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  • Spiral-bound: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Revised and Updated edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592535613
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ted Haigh makes his living as a graphic designer in the Hollywood movie industry and has worked on such spectacles as O Brother Where Art Thou?, American Beauty, and The Insider. He has been researching cocktails since the 80s and has been referenced by the New York Times, Esquire, the Malt Advocate, Men's Journal and writes regularly for Imbibe Magazine. He is a partner in CocktailDB.com, an encyclopedic database of cocktail knowledge and curator and designer of The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.


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One of, if not my favourite cocktail book. If you're interested in the history and provenance of cocktails, then this is a classic. It guides you through the impact of prohibition, covers some great but nearly forgotten cocktails of that era and he sprinkles the book with his opinions and observations on cocktails, their ingredients and how to make them.
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Bought as a gift. It is a ring binder type book which means it will be easier to keep pages open. I cannot comment on the quality of the text but it looked really well produced and perfect for a vintage themed present.
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this cocktail book is great but you have to make sure you have the same percentage proof 100 proof in the booze that you had back then,otherwise they will taste different with the normal 80 proof that you find in this days.great recipes
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So much more than a simple recipe book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails is a wonderful literary journey through the world of the cocktail. Ever informative, but never boring, this book is an absolute must-have for anyone with even a passing interest in cocktails. A staple for every drinks professional, and a bloody good read for everyone else. Superb!
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An Interesting book. The problem is that many of his recipes appeared to be geared up to American taste,heavy on the sweet additives.He gives little or no reference to one of the classics on Cocktails,by David Emburey.The idea that cocktails were started in the USA might be disputed in that the Royal Navy in the eighteenth century were drinking a mixture of rum,lime juice and molasses which might be considered as the first Diaquiri. Many of his cocktails that do not contain fruit juice he specifies as being shaken.Anyone with a knowledge of chemistry will know that shaking a mixture of alcoholic and aqueous liquids such as vermouths and liqueurs will produce an air-liquid emulsion,resulting in a cloudy drink:this is the reason that you do not shake drinks like a Martini.Stirring,provided you have sufficient ice,produces adequate chilling.Obviously "Doctor Cocktail" does not have a great scientific background!
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This was a birthday present for my son who has just started work in a very exclusive members only club in London, working behind the bar with a lot of famous customers. He was thrilled with this book as he wants to practice his cocktail-making arts and says that this little book is just great! It was delivered quickly and was well-packed too.
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Good well written clear book with interesting anecdotes.

Drink recipes are okay as a basis, sits with the others that I bought in my mini mixologists library and comes out every Christmas
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Very interesting book with cocktail recipes and history. My brother loved it, he enjoys making old fashioned cocktails so I bought him this as a gift. It was very well presented.
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