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Let's Bring Back

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Let's Bring Back

The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras

By Lesley M. M. Blume; Grady McFerrin (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books (CA), Hardcover, 9781452108261, 207pp.

Publication Date: September 26, 2012

"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind." - Humphrey Bogart
At last, here's your excuse to catch up. Introducing Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition, a compendium of long-forgotten libations due for a revival. Culled from ancient times through the 1960s, these delectable vintage cocktails are by turns fizzy and silken, sweet and tart, lethal and prim. Some of them are absurd, several are sentimental, while others are outright scandalous. They include:
- Angel's Tit - Guaranteed to shock goody-goodies
- Du Barry - To get your mistress into the mood
- Green-Eyed Monster - To serve to frenemies
- Monkey Gland - An unlikely fountain of youth
- Runt's Ambition - Serve this to men with Napoleon Complex
Throughout this illustrated tome, Lesley M. M. Blume divulges colorful cocktail history and barroom wisdom alongside one hundred and forty-four recipes that will delight aperitif aficionados for years to come. Whether you're toasting to an unexpected windfall, treating a malediction, or simply need an occasion to let your hair down, Let's Bring Back: The Cocktails Edition has the bevvy for you.

About the Author
Lesley M. M. Blume is a journalist, writer, and cultural observer based in New York City, and has covered fashion, media, and culture for a wide variety of publications, from the Wall Street Journal to Vogue. She is also the Huffington Post's contributing style editor.

Praise For Let's Bring Back

" it's a really cute book with nice illustrations and a good sense of humor all the way around. It should make a good gift book this year."

"This amusing book by Lesley M. M. Blume is the perfect conversation starter for your holiday party. With more than 100 classic and humorous vintage drink recipes, such as 'Ants in the Pants' and 'Green-Eyed Monster,' Blume's history of cocktails and bars will have you laughing out loud as you mix."
-Good Housekeeping

"Most books on vintage cocktails stick to the tried-and-true classics, but a new one fights for the underdog. The delightfully named Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras by Lesley M. M. Blume is a humorous, illustrated book that lists recipes for lesser-known vintage drinks like the Laughing Soup, Gloom Lifter, and Battery Charger. "

"If you're gifting a drinker, not an eater (and one with a sense of humor to boot), we suggest this little tome, subtitled "A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras." Occasionally appalling? Sounds like fun to us."

"Get tipsy together on bygone cocktails as you remember the year just past."
- Vanity Fair

"B+ . A fun book for those looking to hearken back to the days before molecular mixology."
-Good Spirits News

"Lets Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition is such good reading--it's a mix of cocktail lore, recipes, anecdotes, and quotations-that I think even a teetotaler would enjoy it."
- The Paris Review

Holiday Gift Guide Pick " [a] charming trip into the libations and drunken lore of yesteryear."
The Daily Beast

Holiday Gift Guide Pick "With this much festivity to pour over ice, who needs mistletoe? "
-New York Times

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012

This holiday season, instead of settling for the standard martini, historian Lesley Blume suggests you reach for a taste of bygone cocktail culture. She offers tips for picking the right antique elixir, as well as the original recipe for one of Ernest Hemingway's favorites. More at

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