Pour One Out: Cocktail Odes to TV’s Most Dearly Departed

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There’s plenty of drinking on television, be it the denizens of Westeros or the staff at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the ladies of Sex & the City or the crew at Paddy’s Pub in Philadelphia. But rarely do we hear about cocktails dedicated to those iconic television characters.

Pour One Out fills a niche I didn’t even realize was empty, offering creative and thoughtful drink options to accompany some of the small screen’s most influential characters. Whether you’re drowning your sorrows with a swig dedicated to a beloved character unfairly cut down in their prime or you’re tossing back a toast to commemorate the glorious demise of a hated villain who tormented your favorite fictional figures, this book has got you covered.

The characters selected for this boozy menu form a VERY contemporary list — including a lot of AMC dramas, some streaming shows, and a few unexpected treats — one that will appeal to any drama fans who have enjoyed the television storytelling renaissance that arose in the wake of The Sopranos. (In fact, I think OZ, Deadwood, and The Sopranos/ are the oldest shows mentioned.)

And as for the cocktails? We get not only their origin stories, but punchy writeups on how each fits the given character and what a first-time imbiber can expect from the tipple.

My one criticism is that the book leans very heavily on the dramas. Although Lil’ Sebastian gets a nod, fans of briefer programs or more comedic fare might feel a bit left out.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Morrow Gift
Publish Date 2019-10-01
ISBN 9780062887122
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Issue November 2019
Category Cooking, Food & Wine


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