Review: SteamDrunks

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks
by Chris-Rachael Oseland
File Size: 246 KB
Print Length: 158 pages
Publisher: Palmyran Rebels (January 19, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

(Barry’s score 1 star out of 5)

Product description:

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology.

You’ll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.

Along the way, you’ll also find some shockingly tasty 19th century recipes made from all natural ingredients you already have at home.

Whether you’re looking for a delicate cocktail to impress a fine corset clad lady or industrial quantities of affordable Victorian punch to serve the entire crew of your airship, you’ll find the perfect Steampunk themed drink inside the pages of SteamDrunks.

My thoughts:

I guess this book fits into the glue gears on it and call it steampunk category. The author doesn’t bother to tell us WHAT a steampunk cocktail is? What sets a steampunk cocktail apart from — a cocktail?

Be honest. You bought this book because you thought it was going to be an endless parade of gin and absinthe, maybe with a little rum thrown in for people who cosplay Airship Sky Pirates. You’ll find those drinks near the end.

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-01-19). SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks (Kindle Locations 43-45). Palmyran Rebels. Kindle Edition.

I suppose that the woman on the cover holding up a glass with a green beverage gave me the impression that absinthe would be covered. Sadly, only 10 absinthe cocktails are mentioned in the book. The author doesn’t even bother to cover the basic method of serving an absinthe cocktail; sugar cube on a slotted spoon creating a louche.

Reasonable people enjoyed the idea that Absinthe let them flirt with danger while also understanding the reality that it tastes like melted licorice stored in gym socks.

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-01-19). SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks (Kindle Locations 1554-1555). Palmyran Rebels. Kindle Edition.

If absinthe is that bad, why give us the recipes for the cocktails at all? I suppose the biggest disappointment with this book would have to be the lack of documentation. In a recipe called Strong Colonial Milk Punch the author says, “It’s allegedly drinkable in six weeks, though considered far better if left to sit for a full six months.”

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-01-19). SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks (Kindle Locations 196-197). Palmyran Rebels. Kindle Edition.

Who says that the beverage is drinkable in six months? Where is the documentation for these “authentic” Victorian recipes? The author says in the introduction that, ” Or, in the case of these recipes, drinks real people can mix in their own kitchens.” How many kitchens just happen to have a cask?

With no documentation of where the author got these recipes, I give this abomination 1 star in 5 and strongly suggest giving this toxic ebook a pass. As for a cocktail, I think that the Borgias would do better.


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