A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops
Oxford University Press | 2011 | Hardcover

In America Walks into a Bar, Christine Sismondo recounts the rich and fascinating history of an institution often reviled, yet always central to American life.

She traces the tavern from England to New England, showing how even the Puritans valued "a good Beere." With fast-paced narration and lively characters, she carries the story through the twentieth century and beyond, from repeated struggles over licensing and Sunday liquor sales, from the Whiskey Rebellion to the temperance movement, from attempts to ban "treating" to Prohibition and repeal.

As the cockpit of organized crime, politics, and everyday social life, the bar has remained vital--and controversial--down to the present.







A Shaken and Stirred History
McArthur & Co | 2005 | Hardcover

Part travelogue, part instruction manual, part bar philosophy, part discursive history, Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History fits into a larger genre than your average bartending book. It is a whimsical examination of the drinks that have captured our imagination and have symbolically identified certain areas and people all over the world.

Mondo Cocktail gives a careful anatomy of 12 classic cocktails and their origins, and teaches the reader far more than the proper method of making these concoctions. The book gives the reader all the requisite knowledge they will need for opening cocktail party conversation about the history of libation and its cultural importance, not to mention fun and entertaining trivia such as where and how Ernest Hemingway drank his Daiquiri; Abraham Lincoln''s sordid part as a bourbon distiller; Kentucky and the Mint Julep; the Cuba Libre; the birth of the FDA as a precursor to Prohibition; the only recipe Jackie Kennedy pinned up in the White House kitchen; the world'’s first cocktail; the world''s most expensive cocktail, and much more!


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