81 years ago today the repeal of Prohibition in the United States was accomplished with the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution. I for one have appreciated a stiff drink in recent days more than usual. So thank you repeal peeps. A few good things came from our nation’s effort to stop the drinking, and many goods things have come since. To read about both, check out Daniel Okrent’s excellent Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. To read about the good things since, I have two suggestions and both would make great holiday gifts.
Proof: The Science of Booze is Adam Rogers’ amazingly fun, readable look at humans and alcohol. Why do we drink it? How do we make it? What does it do to us? I never imagined I’d find reading about yeast, sugar, fermentation, hangovers, and more so riveting. No really.
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails is Plenty of Ice’s COCKTAIL BOOK OF THE YEAR! It’s a luscious book overflowing with useful information, helpful tips, and — you guessed it — hundreds of great cocktail recipes. I’ve written about this bar in the past though I have yet to visit it. Having some of its greatest drinks and tricks of the trade at your home bar is the next best thing. Or maybe the even better thing. Now Lynn and I owe our readers the best, so rest assured that we suffered through a number of cocktails from this inventive compendium just to be sure we could recommend the book. We can. We can! I salute authors David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, and Alex Day for the indispensable, fantasticness they’ve created. Go buy it for the cocktail lover in your life. She’ll be grateful.
All three of these books are really fun reads. If you do read them or gift them, please come back and give us your take.