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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

* DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH: Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink (Dieterle)

GIVE ME LIBERTY AND GIVE ME A DRINK; 65 cocktails to protest America's most outlandish alcohol laws (Artisan, 2020, 168 pages, ISBN 978-1-57965-968-4 $22.95 hardbound) is by C. Jarrett Dieterle, a drinks writer who has reported on spirits, booze history, and questionable regulations for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, et al. He's the editor-in-chief of He exploits some of the most outdated, bizarre and loony laws regarding alcohol consumption in the USA. Such things as $1 margaritas in New Mexico (they're illegal). Utah cocktails are mixed behind a barrier called "Zion curtain". Happy Hour was banned in Massachusetts in 1984. All of this trivia is combined with 65 preps for innovative cocktails. For example, the mezcal-based One Pint, Two Pint has been inspired by Vermont's ban on beer pitchers. Or The Boiling Point as a beer cocktail that is illegal in Virginia. At the end he has lists of even more restrictions, plus some resources for finding greater details. My own personal fave is the Lukewarm Lawmaking (a gin rickey).

Audience and level of use: those looking for something new

Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: see above

The downside to this book: too short

The upside to this book: a very good collection of deviance from the law on alcohol.

Quality/Price Rating: 92


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