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Over the past decade, the popularity of cocktails has returned with gusto. Amateur and professional mixologists alike have set about recovering not just the craft of the cocktail, but also its history, philosophy, and culture. The Shaken and the Stirred features essays written by distillers, bartenders and amateur mixologists, as well as scholars, all examining the so-called 'Cocktail Revival' and cocktail culture. Why has the cocktail returned with such force? Why has the cocktail always acted as a cultural indicator of class, race, sexuality and politics in both the real and the fictional world? Why has the cocktail revival produced a host of professional organizations, blogs, and conferences devoted to examining and reviving both the drinks and habits of these earlier cultures?


Introduction: The Shaken and the Stirred (Stephen Schneider and Craig N. Owens)
Part 1: Muddled Mythologies
1 "The greatest of all the contributions of the American way of life to the salvation of humanity": On the Pre-History of the American Cocktail. (Jonathan Elmer)

2 The Boulevardier: Craft, Industrialism, and the Nostalgic Origin (Antonio Ceraso)
3 A Continued Stream of Fire: Professor Jerry Thomas invents the "Blue Blazer" (Christoph Irmscher)

4 The Sazerac: Ritual, Parody, and New Orleans Cocktails (Joseph Turner)
5 My First Time (Albert W.A. Schmid)

Part 2: Spirits of the Age
6 "They made me feel civilized": The Martini as Modernist Culture (Michael Coyle)
7 At Home with the Postwar Cocktail Party and the Cocktail Dress (Lori Hall-Araujo)
8 Middlebrow Cosmopolitanism and the Post-War Cocktail in Canada (Lisa Sumner)
9 Absolut Psychosis (Craig N. Owens)
10 Joy Perrine and the Bourbon Cocktail's Renaissance (Susan Reigler)

Part 3: Mixed Messages
11 Inventing Margarita: Femininity, Fantasy, and Consumption (Marie Sarita Gaytán)
12 Polynesian Paralysis: Tiki Culture and American Colonialism (Andrew Pilsch)
13 The Irish Car Bomb (and One Other "Disreputable" Cocktail) (Stephen Watt)
14 Bar Trek (William Biferie)
15 The Taming of the Shrub ( Dan Callaway)

Part 4: In A Glass, Darkly
16 The Lingering Louche: Absinthe, the Green Demon of Alternative Modernity (Aaron Jaffe)
17 A Rye Take on the Old Fashioned (Judith Roof)
18 Cocktails that aren't Cocktails for Gentlemen who aren't Men: Recovering the Metaphorical Body of the Fictional Drinker (Michael Lewis)

19 The Manhattan (Edward P. Comentale)
20 The Cold, Gray Dawn of the Morning After: Hangover Cures and the Inevitability of Excess (Stephen Schneider)

Afterword: Confessions of a Cocktail Nerd ( Sonja Kassebaum)
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Published 01 September 2020
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EAN13 9780253052322
Language English
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