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SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks

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SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology.

You'll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer's cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.

Along the way, you'll also find some shockingly tast
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Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Palmyran Rebels (first published January 1st 2012)
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Erika the lesser known Bronte
Well, it's definitely a niche market. I guess the best I can say is that it is decently written and easy to read, probably well researched. But as far as entertainment value, not so much. And as far as usable recipes, well I spent more time thinking how gross all those fermented milk drinks had to be. LOL I admit there were several that I might try...not the milky drinks but some of the others. If you have a slight interest in the Victorian era drinks, then sure. I'll keep it on my bookshelf if ...more
Arietta Bryant
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, cookery
This book was great value and is a must for any would be Victorian bar tenders out there or Steam Punk fans who want to delve a little deeper into that world.

Most the recipes are accessible and the average joe could make them at home without any special equipment although some of them sound pretty disgusting so I'm not sure if you would want to bother :/

The books style is jovial, tongue in cheek but informative and is an enjoyable read even if you never make any of the drinks.
Damona
Strangely fascinating. Some of these recipes sound delightful, some of them made my eyebrows shoot up as I muttered,"People would actually DRINK that??" I may even try a few at the next party we have. (the Cherry Bounce sounds delicious!)
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was my style.

A drinking book centered with a steampunk theme, and this book had some (allegedly) legit Victorian booze recipes along with more modern day versions of them.

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Sara W
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have not made any of the recipes in this book (and really don't plan to), but I pretty much read it cover to cover because it's so laugh out loud funny in a lot of sections (with many historical themed jokes - don't see that very often!).
Kara
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Oh dear God in His heaven, this was both revolting and hilarious!

Most of these drinks have an ingredients list that starts with sugar, eggs, lemons, room temperature whole milk and cheesecloth. Are we making cocktails or are we making cheesecake? This really shouldn’t be a question that ever comes up.

The book lists authentic 19th century recipes, followed by modified versions that have less risk of food poisoning. The recipes are quite revealing in that Victorians appear to a) have used alcohol
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Stella
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, tea
Witty writing. Informative. Some of the period recipes sound repulsive, others sound actually pretty good. Gets a little repetitive in places and could use some pictures...either photos of the drinks, or some black-and-white steampunk doodles of tea cups, punch bowls, etc. I doubt I'll ever make any of these, but it was fun to read.
Lucas
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this with a morbid kind of fascination. I would NOT want to try even one of these drinks, but I really enjoyed the way they were described as well as some of the more... eye-opening pointers about former times.
Jenna Lyday
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
What I was hoping was to find drink recipes that were made a.) before people had to get crazy trying to be more creative than the last 100 years of mixology and b.) recipes made before artificially flavored vodka. So far, it seems to be shaping up to be just that with a dash of humor for spice. "Grind those nuts like the souls of your indentured servants." It's a step in the first recipe. Enjoy.
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Okay, so I just finished reading this, which is saying something, since it's essentially a cookb
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Jyllian Martini
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A recipe book that makes you think and chuckle--yes anything by Alton Brown. A recipe book that might make you gag just a bit (milk punches? ew) and laugh loudly--yes SteamDrunks. I appreciate the authenticity of the recipes --being someone who had a few degrees in English Lit, but I also appreciate the modern alternatives. Why? because I also have parties and don't want to poison my guest but might want to give them a taste of the Victorian era (just not the food poisoning that was probably com ...more
Gail
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you picked this up to begin with you'll probably find a healthy list of things you want to try, and the commentary is both delightfully snarky and on point. Want to get a crowd drunk? Make something appallingly authentic (Louis Pasteur's ghost is shuddering over the milk punches)? Just enjoy a new cocktail with some historical context? Then this is worth checking out. And if anyone ever tells you how straitlaced the Victorians were, let them know that a proper ladies lemonade from that era co ...more
Symmonz
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most entertaining recipe book of all time

I ended up reading this cover to cover just out of sheer entertainment. I actually laughed out loud so many times I lost count. Almost each page has something either humorous or deprecating about the drink. The author freely admits that several of these recipes - while period correct - are disgusting and should be skipped. It's worth getting just to have an amusing evening.
Maya
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious read. The authors have a tongue in cheek sarcasm that is much appreciated, especially with the curdled milk punches and egg drinks. A lot of the Victorian versions sound disgusting, plus they are in massive quantities so the addition of modern versions after some of them is greatly appreciated. The idea of reading a cocktail book instead of only using it as a lookup reference might seem odd. Read it anyway - cover to cover.
Kelley
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, cookbook
I can honestly say that never has a cookbook had me laughing so hard. I ended up reading some of the recipes to friends friends so I could share the laughter. I think my favorite is The Loyal Legion Punch.
Brianna
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Historically hilarious recipes

I liked the style in which this was written. Some of the recipes are terrible, but the author knows it and offers modern takes on Victorian cocktails. A nice book for the shelf of any steam fan with a love of bartending and/or booze.
Marjorie
This was a hilarious book. I don't drink, but I thought that the recipes in here were great and hilarious. Some of those Victorians, man... they were pretty hardcore. I recommend this book if you like anything having to do with the Victorian Era or Steampunk.
Toni
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it


Interesting ideas, most of them anyway. I'll post when we test some.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
Such a fun read and so informative. I downloaded it for the Kindle App on my laptop and it was a great format. I think I will purchase a physical copy. It is totally worth it.
Ellen
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Hilarious!
Jenna
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was hoping to find something new to try but nothing was appealing and all made in absurd quantities.
May
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookery, kindle, steampunk
Hilarious text, interesting recipes.
Elizabeth
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hysterically funny, even for this non-drinker. A great recommendation from my friend Hannah.
Sean
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is food porn at it's finest.
A.J.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Haven't tried any recipes yet (we're thinking a tasting for the release of BioShock Infinite), but the descriptions of how to make the drinks are worth reading through even while sober! Hilarious.
Lauren
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
steampunk cocktails

Super fun and interesting. A lot of the recipes are really good and easy to make. Perfect for a little flair to a party
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