Classic Cocktails: A Modern Shake
A literary guide to classic mixed drinks, riffing on their place in culture, art, film, and literature. Instructions included. For over a decade ... Show synopsis A literary guide to classic mixed drinks, riffing on their place in culture, art, film, and literature. Instructions included. For over a decade Mark Kingwell has been one of Canada's wisest and wittiest commentators on everything from political philosophy to The Simpsons. When he turns his lively mind to the gentlemanly subject of cocktails, he not only mixes the perfect drink, but also tells us where it fits into a wider literary and social world. Loosened perhaps by a few samples of his recipes, it's a joy to follow this elegant writer wherever he may lead us through the spirit world. Kingwell introduces us to all the Collins siblings: Tom, whom we may already know, John, Pedro, Ivan, Mike, Jack, and even Brandy -- all the while regaling us with snippets from Raymond Chandler, Walt Whitman, All About Eve, and Casablanca. It's like sitting in the city's swankiest bar with your most erudite friend and your favourite drink. Add a dash of original art by famed Canadian illustrator Seth and a classic is born.