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Red, White and Bourbon

Toast tradition with this ultimate guide to American cocktails, featuring over fifty classic and contemporary drink recipes from across the U.S.

From the West Coast to the South to the Northeast, the best concoctions from the country's top bartenders are presented with a twist: Each recipe includes its unique history and background on its star ingredient. At last--the art of the cocktail meets your minibar. Printed in China.

Here's a taste from the South:

Seelbach Cocktail

Kentucky is home to the world's finest bourbons, and, as such, is naturally the source of inspiration for many of the most beloved whiskey-based cocktails. Named after the famous hotel in Louisville, this classic cocktail remains as popular today as it was back in the early twentieth century. The Seelbach fortifies a backbone of bourbon with a touch of Cointreau, two types of bitters, and a splash of sparkling wine for a sophisticated sipper that will transport you to a more genteel time and place.

Serves 1:

- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 7 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 7 dashes of Peychaud's bitters
- Ice cubes
- 4 to 5 ounces Champagne or other sparkling wine

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: flute
Garnish: lemon twist

Combine the bourbon, Cointreau, and Angostura and Peychaud's bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until chilled. Strain into a flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with the lemon twist.

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Great gift and Neat setup


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      Comments about AMERICAN COCKTAIL:

      Just think that it will be fun for them to plan parties around a theme. Great book to look through and had drinks I had never heard of. Great photos and recipes.

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      Great for the Cocktail Connoissuer


      from Chciago, IL

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      • Attractive design
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      Comments about AMERICAN COCKTAIL:

      I was very impressed with this cocktail recipe book. "The American Cocktail" is split up into five different regions of the United States: the South, the Northeast, the Midwest, the West, and the West Coast. In addition to these regions, they also have a "Cocktail Basics" section in the very beginning. At the beginning of each "region section", you get a brief description of the flavors and drinks that are common to that region.
      Just to give you a better idea, here are some of the unique regional drinks:
      South- "Pig on the Porch" (bacon bourbon and ginger ale, garnished with candied bacon)
      Northeast- "Boston Bog" (cranberries, Jamaica rum, apricot liqueur, ginger syrup, lemon juice)
      Midwest- "Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Punch" (cloves, allspice berries, ginger root, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, bourbon)
      West- "Agave Way" (fresh green chile, black grapes, lime juice, agave syrup, tequila)
      West Coast- "Stumptown Vanilla Flip" (vanilla liqueur, espresso, orange liqueur)

      There are also more "standard" drink recipes, such as Old Fashioned, Martini, and Margarita, though all offer their own unique "twist."

      This is a wonderful gift to anyone who likes to experiment with new flavors, and appreciates a well-made drink!

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      Mkes a great gift!


      from charleston SC

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      • Easy to read
      • Great drink ideas
      • Great Photos
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        Comments about AMERICAN COCKTAIL:

        I was really pleased when this item arrived because I got it as a gift for my boyfriends parents, who enjoy mixing specialty drinks and entertaining. It's a great size (not too large), has really nice looking photos and the recipes are easy to read. It's a hard cover book and has great presentation as a gift.

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        Good gift for a housewarming or first-time apartment living.

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        Nice to have on hand at home for parties and such. Would be a nice housewarming gift with a bottle for social drinkers.

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        We own a liquor/gift store and even though there are dozens of drink guide books out there, we think this one may be priced for quick sales. The history included is interesting.

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        How many cocktail books does the world need?

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        Fun housewarming gift!

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        Not uncommon

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        I don't get it......there are dozens of these books at Barnes

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        Great housewarming/hostess gift.

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        Great gift idea and the price is right.

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        Maybe OK for a gift, but unless this book features new drink combinations, it's probably a "been there done that" item.

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        Mixologists will enjoy! Looks different than all the other cocktail how-tos out there.Sad, however, that a book on the AMERICAN coctail was sent to CHINA to print.

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        Changed my vote to Thumbs Down when I saw the AMERICAN coctail book was from CHINA. Seriously!?! I would have jumped on it had it made in THE USA

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        I like this item but, I agree with Annie about it being made in China. The idea is a good one.

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        Printed in China (but designed elsewhere) Are there no more printing presses in the US?

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        a good hostess gift

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        I don't need a book printed in China about American drinks.

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        Good for housewarmings, engagements, or wedding showers!

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        If "American" is in the title ... it should be printed In the USA.

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        Chinese made about American drinks...No.

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        I have to agree with the comments about made in China.

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        made in the USA yes, made in china NO WAY!

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        Great gift idea for a bartender or friend who like to make drinks for company or parties.

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        Thanks for all of your feedback on this potential new good! We love that you're interested in the concept of this book. We want to take a moment to address the comments regarding printing in China. We do offer a wide assortment of items from all over the world, and we work to make sure we note where each product is made on our site. We work hard to provide the best quality items, and we don't discriminate against products made in China or any other country. As responsible retailers, making sure that our vendors meet safety regulations and treat their employees fairly is important to us.

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        Nice gifts for special occasions (housewarming, wedding gift, etc.). I understand people are mad that is made in China, but it can be hard to avoid things being made outside the U.S., so if I really wanted it, I would buy it.


        Can't I get most of these recipes online? Maybe if I drank more often...

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        Agreed, I try not purchase anything made in China...Also - I think it might be too pricey for what it offers and esp. for being China made.

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        Yum. Bacon

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        Though these recipes can probably all be found online, I think what made me like this is that it includes the history behind the drinks.

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        Cute idea, don't like made in China

        Grandma B
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        Nope ... heading for an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

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        "The American Cocktail"

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        I'd be interested to know and try special cocktails from around the country,

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        I like to know the background to recipes, so would enjoy this and would spend $20.

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        Intriguing 21st birthday present....




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