Want to try a Shady Lady? How about a Gin & Sin? Or maybe a Frisco Sour? During the Prohibition Era, the only way to get your hands on one of these potent potables was with a password that allowed you to enter the festive speakeasies that served up cocktails such as these. Today, all you need is Philip Collins' Classic Cocktails of the Prohibition Era (General Publishing Group). By following any of the book's 100 recipes and serving suggestions, you can bring back the fun, frolic and elegance of the Roaring '20s. When you present friends and colleagues with a Lounge Lizard, a Derby Daiquiri or a Whiskey Swizzle, you'll also be handing them a piece of history.
The soft-cover Classic Cocktails also serves up 100 sumptuous photographs that evoke the speakeasy mystique and feature memorabilia of the bygone era. Even if you haven't mastered the art of mixing drinks, this handsome homage to a notorious era will be a tasty addition to your coffee table.