13. The Hour—A Cocktail Manifesto: Bernard DeVoto

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13. The Hour—A Cocktail Manifesto: Bernard DeVoto

Post  Patguy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:35 pm

A very short book (at a generous count 127 short pages, and many of those are taken up entirely by illustrations or drop quotes).

For the mixicologically conservative DeVoto, writing in 1948, a “cocktail” is only a martini, or a straight whiskey (with maybe a little water, if you’re feeling avant-garde). No other drink is acceptable, even the venerable Manhattan. He loathes rum, and I can only imagine what he would have to say about today’s tequila and vodka drinks. He is a very funny writer, and a very dry—let’s say bitter—one. Here’s a good review of the book by Michael Dirda. Mildly recommended for fans of old-school cocktails and New Yorker-style high-handedness.

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