Title: Cocktails Across America: A Postcard View of Cocktail Culture in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s
Author: Diane Lapis, Anne Peck-Davis
Publisher: Countryman Press 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Perpetual - Nonfiction Adventure; I Love Libraries
The unique cocktail lounges, hotel bars, and other more exotic drinking venues (ice rinks, carousels, and tropical gardens, just to name a few) defined this era of drinking culture and were immortalized in the linen postcards used to advertise them. With over 50 vintage cocktail recipes (including several modern twists), fascinating historical vignettes, and more than 150 pieces of vintage ephemera, you will be transported to an era of unbridled indulgence and distinct glamour.
Such a fun read! I love that this idea came from the discovery of hotel postcards and evolved from there. I am fascinated by the post-war period of pop culture and cocktail culture fits right in there. I devoured each vignette and cocktail recipe. Some I had a bit of information about already, but most were new to me. I even bookmarked a few new-to-me cocktails to try out this winter.
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