Behind Bars: High Class Cocktails Inspired by Low Life Gangsters

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Pairing notorious gangsters and mobsters from movies and television with signature cocktails, this pocket-sized collection of boozy recipes is so much fun, it's criminal.


It's been a century since the prohibition sent Americans scurrying to speakeasies and decades since the movie industry turned mobsters into celebrities. Now the two worlds collide in this highly original collection that creates signature cocktails for gangsters of every stripe. There's Tommy Shelby, who likes his Irish whiskey strong and stiff with just a splash of sweet vermouth and bitters. Billie Frechette mixes gin with honey and lemon, making the drink almost as sweet as her love for John Dillinger. There's also Mia Wallace, who gets a boozy take on a classic milkshake. Famous characters from much-loved recent TV series including The SopranosPeaky Blinders, and Boardwalk Empire are seen alongside iconic roles from classic films such as The GodfatherGoodfellasScarface, and Miller's Crossing. Each character and drink is illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Shawn McManus. Whether you're a budding mixologist or gearing up to watch The Godfather, this handy book provides the perfect blend of slick recipes and popular culture.