Straight Up or On The Rocks
by: William Grimes
North Point Press
Originally published in 1993, this new reprint, by a new publisher is a very welcome entry since the previous edition is very difficult to find.
If you ever had an interest in the historical evolution of the cocktail, then this book is definately one that you want to add to your library. Mr. Grimes has done an amazing amount of research in preparing this book, and it shows in every chapter. Not only is there an amazing amount of detailed information, but it is also presented in a wonderfully readable fashion.
At the end of the book he also includes a section of 103 different cocktail recipes which he feels represents many of the best cocktails that have come through history.