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Cocktails a Go-Go

Remember sipping a Mai Tai, perhaps with a lei around your neck while lounging to a Burt Bacharach song at a seventies shindig? Or dousing your thirst with a Tequila Sunrise after a turn on the disco floor boogying to Barry Manilow's Copacabana? Like Proust's madeleine, there are certain drinks that can take you back to a perfect time of pure pleasure. Cocktails A Go-Go sends you on that trip, with more than one hundred recipes for favorite drinks from the past along with the stories behind their invention, and nostalgic visuals that evoke the era. With the recent revival of cocktail culture at home gatherings, bars, and restaurants, drinkers have developed an ever-expanding and more demanding palate. Cocktails A Go-Go rediscovers a slew of long-lost concoctions to quench the unending thirst for the hot new drink. While several books have tapped into this craze, none offers this combination of historical information, practical real drink recipes, and kitschy images. Filled with fun TV and film stills, posters, and vintage advertisements, the book hits the Generation X nostalgia nerve that is rooted in a past of tiki-mania, pu pu platters, disco music, and lounge lizards. It also serves as an entertaining sourcebook, with tips throughout for planning theme cocktail parties complete with music, food, and decor suggestions. This fun and affordable gift book is as essential as a cocktail shaker or a 10-speed blender.
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Cocktails are making a comeback in a big way and are all the vogue in young, hip circles. Exotic and highly alcoholic they are the perfect choice to get parties off to a swinging start. From Samoan Fog Cutters to Bahama mamas, Fuzzy Navels and Tootsie Rolls, the eclectic names cover a vast range of different types - creamy, sweet, tart or dry, virulently coloured or subtly sophisticated.. And very strong! This guide to the world of cocktails has an attractive retro feel and appearance, nostalgic of the last cocktail renaissance in the 60s and 70s. Practical, amusing and containing anecdotes and history on cocktail origins, it is sure to inspire many impromptu cocktail evenings. - Lucy Watson

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