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From the Hanky Panky to the Salem Smash, a nostalgic, romantic and witty LBB guide to the cocktails of decades and centuries past, much overdue for a comeback.; This book profiles dozens of cocktails from a wide array of eras, from ancient times through the 1960s, that are due to be revisited, as well as a few that are perhaps best left in the closet (unless you are the extremely adventurous type). Extensive sidebars on the history of the cocktail pop up throughout.; Lesley has dug up the very best recipes and stories from alcohol's history. She unveils the anecdotes behind many drinks and offers suggestions of occasions on which to try particular libations.; Gifty and nostalgic this book has a definite place in the current market.

About the Author

Lesley M.M. Blume is an author, journalist, editor, cultural observer and bon vivant based in NYC. She is the author of three critically-acclaimed children's novels, a frequent contributor to publication from Slate to Vogue, the contributing Style section editor at The Huffington Post, where her columns are often top-five destination features for the entire site. Now writing full-time Blume covers culture, politics and fashion (and sometimes the thorny politics of fashion).


Lets Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition is such good reading--it's a mix of cocktail lore, recipes, anecdotes, and quotations-that I think even a teetotaler would enjoy it.
- The Paris Review
it's a really cute book with nice illustrations and a good sense of humor all the way around. It should make a good gift book this year.
B+ . A fun book for those looking to hearken back to the days before molecular mixology.
-Good Spirits News
Get tipsy together on bygone cocktails as you remember the year just past.
- Vanity Fair
Holiday Gift Guide Pick [a] charming trip into the libations and drunken lore of yesteryear.
The Daily Beast
Holiday Gift Guide Pick With this much festivity to pour over ice, who needs mistletoe?
-New York Times
If you're gifting a drinker, not an eater (and one with a sense of humor to boot), we suggest this little tome, subtitled A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras. Occasionally appalling? Sounds like fun to us.
Most books on vintage cocktails stick to the tried-and-true classics, but a new one fights for the underdog. The delightfully named Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras by Lesley M. M. Blume is a humorous, illustrated book that lists recipes for lesser-known vintage drinks like the Laughing Soup, Gloom Lifter, and Battery Charger.
This amusing book by Lesley M. M. Blume is the perfect conversation starter for your holiday party. With more than 100 classic and humorous vintage drink recipes, such as 'Ants in the Pants' and 'Green-Eyed Monster, ' Blume's history of cocktails and bars will have you laughing out loud as you mix.
-Good Housekeeping

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