October 26, 2013

Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide

under-the-table-dorothy-parker-cocktail.jpgThis past week we were sent a copy of Under The Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide for review, and we've finally had some time to take a look through it (and whip up a few of the cocktails inside the pages). The book was written by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, the "founder and president of the Dorothy Parker Society," and the author of another book about Parker. The foreword is by Allen Katz, founder of the distilling company that makes Dorothy Parker American Gin (we'd link but their website appears to be down). We can only assume these two gentlemen know a lot more about old Dot than we ever will, so we probably don't need to comment on that part of the book.

What really interested us was the the glimpse into the cocktail culture of Dorothy's time period. The book contains 75 recipes from the Jazz Age/Speakeasy era, and offers some fascinating insight on everything from Manhattans to bathtub gin. There are also modern takes on some of the cocktails of that age from modern mixers as well. Basically, if you want to have a flapper party, or are just interested in that era of the cocktail, this is the book for you.

Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide

From the Publisher:

A bar book for Parker enthusiasts and literary tipplers alike, Under the Table offers a unique take on Parker, the infamous Algonquin Round Table, and the Jazz Age by profiling and celebrating the drinks that she, her bitter friends, and sweetest enemies enjoyed and discussed. Each entry of this delicious compendium offers a fascinating and lively background of a period cocktail, its ingredients, and the characters associated with it.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 26, 2013 8:01 AM
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