Shake ‘Em Up!
A Practical Handbook of Polite Drinking
An essential addition to the library of any cocktailian, entertainer, nostalgic, or anyone who just likes to relax with a cold beverage, Shake ‘Em Up! delivers all the joy of a Jazz Age cocktail party, without the fear of temperance officers knocking down your door.
As the authors say: Shake ’Em Up! is “for People Who Fling Parties, People Who Go to Parties . . . People Who Don’t Really Drink but Feel That a Cocktail or Two Enlivens Conversation?in short, for the American People,” and that’s as true today as it was upon the book’s original publication in 1930. Virginia Elliott and Phil D. Stong created a handbook for polite?if not entirely legal?drinking during the height of Prohibition, and the advice remains sound, the voice charming, and the cocktails strong. Need ideas as to how to catch up with your already inebriated guests, or guidance on what to do when said guests end up a little too inebriated? Shake ’Em Up! will point you in the right direction. Whether you’re looking for the proper way to mix a Brandy Punch, what you ought to serve alongside a Bijou Cocktail, or a dependable hangover cure, Elliott and Stong have you covered. With a lively introduction from bestselling author Amy Stewart (The Drunken Botanist), this fully illustrated time capsule will inspire with buzzy cocktails and recipes from another era, making it the perfect gift for the hosts and entertainers of today.
This witty drinking guide, originally published in 1930, is packed with cocktail recipes and contrarian advice.
—the New York Times
It is hilarious and unpretentious, and I’m talking laugh-out-loud hilarious here, people. . . . the introductions to the drinks, and the descriptions of the dinner party experience, that really make the day.
A delightful cocktail book that perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the Prohibition Era.