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The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion [Hardcover]

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Better Living Through Alcohol

Didn’t think it was possible? Think again! The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion features 151 new and classic cocktails designed to complement every situation imaginable . . . and then some. Whether you’re getting married, going to prison, trying to lose weight, hoping to impress your coworkers, or watching your favorite James Bond flick, we’ve got your (gl)ass covered. Discover the perfect drink to

     • relieve your cold (page 34)
     • impress Julia Roberts (page 62)
     • erase the memory of your own name (page 95)
     • serve on the Fourth of July (page 117)
     • order at a Star Trek convention (page 158)
     • and much, much more!

Complete with recipes for White Russians, French Martinis, Gin Rickeys, Harvey Wallbangers, Margaritas, Eggnog, and 145 other favorites, The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion is comprehensive enough to be the only bar book you’ll ever need.
“Top-notch suggestions and recipes along with history lessons, tips and drinking-game ideas. Just remember to read responsibly.”—American Way Inflight Magazine
When he’s not mixing cocktails, Duane Swierczynski indulges plenty of other vices. He's written several crime thrillers, including Expiration Date and Severance Package, most of which have been optioned for TV or film. He’s also written for Marvel Comics and collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on a series of best-selling “digi-novel” thrillers including Level 26: Dark Origins and Dark Prophecy. His most recent novel is Fun & Games, the first in a trilogy of thrillers. He and his family live in Philadelphia. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter, @swierczy.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.8" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2003
Publisher   Quirk Books
ISBN  1931686297  
ISBN13  9781931686297  
UPC  082345362975  

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More About Duane Swierczynski

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Duane Swierczynski is editor-in-chief of the "Philadelphia City Paper," A receipt for "This Here's a Stick-Up," Duane's nonfiction book on American bank robbery, was found in the getaway car of a San Francisco bandit who'd hit at least thirty California banks. Duane lives in Philadelphia. Visit his Web site at

Duane Swierczynski currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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1Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Drinks & Beverages > Bartending
2Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Drinks & Beverages > Spirits
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion?

Pretty interesting  Nov 4, 2007
Great drinks, great sets ups and funny scenarios. The book is very descriptive and helpful. It gives good instructions and also gives options for substitute ingredients if you don't have everything you need. The "what not to do" hints are a great addition. Some drinks are a little outlandish, but it's overall pretty interesting. Definitely stands out from the rest of the drink/bartending books on my shelf.
A fun look through and some cute ideas  Jul 8, 2007
I got this book to build up my collection of drink books in the quest to be the best bartender ever!!! And the drinks are great and each one is designated to some occasion whether it be something really silly or the perfect drink for your 25th anniversary. I loved this book just to flip through and giggle at some of the pairs.
A pretty cool book for mixology fanciers  Dec 21, 2006
If you're the type of person who orders something different every time you go out, you'll like this. In fact, you'll probably like it even if you tend more towards simply getting a beer every time (like me).

There's some unusual drinks in here, along with some interesting combinations of occasion and beverage. Recommended choices range from the mundane (a dollar draft when you've got a buck and change in your pocket) to the historical (a rum flip during the Revolutionary War) to the utterly odd (the Bullshooter, a hangover remedy involving vodka and beef broth). Situations listed include holidays, life events, people you want to impress, and massive hangovers. The writing is quite amusing and even includes information on what not to drink in a specific situation.
entertaining drink book  Jul 24, 2005
if you ever had a problem coming up with an excuse to drink, this funny book will help you out - plus it doubles as a coaster
Most Entertaining Drinks Book Ever!  Jun 20, 2003
If you're looking for a good, general selection of drinks and cocktails from which to start your home bar -- and be thoroughly entertained in the bargain -- your search is over! You'll find expert mixology for some standard drinks, along with some little known or forgotten cocktails throughout 2oth Century history, up to a few of the latest, trendy drinks. Sprinkled with historical and cultural references, notable quotes, and just plain fun stuff, you'll enjoy more than a few laughs even before you start sampling recipes! The language is sometimes "R-rated", so the easily offended should step lightly.

The recipes in this book are not categorized alphabetically, but by "When You're In The Mood For...", "Special Occasions", "Drinks For Life Events", etc., which makes it supremely useful. There is an alphabetical index, plus an index by main spirit ingredient.

I laughed out loud at several spots; by far the most hilarious and entertaining mixology book I've ever encountered!


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