April 13, 2010

The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto

the_hour.jpgIf the Internet had existed in the 1940s, we imagine Bernard DeVoto would have had a very successful liquor blog. You know what we mean - the kind of blog you're so devoted to that you subscribe to its RSS and fan it on Facebook - and we would have frequented it on the regular. Don't believe us? Then perhaps you don't believe in The Hour - that holiest of holy moments when you get your first drink of the day.

One part celebration, one part history, two parts manifesto, Bernard DeVoto's The Hour is a comic and unequivocal treatise on how - and why - we drink properly. The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner turns his shrewd wit on the spirits and attitudes that cause his stomach to turn and his eyes to roll (Warning: this book is NOT for rum drinkers). DeVoto instructs his readers on how to drink like gentlemen and sheds new light on the simple joys of the cocktail hour. Daniel Handler's introduction to this re-issue of the 1950s classic provides a humorous framework for the modern reader.
Pick up the reissued The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto at Amazon, and help yourself to a nice little glass of history.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 13, 2010 2:53 PM
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