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"A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras"

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"It's always five o'clock somewhere," as the old saying goes. And this expression, of course, was as true in the 1770s or 1860s or 1930s as it is today --- and maybe it's all the more fitting right this instant, as we approach the holiday season. On today's show, therefore, we are discussing the histories, traditions, origins, myths, and/or recipes related to various cocktails. (And where does the term "cocktail" come from, by the way?) We are joined by phone by Lesley Blume, a New York-based journalist, writer, and cultural observer who's covered fashion, media, and culture for a variety of publications; Blume's new book is called "Let's Bring Back --- The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras." As a critic for The Paris Review has noted: "[This book] is such good reading --- it's a mix of cocktail lore, recipes, anecdotes, and quotations --- that I think even a teetotaler would enjoy it."

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