Am I Too Old To Have a Baby? Some Thoughts from the East and the West

Sometimes we hear that biological clock pounding so loudly that it’s hard to ignore. If you’ve opted to wait for some, Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich, authors of Feed Your Fertility, have have some great insight into some of the concerns that people have.

These days, many women earn graduate degrees, pursue careers, or simply wait for the right partner before settling down to get married and/or have families.

While we’re all for women’s rights, there is one unfortunate hitch in this plan: biology. Realistically, many women in their 40s will have a heck of a time getting pregnant because that’s how most of us are genetically programmed. Painful as it might be, it’s helpful to consider that women who conceive naturally later in life are the exception to the rule—outliers, if you will.

If you are struggling with fertility in your late 30s or 40s, you don’t have a disease. Your body is going through the normal functions associated with your age. Despite the inevitable aging timeline, there are ways via both science and nature to improve your pregnancy odds.


Photo by Nina Matthews courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

What the West Says

The media shows us attractive women in their late 40s happily pushing infant twins in a stroller on the way to the park and presents research indicating that older women will have smarter and healthier babies. What tabloids don’t reveal, however, is how many cycles of IVF failed before a successful pregnancy occurred, how much medication the mother needed to inject and ingest, how many tens of thousands of dollars had been spent, and if these babies were born via donor egg, donor sperm, and/or a gestational carrier to host the pregnancy.

Reproductive medicine can be a miracle of science, but it is an extremely expensive (and often emotionally draining) miracle, yielding lower and lower margins of success with each passing year of age.

That said, we believe that knowledge is power. We recommend that all women over the age of 40 who have been trying for more than three months seek a Western workup with a reproductive endocrinologist to rule out potential obstacles to conception—whether hormonal or structural. It is better to do this at the outset, rather than allowing precious time to go by.

Some conditions (such as fibroid removal) can take several months in the healing process, so determining and treating any issues detracting from your fertility right away may make a big difference in your success.

Genetics and Epigenetics: Why Some “Older” Women Can Conceive and Others Cannot

How long we are able to procreate is different for every person. Just because your best friend’s sister-in-law’s cousin got pregnant at 48 doesn’t mean we all can. Trying to change your genetics around your fertility is as futile as trying to have blue eyes just because someone else does.

What we can influence, however, is epigenetics. Epigenetics is defined as the way our genes express themselves. This emerging field is providing more and more evidence that the things we do, like how we eat, think, and feel, can actually influence the way our genetic predispositions play out. For example, just because you have a family history of breast cancer doesn’t mean you are doomed to develop this disease yourself.

Likewise, while your waning fertility may be a natural part of your genetic programming, you can slow this process a bit and optimize pregnancy outcomes by making smart choices in how you choose to live your life.

Changing your diet, lifestyle habits, self-care routines, and stress levels can go a long way toward turning back the biological clock. Regardless of whether or not you end up having a biological child, these methods will only bring you better health and vitality, which is what you need to be a parent, biological or otherwise.

What the East Says

While Western medicine has very little to offer in terms of turning back your biological clock, Chinese medicine can help to breathe hope and inspiration into the space where your odds seem to decline with each passing month. Chinese medical texts say that pregnancy should be possible from the onset of our first period (menarche) through the very last (menopause).

With that in mind, let’s examine how Chinese medicine can help to optimize fertility through influencing epigenetics well into your later reproductive years.

Depending on a woman’s reproductive profile, Chinese medicine can often dramatically slow down and sometimes even reverse ovarian decline. We have personally assisted many patients with “rebooting” their ovaries, which can increase follicle count, improve responses to fertility drugs, and result in more pregnancies (natural or assisted) and fewer miscarriages.

Having a healthy, regular menstrual cycle is the cornerstone of improving fertility health, and Chinese medicine shines when it comes to this. Using herbs and acupuncture to regulate and support the cycle, women may find themselves ovulating and menstruating more regularly, experiencing less pain and clotting, feeling less PMS, having better cervical fluid at ovulation, and experiencing an improved libido.

Beyond the mere functionality of your reproductive organs and hormones, Chinese medicine can help you to cultivate fertility in your entire being, so that you can approach your baby-making journey from a place of feeling already fulfilled by your life, rather than trying to fill an empty space in your heart with a baby.

Feed Your Fertility

Do you want to make a healthy baby and have a healthy pregnancy?

Are you interested in a holistic approach to fertility?

Do you need to optimize your fertility due to your age or health conditions?

Are you trying to conceive and experiencing challenges?

Very few women and men expect to have trouble when it comes to having a family, and coming up against obstacles can bring about epic levels of stress. Deciding what steps to take can be absolutely baffling.

The good news is that Feed Your Fertility is here to help you. Inside, fertility professionals and authors Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich will guide you on a path to making the nutritional and lifestyle changes you need to help support healthy fertility and pregnancy. Inside you’ll learn:

How your lifestyle may be inhibiting your ability to conceive – and what to do about it

Why popular fertility diets may be leading you down the wrong road

What foods to eat to optimize and nourish your fertility, and how to adopt a real foods diet

How to determine your personal health imbalances that may be interfering with your fertility

How to use Chinese medicine to bring your body into balance and improve your odds of conception

How to streamline your supplements and take only what you really need

Your natural and medical treatment options for common fertility issues

How to navigate the medical fertility world and when to seek help

Get your pregnancy on track the natural, time-tested way and enjoy your journey to motherhood with Feed Your Fertility.


Why Iron is Essential During Pregnancy–And How To Get More of It

If you’re pregnant, you know all about those giant pre-natal vitamins and that you need to make sure that you are getting all of the important nutrients that you need to help you grow a strong healthy baby. Fit For Birth by Suzy Clarkson provides tips for a realistic and balanced pregnancy, including information about some important nutrition aspects.



Brown rice is a plant-based source of iron. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

During pregnancy iron gives protection against anemia and helps the body manufacture all the extra red blood cells you and your baby need. Iron is vital in keeping your blood and immune system healthy.

Iron requirements at least double in pregnancy from the normal recommended dietary intake for women of 18 mg to 30-60 milligrams per day, but iron absorption by the body is a relatively difficult process. Estimates suggest that only about 10-20% of the iron consumed is actually absorbed, hence the need for dramatically increased levels of 100 milligrams or more per day to satisfy the necessary building of blood cells in the mother and fetus.

Iron requirement are even higher in the third trimester, when the baby starts to lay down its own important stores of iron.

It is hard to get the amount of iron you need from food alone, so most pregnant women take an iron supplement. An unfortunate side-effect is that iron supplements can often cause constipation. To help alleviate this, make sure you drink sufficient fluids, including orange juice to help iron absorption.

Prunes or kiwifruit may also provide some relief. Your doctor will also give you information on how to take iron tablets as they are generally better absorbed on an empty stomach.

Taking vitamin C at the same time, either in food or supplement form, can assist with iron uptake by the body, but this is the only vitamin you should be taking at the same time as your iron. Vitamins and minerals in a combination tablet can also hinder iron absorption.

Caffeine (contained in both in tea and coffee) and milk also hinders absorption, so avoid those around the time of taking your tablet. Your iron level should be monitored throughout your pregnancy by your LMC and this is usually checked a around 12 weeks and at 32-34 weeks.

Effects of having too much

In normal people, excess iron is not absorbed. In people who are genetically at risk, excess iron can cause haemochromatosis, with liver damage, cirrhosis, diabetes and abnormal skin pigmentation.

Food sources of dietary iron—two types

Iron from animal-sourced food is called haem iron. This is iron that comes from red meat, chicken or fish, and is easily absorbed and utilized by the body. A rule of thumb: the redder the meat, the higher the iron content. The best sources include:

  • Beef, kidney and liver (although limit liver intake to 100 grams per week, because of the high vitamin A levels, and ensure that it is well cooked, served hot and eaten immediately after cooking)
  • Veal
  • Lamb
  • Chicken or turkey
  • Fish and mussels (these must be fresh, cooked, hot and eaten immediately)

The second type of iron is from plant-sourced foods and is called ‘non-haem’ iron. Good sources of this type of iron include:

  • Whole grain breads and cereals (especially breakfast cereals with iron added)
  • Brewer’s yeast (sprinkled over food)
  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables (peas) and legumes (dried beans), leafy green vegetables, broccoli
  • Dried fruit, nuts (almonds, cashews) and seeds (pumpkin and sesame seeds)

As iron found in plant-sourced foods is not as easily absorbed as the iron found in animal foods, you need to include a food which is high in vitamin C at the same meal to assist in iron absorption. For example, include one of the following at meal times: fruit juice, potatoes, tomatoes, fresh or dried fruit.

Pregnant women who are vegetarian need to take special care with their diet to ensure they have adequate iron intake and more importantly iron absorption. Even if you have not previously been a meat-eater, you may find when you are pregnant this changes and you start to crave red meat. This is a good example of the body’s natural tendency to seek out that which it needs.

If this is not an option, seek advice from local medical professionals, or ask them to refer you to reputable information sources.



Many older women spend months, if not years, trying for motherhood, then endure an anxious pregnancy wondering if they are eating and exercising properly. Fitness expert Suzy Clarkson has been there. Her first pregnancy at the age of 38 was relatively trouble-free, but trying to get pregnant again a few years later was very different. Following fertility treatment, she finally gave birth to her second child at the age of 45.

Qualified in physiotherapy, Suzy has now devised a practical guide to assist older women through their pregnancies, using her own experiences of motherhood to support her text. This easy-to-follow fitness program will take you through each trimester, showing suitable exercises and suggesting how to develop healthy habits to achieve a safe outcome, a successful childbirth and a speedy recovery afterwards. The book is fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs showing the exercises in detail. The information she provides is based on the latest research, and is endorsed by leading specialists in obstetrics and fertility.

But the book is more than its exercises. Suzy is a ‘real mum’ who offers encouragement and a compassionate helping hand to all older mothers. Fit for Birth and Beyond is the guide you can trust and use with confidence.

Join the Ultimate Plank Challenge! Work Your Abs and Build Explosive Power with Plyometric Planks

Jennifer DeCurtins is challenging you to the #UltimatePlankChallenge. Are you ready to try a plank-a-day in May?! Get started!

Want a stronger core and some accountability? Join me for the #UltimatePlankChallenge. I’m hosting this challenge for the month of May that features 31 bodyweight plank exercises from my book Ultimate Plank Fitness. My goal for this challenge is for you to improve your core strength. Day 1 and 31 are maximum plank holds so you can track your progress. Weekly signed book giveaways and an end of challenge prize pack from sponsor @premierprotein. To enter, tag some friends to complete the challenge with you and repost this image! During the challenge you’ll post the plank of the day, tag @jdecurtins and @premierprotein and use hashtag #UltimatePlankChallenge. I’ll be posting daily videos with instructions, modifications and tips! Who’s going to plank with me in May!?

A photo posted by Jen | Peanut Butter Runner (@jdecurtins) on Apr 29, 2015 at 9:22am PDT

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


This plyometric plank requires you to jump the feet from full plank to the outside of the elbows and back to the full plank.


Start the exercise in the full plank position.


  • Get into a full plank position with your hands under your shoulders and a straight line from your head to your heels
  • Slightly bend your knees and jump to the outside of your elbows, landing in a deep squat position with your knees outside of your elbows
  • Jump back to full plank position; land with slightly bent elbows and softened joints to absorb shock
  • Alternate your right and left sides.

Build strength and flexibility by hopping from side to side.


  • Locked out joints
  • Knees do not get to the outside of your elbows


This exercise drives up the heart rate and trims the waist.



A safe, challenging, and effective method of core conditioning, planking is one of the best ways to get fit and toned. Variations of planks are used across many fitness domains including traditional group exercise, personal training, home workouts, yoga, pilates, barre, CrossFit and more. Not only are planks perfect for crafting six-pack abs, they also target shoulders, pectorals, biceps, triceps, glutes,quads, and hamstrings. They increase the heart rate, offer calorie-busting cardio exercise, and create healthy muscle tone.

Ultimate Plank Fitness features 100 different variations of planks that can be used to customize your workout. Easily increase the difficulty of your core strengthening exercises by adding stability balls, gliders, and weights. Each exercise includes a step-by-step photo demonstration, points of performance, where to engage, along with common faults to detect ways to improve your fitness. Finally, CrossFit coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor, Jennifer DeCurtins provides you with ten 5-minute workouts incorporating several planks that you can use to target trouble areas and build strength.

With countless variations of the exercise, ranging from traditional planks to side plank variations and planks using external weights or unstable surfaces, your entire workout can be programmed around the plank! Work your way to a healthy core with Ultimate Plank Fitness.

Here’s A Fun Snow Day Activity: Make Your Own Igloo

If you live in the northeast United States right now, you’ve probably had your fill of snow by now. Sure, the winter started off pretty tame, but all that has changed in the past week or so.

We’ve been hit with about three feet of the white stuff, with more in the forecast for this week. We’ve had just about all we can take of sanding, salting, shoveling, and trying to find a parking space among the snowbanks.

While snow can be challenging for us grown up types, it can also be tons of fun. Here is a great snow day activity that you can do with your kids, from “The Wild Weather Book: Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in the Rain, Wind and Snow,” by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield.


How about enjoying your very own igloo after dark with flashlights and hot chocolate?

  • Pack snow tightly into plastic storage boxes to make bricks. Tip them out of the boxes and place them in a circle.
  • Add a second layer of snow bricks on top of the first, but placed slightly further in towards the center of the circle. The bricks in the second layer should overlap the edges of the bricks in the first layer.
  • Continue adding more layers of snow bricks, each layer set further in than the layer below, until the walls meet at the top. Fill any gaps with loose snow and check to see if each layer is stable before you build the next one. IF the walls aren’t going to meet at the top, you can always make a roof from wooden planks or a sheet of plywood.
  • If a life-sized igloo sounds like too much of a challenge, try making miniature snow building instead. How about an igloo for your teddy bear, a white palace for a snow queen, or a snow church for a fairy wedding.

wildweatherIt’s raining outside – let’s get out and play! Don’t huddle cooped up indoors on a bad weather day: wrap up in warm clothes or waterproofs and get out of doors for some fun. In this book Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks offer myriad suggestions for wild things to do outdoors on wet, windy and snowy days, including:

– Rainy adventures (e.g. go swimming in the rain; test out your fire-making skills – can you make a fire in the rain?)
– Get creative (e.g. make a rain shadow; make an igloo; paint with natural paints made from wet mud, wet berries, wet charcoals)
– Play bad weather games (e.g. slip and slide; watermelon rugby; ice hockey)
– Experiment with weather (e.g. make a rain trap; make boats and float them on puddles; make a wind whirler out of a plastic bottle)
– Just have fun! (e.g. do a rain dance; make rain drums)

2015: A New Year, A New You. Start off Right with these $2.99 Kindle eBook Deals!

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2015?

    • To eat less meat and indulge in tasty veggie burgers instead?
    • To get down and dirty at an obstacle course race?
    • To try running in the bare? (Bare feet, that is)
    • To find new ways to make exercise exciting and fun?
    • To get your house and life in order?
    • To cure what ails you with a little hair of the dog? (and by that we mean booze)

No matter what your plans are for 2015, we have the books to help you reach your goals. And what’s more, they are on sale today, New Year’s Day, for an amazing $2.99 each on Amazon Kindle. Heck, if your resolution is to save money, you can do that too!

What better way to start the New Year?


Hold on to Your Buns, the Burger Revolution Has Begun!

The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet takes the popular veggie burger to the next level of freshness and flavor, with more than one hundred daringly delicious, internationally inspired vegan burgers—burgers that stack up to any patty around (meat-full or meat-free) and will wow not only your vegetarian and vegan friends, but all the skeptics too.

In fact, we’re pretty confident they’d top the charts in any potluck popularity contest they might find themselves in.

The incredible recipes you’ll find inside have been expertly designed to suit your every craving and desire, and include such favorites as:

  • Sweet Caramelized Onion Burgers
  • Korean BBQ Burgers
  • Garlicky Ranch Potato Burgers
  • Jalapeño Cornbread Burgers
  • Curried Chickpea and Broccoli Burgers
  • Three Pepper Stir-Fry Burgers
  • BLT and Avocado Burgers
  • Black Bean Tamale Burgers with Mole Sauce
  • Oktoberfest Kraut Burgers
  • Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Burgers

With The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, you’ll find 101 ways of looking at burgers in a whole new way. Let’s get this “patty”started!



A full-color photographic book with 101 different moves you can do with an exercise ball. Exercise balls are cropping up in gyms all over the world, are sold in places like Kmart and Target, and are becoming the latest fitness craze. The thing is, what the heck do you do with the ball once you’ve bought it?

Pilates, yoga, and more! Liz Gillies, respected fitness trainer and star of several best-selling exercise videos, shows you 101 things you can do with a ball to tone, trim, and firm up.

Liz Gillies develops and stars in numerous videos including Stability Ball for Dummies and her own Core Fitness line of videos. Liz is the owner and artistic director of The Insidescoop Pilates studios in New York and develops physioball certification courses for numerous ftness organizations.



Obstacle course races and mud runs such as Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac, and Muddy Buddy are all waiting for you to get Down and Dirty. Author Matt B. Davis offers an overview of the most popular races before tackling the most important concerns for any racer: preparation and training.

Each obstacle-focused chapter will feature a leading obstacle race athlete who will offer expert advice on how to get prepared for your next race—whether it’s your first or you’re a recent devotee who wants to try them all. Because each race is different, this book will supply training advice for a variety of obstacles and races.

Matt B. Davis is a journalist and podcaster who specializes in obstacle racing and mud runs. He has completed over 50 events of every distance and difficulty level. Through the Obstacle Racing Media website and podcast, Matt has interviewed over 100 people including athletes, race directors, and other OCR insiders. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and 3 children.


BAREFOOT RUNNING STEP BY STEP Barefoot Running Step by Step Barefoot Ken Bob, The Guru of Shoeless Running, Shares His Personal Technique For Running With More Speed, Less Impact, Fewer Leg Inguries, and More Fun

Almost overnight, barefoot running has exploded onto the fitness scene. However, it involves more than simply taking off your shoes. In fact, everything you’ve learned about barefoot running is probably wrong—unless you’ve learned it from Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton. The leading instructor and proponent of unshod running, he has completed 76 marathons barefoot, survived an astounding marathon-a-month challenge in 2004, and gone on to top that with 16 marathons in 2006, including four in a 15-day period—all barefoot.

Barefoot Running Step by Step separates the facts from the hype, outlines Ken Bob’s personal techniques, and details the latest research on the newest trend in mankind’s oldest sport. Whether you barefoot run occasionally, part-time, or full-time, you’ll find methods for improving your form, staying injury-free, dramatically improving your speed and performance, and having more fun.

The Bent Knee: Here is the hidden secret to perfect running form. Learn how this crucial adjustment will keep you running stronger and injury-free for life.

Vibrams and Minimalist Shoes: Barefoot running is not a transition from shoes to minimalist shoes to bare feet. It’s the other way around. Discover why you need to run barefoot before you use other footwear.

Start From the Head: Proper barefoot form doesn’t start at the feet. Discover how to get the correct body biomechanics.

Ease Into It: Here are the steps you need to take to make the transition from running in shoes to barefoot running as painless and easy as possible.

Improve Speed: Barefoot running’s injury reduction benefits are well-touted; however a new landmark study proves that barefooting—even part-time—can make you faster.

Barefoot Running Step by Step is filled with series photos and illustrations that show you the “do’s” and “don’ts” of barefoot running, the latest research, and Ken Bob Saxton’s personal experiences and insights for running barefoot for life.



f you’re one of the 10 million American adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), every day is a struggle to keep your home, your office, your electronics, and your calendar organized.

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition—Revised and Updated presents a simple but effective, long-term solution to get you back in control of your life. Written by professional organizer Susan Pinsky, it outlines a practical, ADHD-friendly organizing approach that emphasizes easy maintenance techniques and methods for maximum efficiency, catering to the specific needs of the ADHD population. Susan’s practical solutions address the most common organizing dilemmas among her ADHD clientele, while also drawing on her own personal experience as the mother of a child with ADHD. Color photos, useful tips, and bulleted lists make this a quick and manageable read, no matter how fleeting your attention span.

Armed with this unique, step-by-step approach to organizing, you’ll receive the tools and the knowledge you need to eliminate stress from your home and lead a happier, healthier, more organized life.



At the turn of the century, pharmacies in Europe and America prepared homemade tinctures, bitters, and herbal remedies mixed with alcohol for curative benefit for everything from poor digestion to the common cold. Today, trendy urban bars such as Apothke in New York, Apo Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia, and 1022 South in Tacoma, as well as “vintage” and “homegrown” cocktail aficionados, find inspiration in apothecary cocktails of old. Now you can too! 

Apothecary Cocktails features 75 traditional and newly created recipes for medicinally-themed cocktails. Learn the history of the top ten apothecary liqueurs, bitters, and tonics that are enjoying resurgence at trendy bars and restaurants, including Peychaud’s Bitters, Chartreuse, and Vermouth. Find out how healing herbs, flowers, and spices are being given center stage in cocktail recipes and traditional apothecary recipes and ingredients are being resurrected for taste and the faint promise of a cure. Once you’ve mastered the history, you can try your hand at reviving your favorites: restoratives, sedatives and toddys, digestifs, and more. Whether you’re interested in the history, the recipes, or both, you’ll love flipping through this beautifully presented book that delves into the world of apothecary cocktails.

Work Your Abs and Build Your Upper Body Strength With This Combo Exercise

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As a guy, it is often hard for me to dedicate a lot of time at the gym solely to working out my abs. While I know that having a strong core is good for me, I usually find myself spending more time on exercises designed to build my upper body strength rather than work my middle.

That’s why I like this Hanging Leg Raise exercise from the book “Core Fitness Solution” by Michael De Medeiros and Kendal Wood. Not only is it a super effective way to work your lower abs, it’s also a great test of strength for my upper body.

You’ll need a chin up bar for this move and a great deal of patience. Although this exercise can be done quickly, the best results come from a methodical upward and downward motion with a focus on your lower abs throughout.

Because you’re also holding your entire weight on the bar, consider this a test of your upper body, grip and arm strength all in one. Enjoy.



Hold your weight on a chin-up bar with your arms shoulder-width apart. Let your legs dangle directly downward so the soles of your feet are parallel to the floor.



Crunch your legs up toward your torso so your hamstrings are parallel to the floor. Do not bring your knees past your hips and look straight ahead throughout the movement. Slowly return your legs to the starting position without using momentum.


Make this move easier by alternating your legs. Remember to keep your body straight throughout the set and resist the urge to twist to either side to complete your reps.


Add ankle weights to increase the intensity of this move.


Core Fitness SolutionThe promise of building a six-pack is found in many places–Results, however, are not. With Core Fitness Solution, those results are finally attainable. With more than 5,000 customizable solutions in this book, you pick the exercises. You decide the workout, the location, the duration and the intensity. Finally, a leaner middle, a stronger core, and the set of abs you’ve always wanted can be yours. Former editor-in-chief of Men’s Fitness, Michael de Medeiros, and “King of Abs,” Kendall Wood, have handpicked the most effective exercises to target all areas of your midsection. Crafting your core has never been so simple.

Michael De Medeiros is the former vice president and editor in chief of Men’s Fitness magazine, former editor in chief of Maximum Fitness magazine, and author of 13 books, including historical biographies, educational textbooks, and active health and fitness books. He has been nominated and shortlisted for several awards, including best book and best book in a series (Weigl Publishers).

Kendall Wood, NASM CPT, M.Ed., CES, PES, FNS CERTIFIED, the “King of Abs,” is a multi-time fitness magazine cover model, NASM certified personal trainer, health advocate and a forerunner in the fight against childhood obesity. His foundation, Smart Moves, works to end obesity for children by partnering up with school boards and family associations. He is also the promoter of FitScience’s annual fitness contest in Atlanta.


Man Up This November With A Classic Cocktail– And a Great Book Deal Today Only!

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The only thing we like more than a great cocktail (okay, as much as a great cocktail) is a great book deal. Luckily, we can bring you both today. Here is a great forgotten drink recipe that is sure to put spring in your step this “Movember.” This comes from the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, which is on sale in the Kindle Store at for $X.XX today (Nov. 13) only!

Ladies, don’t feel left out! We think that you’ll get a kick out of this cocktail too, and if you’re interested in learning what the Kickerbocker De Madame is made from, the recipe is also in the book.



This nineteenth-century hit had “his” and “her” versions—à la Monsieur and à la Madame. Both were published in 1869 in William Terrington’s Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks.

Jerry Thomas first introduced the Knickerbocker in 1862. In 1888, Harry Johnson printed the manly version shown here.

“Father Knickerbocker” was the allegorical patron saint of New York City and generations of native New Yorkers claimed kinship to him.

The one-time Times Square–situated hotel many assume the drink was named for would not be designed for another thirty-nine years.

Nakheel Hotels, a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates’ royalty-owned Dubai World, bought the property in 2006 with plans to restore it as a sumptuous hotel for the first time since before the Great Depression, so we may yet see the Knickerbocker à la Madame and à la Monsieur proffered over the bar again if we’re lucky.

2 ounces (1⁄2 gill, 6 cl) Virgin Islands rum
1⁄2 ounce (1⁄8 gill, 1.5 cl) orange curaçao
1⁄2 ounce (1⁄8 gill, 1.5 cl) raspberry syrup
1 ounce (1⁄4 gill, 3 cl) lemon juice
1 slice orange
1 slice pineapple

Add all to crushed ice in a goblet, collins glass, or tumbler,
stir, and serve.
Garnish with more fruits in season.


VintageSpiritsCocktailsIn this expanded and updated edition of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail adds another 20 fine recipes to his hand-picked collection of 80 rare-and-worth-rediscovered drink recipes, shares revelations about the latest cocktail trends, provides new resources for uncommon ingredients, and profiles of many of the cocktail world’s movers and shakers. Historic facts, expanded anecdotes, and full-color vintage images from extremely uncommon sources round out this must-have volume. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale.

Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail, makes his living as a graphic designer in the Hollywood movie industry and has worked on such spectacles as O Brother Where Art Thou?, American Beauty, and The Insider. Although he has been diligently researching cocktails since the ’80s, his moonlighting as a cocktail historian became public in 1995, when he hosted the America Online spirits boards. In the intervening years, he has been quoted and referenced by the New York Times, Esquire, the Malt Advocate, and Men’s Journal, as well as various books and other media. He is a partner in, an encyclopedic database of cocktail knowledge.

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