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School of Sophisticated Drinking

An Intoxicating History of Seven Spirits

by (author) Kersten Ehmer & Beate Hindermann

foreword by Kevin Brauch

Publisher
Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Category
Wine & Spirits, History
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771641203
    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
    $18.95

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“A very entertaining book that deserves a leather armchair, a fine cigar, and a double measure of cognac. ” – Gaz Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology

 

A detailed and insightful look into the development and sometimes comical past of the world of cocktail recipes and their stories.” —Frankie Solarik, co-owner, Barchef Toronto and author of The Bar Chef

 

The School of Sophisticated Drinking traces the deep-seated lineage of drinking in the social, political, and even scientific developments of our culture. Inspired by an ongoing series of lectures at Berlin’s legendary cocktail den, the Victoria Bar, each chapter delves into the sociopolitical significance of and technological innovations behind a familiar wine or spirit—brandy, vodka, whisky, rum, gin, tequila, and champagne—and shares plenty of tales of adventure, from the glamour of Hollywood and Broadway to the tormented worlds of well-known writers, to the outbreak of wars and the unending struggle for economic and military power. Whether you’re an expert drinker or a novice barfly, it’ll give you plenty to contemplate inside your glass.

About the authors

Kerstin Ehmer is a cofounder the Victoria Bar in Berlin and part of the team that began the legendary lecture series there known as The School of Sophisticated Drinking. A former photojournalist and writer, Ehmer now curates an annual exhibition at the Victoria Bar, manages its art collection, and handles public relations.

Kersten Ehmer's profile page

Beate Hindermann is a cofounder the Victoria Bar in Berlin and part of the team that began the legendary lecture series there known as The School of Sophisticated Drinking. Hindermann has distinguished herself in the bartending world, not only at the Victoria Bar but also writing for Mixology, jurying cocktail competitions, and as an explorer of worldwide bar and alcohol cultures.

Beate Hindermann's profile page

Kevin Brauch is a celebrity bartender, host of The Thirsty Traveler and floor reporter on Iron Chef America.

Kevin Brauch's profile page

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