Surviving the Second Depression


Recently the television has been yelling at us about the prospect of a second Great Depression. We believe it’s being silly and hysterical as usual, but it’s true that we’re in for some tough economic times, and tough times require expertly dispensed drinks. We mean advice! And drinks. For example: which cocktails should you mix to celebrate when the Dow straggles upward, cruelly raising everybody’s hopes, and which should you drink to blur the pain when it plummets back down? When the economy is on the rocks, should your whiskey be also? Or should you drink it down neat and take no thought for the morrow?

For answers to these and other burning questions we recommend American Bar, by professional bartender Charles Schumann. Called “the drink mixer’s bible” by The New York Times when Abbeville first published it in 1995, it has lost none of its authority or charm in the intervening years. It includes not only drink recipes (over 500 of them, listed alphabetically), but also a history of all the major brands of cocktail ingredients; a guide to bar equipment, measurements, and terms; and best of all, hundreds of 1930’s-style line drawings of the thoroughly endearing kind you see pictured. We’re doing the Lindy Hop just looking at them.

*Pop* Wheeee! Bottoms up, everybody! Remember, our ancestors weren’t as fortunate as we are: alcohol was prohibited for the first several years of Depression Number One. Not that it wasn’t consumed; it was just mixed in bathtubs along with ingredients like bear oil and Tallahassee Lightnin’. We can do better than that this time around, thanks to the indomitable American spirit and American Bar. You can thank us later for bailing you out of your sorrows.

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