Be honest. You expect this book to be a nonstop parade of gin and absinthe with a couple rum drinks thrown in for people who cosplay Airship Sky Pirates.
Sure, you’ll find plenty of that, but compared to the crazy reality of Victorian drinking culture, your absinthe cocktail is downright boring.
You’re about to embark on a series of improbable adventures with household staples. You’ll find historically authentic punch recipes which could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes that will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.
Along the way, you’ll also find a wealth of shockingly tasty 19th century recipes using all natural ingredients you already have at home.
Whether you’re looking for a delicate cocktail to impress a fine corset clad lady or industrial quantities of affordable Victorian punch to serve the entire crew of your airship, you’ll find the perfect Steampunk themed drink inside the pages of SteamDrunks.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I downloaded this book. I wasn’t familiar with the whole Steampunk genre/subculture, and I thought this book might be just another cocktail book. Not at all! This book was informative and, surprisingly, really, really funny. I’d have to say this is the funniest cookbook I’ve ever read. And I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. The author has an informal writing style that makes this book anything but dry. It just oozes personality. Good job! Last summer, I actually scoured the Internet looking for a recipe to make cherry-infused alcohol of some sort, since I have the harvest of 3 cherry trees to deal with annually. It was difficult to find good information on this subject in context. I made what I now know is Cherry Cordial, Cherry Bounce, and Cherry Brandy. They made great Christmas gifts, and after reading this book, I finally have some recipes on how to use them. Highly recommended.
~I don’t partake of the spirits, so a bartender’s handbook really is not something that I need. It’s not always about needing…as much as wanting. ~I found this to be a fun and interesting read. Not everything that one reads has to be an action-adventure…sometimes a little non-fiction information can add greatly to one’s future reading enjoyment. It gave me a glimpse into the Victorian lifestyle. As for an actual drink mixing guide, it looked straight forward and easy enough to follow. ~This is definitely a must for anyone interested in the Steampunk culture, Victorian history, or specialized bartending.
I got this for my brother for his birthday. Then I flipped through it. I am now reluctant to wrap it until I have either used it for speed-typing practice so I will have all the recipes on my own computer or bought a second copy. The recipes largely seem at first glance to be for medium-sized-guest-list parties, but electric calculators (and smartphones) do division. So does an abacus, but that could be a challenging operation to undertake while drunk on tea.
- Title: SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks
- Autor: Chris-Rachael Oseland
- Publisher (Publication Date): CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1479250872
- ISBN-13: | 978-1479250875
- Download File Format: EPUB, PDF