across a room. The recipes are fine, but the tidbits of history take the cake. The collage artwork provided by Poul Lange is an outstanding complement.
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