Highballs High Heels: A Girls Guide to the Art of Cocktails

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The authors of Atomic Cocktails strike again, this time with a feminine twist. Highballs High Heels combines '50s cocktail party nostalgia with career girl independence. Order up a Bikinitini when you're feeling sassy, get naughty with a cool Gin and Sin, or a Shirley Temple's Evil Twin, for those times when you just want to be left alone. And for girls with "inner" spirit, there's an entire chapter devoted to nonalcoholic drinks. In addition to the 50 fabulous swizzle-stick sensations and an essential essay on women and the art of drinking with style, this guide is also bursting with hip party-planning ideas for cocktail soirées, dinners, and summer bashes, including a how-to section for setting up a swanky bar at home. Highballs High Heels is perfect for any woman longing to release her hidden grrrlll.

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Gideon Bosker is an Oregon based author, photographer, and connoisseur of popular culture whose many books include Freak Show, and Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s.

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The '50s-style cocktail party is back in style, and it's not your father's grumpy, whiskey-sodden affair. In Highballs and High Heels: A Girl's Guide to the Art of Cocktails, the authors of Atomic Cocktails show us just how feminine this nostalgic art form can be. Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker and Reed Darmon demystify the requisite "gadgets and gizmos" (from the cocktail shaker to the lemon zester), cocktail adornment (including the jeweled Turbinado Sugar Rim and the campy swizzle stick) and the hostess-to-die-for look (it's all about "killer heels"). Drink recipes range from now-trendy layered beverages with names like Blonde Bombshell and Stiletto Cocktail, margaritas (Venus Envy and Fallen Angelita) and others that resist easy categorization, like the grenadine-tinged Shirley Temple's Evil Twin or, for suburbanites who need soothing, the Minivan Mom Meltdown Mixer, with vodka, lemonade, Pimm's No. 1 and cucumber slices.

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