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An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails: 50 Classic Cocktail Recipes, Tips and Tales — Orr Shtuhl and Elizabeth Graeber

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With a dedication of "To all cocktail drinkers, from the sage imbiber to the budding enthusiast", how can you resist An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails: 50 Classic Cocktail Recipes, Tips and Tales?

The classic cocktail is made up of three parts, something strong, something sweet and something bitter. Shaken or stirred, on the rocks or straight up, every cocktail has a unique history. An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails showcases the often romantic origin of classic and modern mixed drinks and the fascinating characters who made them famous.

The drink recipes include favorite classics, such as the Old-Fashioned, the White Russian, and the Sidecar, alongside forgotten standards such as the Blood and Sand. Written by Orr Shtuhl (see About the Author below), each page is beautifully illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber (of Pie - A Hand Drawn Almanac fame) and filled with not only killer recipes, but tricks of the trade like "How to Like Tequila" and "How to Buy Bar Equipment".

In addition to mixing tips and techniques, An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails brings the marvels of mixology to every home bartender and is a must the next time you crave a mint julep on the veranda or need a Vesper before sitting down to view Casino Royale with Daniel Craig as Bond, James Bond.

Think An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails is pretty cool? Love pie? Then you have to check out Pie: An Hand-Drawn Almanac. Both have very tasty offerings and delightful illustrations. And those illustrations were done by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Graeber, who also did wonderful illustration Pretty Things & Cool Stuff!


  • Condition: New. Glued binding.
  • Edition: Hardback. First Edition - Published May 7, 2013
  • Publisher: Gotham / New York
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407958
  • ISBN-10 1592407951
  • Pages: 176
  • Rating:★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • Former speakeasy operator Orr Shtuhl is a writer and drinker (not always in that order) who penned the Beerspotter columnist for the Washington City Paper for three years. His work has also been featured on NPR and in major daily newspapers. He lives in Brooklyn.
  • Elizabeth Graeber’s illustrations have appeared in a variety of publications, and in 2012 the Washington City Paper named her Washington D.C.’s best local illustrator.