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How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Offering exquisite cocktails and unsound advice, How to Booze by Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier pairs the perfect cocktail with unfailingly entertaining advice for all of life’s most alcohol-inducing moments. Much more than just a guide to mixology, How to Booze is a hilarious and remarkably prescient, if somewhat degenerate, guide to life—or at least that part of life ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Harper Perennial (first published April 29th 2010)
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paula
This one went with me everywhere until I finished it - in my pocketbook, to dismissal time at the elementary school, along for the ride any time my husband was driving, and most importantly, to the liquor store to buy new bottles of dark rum, gin, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and absinthe (I already had the Lillet Blanc and the elderflower liqueur).

Now we live in a heaven of Friday afternoon cocktails, interesting, complex, delicious things like the rum daisy, the Sazerac, and the Perfect Manha
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Thomas
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very humorous and irreverent, but with lots of useful tips and recipes for a lot of tasty cocktails. Kate gives some interesting historical notes and some truly bad life advice; bad, but tastelessly funny. Cheers. Check it out.
Jean V. Naggar Literary
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“This book’s gimmick—half bartender’s guide, half advice column—is a good one, and reading it is like getting a talking-to from a bartender who’s seen it all. Not only does he know that people never change, he also has no vested interest in getting you to stop drinking, either. He is good, however, at helping you find the right drink in which to drown your sorrows. Kaye, a lawyer who has worked as a bartender and sommelier, and Altier, a bartender and drinks consultant, keep the patter snappy as ...more
Cindy
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I recently saw Jordan Kaye at a book festival where he demonstrated making a few of the cocktails from his book (one of which I got to taste test--yum!); he was both personable and funny, and mentioned that he was married with children (I think he said "two."). But I found the book to be more of a statement about the authors' distress over having to grow up than a useful, amusing advisory on matching cocktails with common social situations.

The book is subtitled: Exquisite Cocktails & Unsoun
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Lindsey
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fun and entertaining. Their "advice" is wonderfully tongue-in-cheek and smart-assed. The authors are funny and engaging, and, more importantly, the drinks sound fantastic. They include recipes for a number of traditional and nontraditional drinks, and discuss the different natures and tastes of the most common spirits, aperitifs and bitters. Their discussions are probably the most useful, since if you're not familiar with something in their, it explains the item to you and gives you a ...more
Anna
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-in-2011, 2011
I'm going to need to add a line to my budget for booze in order to properly stock my bar if I'm going to have many of these.

This is a fun, if slightly depressing read. Highly recommended if you are looking for boozing ideas.
Knowaczark
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun, informative, and just right to wet the appetite.
Pirate Nurse
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hilarity, spiritual
not sure i would ever try some of the cocktails, due to the rarity of ingredients and my current location (Puritan Pennsylvania), but i laughed aloud almost on every page. brilliantly written.
Lauren
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
"We realize that living more fully means simply embracing the evening, with all its charms and flaws."

I enjoyed this book well enough, but it really was filled with terrible advice.
Niki Ganong
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wry and cheeky look at the proper sip for any of life's situations. Be it a cup of courage or a celebratory shot, Kaye's got you covered.
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