The Joy Of Mixology
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ibsn13: 9780451499028

Everything you need to know about mixing cocktails.

Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails… Cocktails, Everybody!

My buddy who’s a bartender recommended this to me when I expressed interest in learning how to mix cocktails. It’s got a bunch of good cocktail recipes and historical context for most of them (if you’re into that kind of thing).

Interestingly, in the first few pages, Gary describes bartenders as being “Ganymedes”, a young boy (remember this) who is the immortal cupbearer of Olympus in Greek mythology. This comparison is one you would probably avoid after reading Robert Graves’s take on Ganymedes.

Robert posits that Ganymedes was a character created by the Greeks/Romans much later on and “retconned” back into the mythology to legitimize their rampant pederasty. Have fun with that information.