Review: Book: Jazz Age Cocktails- Cecelia Tichi

Title: Jazz Age Cocktails

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Cecelia Tichi

Publisher: NYU Press

Genre: Cocktails

Page Count: 168 Pages

ISBN:  978-1479810123

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Jazz Age Cocktails: History, Lore, and Recipes from America’s Roaring Twenties (Washington Mews Books): Tichi, Cecelia: Books

Link to Goodreads: Jazz Age Cocktails: History, Lore, and Recipes from America’s Roaring Twenties by Cecelia Tichi | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

How the Prohibition law of 1920 made alcohol, savored in secret, all the more delectable when the cocktail shaker was forced to go “underground”

“Roaring Twenties” America boasted famous firsts: women’s right to vote, jazz music, talking motion pictures, flapper fashions, and wondrous new devices like the safety razor and the electric vacuum cleaner. The privations of the Great War were over, and Wall Street boomed.

The decade opened, nonetheless, with a shock when Prohibition became the law of the land on Friday, January 16, 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment banned “intoxicating liquors.” Decades-long campaigns to demonize alcoholic beverages finally became law, and America officially went “dry.”

American ingenuity promptly rose to its newest challenge. The law, riddled with loopholes, let the 1920s write a new chapter in the nation’s saga of spirits. Men and women spoke knowingly of the speakeasy, the bootlegger, rum-running, black ships, blind pigs, gin mills, and gallon stills. Passwords (“Oscar sent me”) gave entre to night spots and supper clubs where cocktails abounded, and bartenders became alchemists of timely new drinks like the Making Whoopee, the Petting Party, the Dance the Charleston. A new social event–the cocktail party staged in a private home–smashed the gender barrier that had long forbidden “ladies” from entering into the gentlemen-only barrooms and cafes.

From the author of Gilded Age Cocktails, this book takes a delightful new romp through the cocktail creations of the early twentieth century, transporting readers into the glitz and (illicit) glamour of the 1920s. Spirited and richly illustrated, Jazz Age Cocktails dazzles with tales of temptation and temperance, and features charming cocktail recipes from the time to be recreated and enjoyed. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always loved a well mixed cocktail and there is nothing like getting a VIP pass into the classics and who that time period changed to the clubs and drinks that we have today. One of the drinks that was popular at the time was the Martini. How do you drinks yours? Dry or Dirty. Shaken or Stirred. Cocktail Onions or Olives? I loved the names of some of the drinks. Like there was one name the Al Capone and even one called the Tommy Gun. It was very fitting for that time period it was created and served. I enjoyed the history and information that was provided. It was the time of Prohibition and Speakeasies. Where passwords were needed to access a whole underground world. It was filled with mystery and danger. It had to be an exciting time to be alive.

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

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