December 4: “Cocktail Noir” by author Scott Deitche book signing
Author Scott Deitche will sign copies of his book, Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets on Friday, December 4, 1-5 p.m. as part of The Mob Museum’s Repeal Day activities.
Catering to lovers of the well-written word and the well-mixed drink, Cocktail Noir is a lively look at the intertwining of alcohol and the underworld—represented by authors of crime both true and fictional and their glamorously disreputable characters, as well as by real life gangsters who built Prohibition-era empires on bootlegged booze. It celebrates the potent potables they imbibed and the watering holes they frequented, including some bars that continue to provide a second home for crime writers. Highlighting the favorite drinks of Noir scribes, the book includes recipes for cocktails such as the Gimlet described in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, the Mojito Mulatta T.J. English drank while writing Havana Nocturne and the Dirty Martini favored by Mob chronicler Christian Cippolini. Cocktail Noir also lets us in on the drinking habits of notorious organized crime figures, revealing Al Capone’s taste for Templeton Rye, Meyer Lansky’s preference for Dewar’s Scotch and Gambino crime family hit man Charles Carneglia’s habit of guzzling Cutty Sark. With black and white illustrations throughout, Cocktail Noir is as stylish and irreverent as the drinks, often larger-than-life figures and culture it explores.
Deitche’s favorite cocktail is the Negroni.
Scott M. Deitche is the author of five books and on organized crime, including Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld and The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficante Jr. He has also written dozens of articles for local and national magazines and newspapers, including the regular column Scott Deitche’s Libation Lounge for Cigar City Magazine, a column devoted to spirits and unusual cocktails. Deitche has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, and both national and local news and radio shows.