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Have you ever wondered about the difference between a lager and an ale? Or marvelled at how, with only four basic ingredients, there are around 150 different styles of beer? In The Philosophy of Beer, Jane Peyton, the UK's first Beer Sommelier of the Year, distils practical advice from the incredible history of the nation's favourite beverage, spanning the earliest evidence of beer 13,000 years ago, its central role in monasteries and on naval ships, its significance in the discovery of cholera, and its enduring popularity today. This fascinating insight into beer's rich history will teach you how to taste like a professional, how best to match beer with food, and even how to brew it yourself! Quench your thirst for knowledge with everything you need to know to be a mastermind in beer.
Phil Laffer, Australia's top winemaker divulges his secrets and discusses in his down-to-earth style how to enjoy wine . He explodes many myths, gives tips on how to discern different wine types, regales us with amazing facts, explains the pros and cons of corks, screwtops and plastic closures and reveals the best way to store and serve wines. This book is perfect for many of those who like to drink wine regularly, who often buy it at the supermarket and would like to know that bit more.
Craft delicious, creative mixed drinks using pantry staples with this essential recipe book guaranteed to satiate any cocktail craving. We all want to be the type of host who can put together a tasty meal or a delicious appetizer for unexpected company by creatively using the odds and ends from our pantry or fridge. That same improvisational approach can be applied to home bartending with impressive (and tasty!) results. Knowing how to enlist the everyday basics cluttering up your kitchen, like condiments, jams, pickles, and sauces, means you can craft inventive, flavorful cocktails on the fly, satisfying cravings and fulfilling your guest's requests. Pantry Cocktails is an organized, easy-to-follow guide that not only includes cocktail recipes but accompanying themed food boards (such as The Warming Hut Board inspired by New Mexico flavors), helpful tips and hacks, and useful pantry suggestions. Recipes include: -A Sushi Mary with the wasabi and white miso pastes in your fridge (from that sushi delivery last week) -A Basil-Cello Frosecco or Ginger-Orange Shrub Shandy from your garden -Off-Season Bellini using peaches from your cupboard You will learn which key bottled spirits to keep in your liquor cabinet, which fridge and cupboard staples you can repurpose, and how to use seasonal herbs from your patio or garden to create outstanding cocktails that are sure to satisfy and impress.
In 2019, the Negroni turned 100 years old, and it's more popular than ever. The drink's classic proportions are equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth, making it an easy cocktail to order and to make on your own. The Negroni will give readers insight into the drink's origins in Italy (it started as a twist on the Americano), and the tools to make over 20 simple variations from drink experts and bartenders around the world. Here's the Negroni Frappe from the famed bar Dante in New York City; the Negroni Spagliato from Bar Basso in Milan, where the gin is replaced with prosecco; and the author's own version, which goes heavier on the gin and lighter on the vermouth. Included will be details on garnish, bitters, tools, glassware; a section on the importance of the vermouth used; interviews with bartenders from around the world; where to get the best Negroni; and so much more. Beautiful original photography of the drinks along with archival imagery of famous Negroni lovers - like Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles - and vintage liquor ads make this gorgeous book an irresistible gift for anyone who loves to enjoy a Negroni.
Pinot, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling... There are so many delicious wines to delight the nose and palate and so many occasions to celebrate them all. Whatever your favourite grape or vintage, dry or sweet, indulge your inner sommelier and raise a glass to the wonders of wine with this collection of quotes from the world's wisest and wittiest drinkers.
Denton Marks uses economic analysis, in plain and simple language, to demystify the wine world and to enrich our understanding of it. This remarkable book could well serve as an introduction to the wine industry for economists or as an introduction to economics for the wine industry. Up to date and thorough, Marks has undertaken a prodigious task.' - Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, and Co-Founder and President, American Association of Wine Economists, US'What is welcome with Denton Marks's book is its exploration beyond the narrow focus of wine pricing. The outline of how wine fits into key economic processes is illuminating, and the understanding of the political economy of wine is especially helpful. Crucially, the examination of how wine functions as a cultural good is a real expansion of our understanding of its social and economic context, underlining that value is not merely a financial construct but includes intangible, symbolic meaning as well.' - Steve Charters MW, School of Wine and Spirits Business, Burgundy School of Business, France 'Denton Marks's book fills a void in both the economics and the wine-related literature. It offers the economics student insights into the wine world and the wine professionals insights into economic thinking. Certainly, this is the first 'wine economics' textbook.' - Karl Storchmann, New York University, US and Managing Editor, Journal of Wine Economics 'Marks harvests wine's potential as a lens through which to view human economic behavior- and economic misbehavior - taking readers on a sophisticated but accessible and comprehensive tour of the fascinating nooks and crannies of the wine market. Perhaps the crowning achievement is the original and thought-provoking treatment of some of the thorniest philosophical and scientific dilemmas unique to wine, including price signals, asymmetric information, and sensory intersubjectivity. This is a much-needed book from an economist who knows the subject.' - Robin Goldstein, Author of The Wine Trials, Blind Taste, and blindtaste.com/ 'Most professions show a professional interest in wine, and economics is no exception: it can help us understand how wine markets work. But since economics is considered by many as a rather 'dry' subject, wine can boost student enthusiasm for economics. This book exploits those two interests by helping non-economists understand wine producer and consumer behavior and helping college students understand economics.' - Kym Anderson, Wine Economics Research Centre, University of Adelaide and Australian National University, Australia Wine and the wine trade are steeped in culture and history; few products have consistently enjoyed both cultural importance and such wide distribution over time even seen by some as 'an elixir of life'. While wine has been produced and consumed for centuries, what is distinctive about the economics of wine? Professor Marks's book is an accessible exploration of the economics of wine, using both basic principles and specialized topics and emphasizing microeconomics and related research. Drawing upon economic themes such as International Trade and Public Choice, Wine and Economics also relates economic reasoning to management issues in wine markets. The discussion ranges from economic fundamentals and wine and government, to the challenge of knowing what is in the bottle and the importance of wine as a cultural good. This novel and comprehensive introduction to the subject is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and anyone interested in wine and the wine industry.
With easy to follow clear instructions, this book contains more than 30 recipes for making liqueurs and infusions, featuring a wide range of tastes and ingredients from blackberries and chili to Turkish delight and chocolate. This is the essential practical guide for anyone wanting to explore the world of spirited infusions, whether to create the most amazing bespoke drinks collection, make the most of seasons fruits and foraging trips, or host sparkling cocktail parties.
Everything you ever wanted to know about beer but were too busy drinking it to ask. The Little Book of Beer is a light-hearted, irreverent but also informative book that celebrates beer culture. The book should be something that enlightens the reader while also leaving them foaming (pun intended) at the month at the mere thought of going for a pint. It will show how beer is one of the great unifiers, a drink almost as old as time, and it is something that brings people together and makes them happy. While it celebrates how beer has influenced popular culture and vice versa, it avoids falling into obvious traps of beer snobbery or elitism. 'You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.' Frank Zappa. 'When all else fails, there is music. When that fails you, there is beer.' James Hauenstein.
Drink deliciously and magickally with this exquisite compendium of potent mystical beverages, with witchy wisdom from author Shawn Engel and expertly crafted cocktails from mixologist Steven Nichols. For thousands of years, witches young and old have concocted mysterious potions to heal, to divine the future, to get in touch with the energies of the planet--and just to have fun. In this enchanting compendium of 40 drink recipes, mystical maven Shawn Engel shares her thoughts on what to imbibe for power, energy, and amusement. Written in tandem with the award-winning cocktail writer and developer Steven Nichols, this collection presents a broad range of drinks for every purpose. Whether it's a trio of beverages celebrating the energies of the maiden, mother, and crone (with notes of pomegranate, fig, and smoke respectively), or an eminently sippable mint-based money magick brew for prosperity, this book is a party with a purpose. Not only are these drinks fun and shareable, they also contain ingredients with ancient magickal significance. For example, the "Keep it Hexy" is not only a delicious vodka-based cocktail perfect for kick-starting a memorable evening, it also contains black pepper to return a hex to sender, sage to cleanse an evil eye, and blackberries for protection. All recipes include energetic properties and plenty of information about magickal ingredients and why they've been used to address certain ills for millennia; some even come with invocations and rituals to amplify their power.
From California to Maine-check out the greatest US craft breweries! Fifty fascinating states, 50 awesome breweries, and 50+ handcrafted beers-what more could you ask for? In The United States of Craft Beer, beer expert and homebrewer Jess Lebow invites you along on his state-by-state exploration of America's greatest breweries. From Jack's Abby Brewing in Massachusetts to the Maui Brewing Company in Hawaii, this guide teaches you everything you need to know about the people who make the nation's best-tasting beers and the innovative brewing methods that help create the perfect batch. Each intoxicating entry also highlights other popular beers that can be found throughout that state, so that you can sample every delicious sip the United States has to offer. Complete with photos of the beers and breweries, The United States of Craft Beer gives you the lowdown on all things craft beer.
Astrology, tarot, palmistry, and other spiritual arts are having a moment-and that includes the spirits we enjoy during cocktail hour. With this deeply researched collection of intoxicating treats, readers will be able to mix a drink that reflects their interests and satisfies their curiosity. Over the course of five chapters, the authors map out esoteric philosophies that have fuelled the dark arts of their times. Each recipe is presented in a double-page spread that includes an engaging history, clear instructions, and original photography. Curious about druids? Try the Oak and Mistletoe, reminiscent of ancient European forests. Into voodoo? Enjoy a citrusy rum cocktail that's finished with Peychaud's bitters from an infamous New Orleans apothecary. If vodka's your jam try the Devil's Daughter, which pays tribute to England's most famous prophetess, Mother Shipton. More than just a collection of recipes, this dive into the occult tells you everything you need to stock your bar and kitchen with, while offering compelling background information on natural ingredients, botany, herbs, and spices-all points of interests that connect the cocktail enthusiast and the practitioner of magic. Whether you're serious about cocktails or the occult-or just getting acquainted with either one-this ingenious blend of mixology and magic will add a drop of mystery to every drink you make.
Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume immediately attained legendary status, winning every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, as well as writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, The Oxford Companion to Wine presents almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters in wine through the ages; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine, from its origins to the present day. More than 180 esteemed contributors (including 58 new to this edition) range from internationally renowned academics to some of the most famous wine writers and wine specialists in the world. Now exhaustively updated, this fourth edition incorporates the very latest international research to present 300 new entries on topics ranging from additives and wine apps to WSET and Zelen. Over 60 per cent of all entries have been revised; and useful lists and statistics are appended, including a unique list of the world's controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as vineyard area, wine production and consumption by country. Illustrated with almost 30 updated maps of every important wine region in the world, many useful charts and diagrams, and 16 stunning colour photographs, this Companion is unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in all of its wider contexts-notably historical, cultural, and scientific-and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip and browse.
Mead is an alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey and water with yeast. A glass of lightly chilled mead on a summer's evening is a splendid delight. And yet, of all the crafts of mankind, mead-making is certainly one of the oldest. It is likely that mead was made even before the wheel was invented as stone-age cave paintings depict the collection of honey from bee colonies. The drink made from honey became a staple of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Renaissance Britain. This practical book will inspire you to take up this admirable craft. It includes chapters on honey selection, mead-making techniques, and forty-two recipes for mead, melomel (using honey mixed with fruit juice), pyment (honey mixed with grapes), hippocras (honey mixed with grapes and herbs), metheglin (spiced medicinal mead), cyser (honey mixed with apples) and other honey drinks.
Supermarket wines now win Gold Medals in International Challenge. Best Wines in the Supermarkets, identifies these superior wines, often at bargain prices. It also has its own secure website extension, in which to search and sort more wines. This is unquestionably the best source of wine drinking through the year. Now with its own secure website for searching and sorting- at www.bestwinesinthesupermarket.uk. The book provides plenty of interesting knowledge and for each wine, tasting and style notes, for readers to use in finding what they enjoy. Now that supermarkets deliver Internet wine orders, you need a guide through the amazingly, wonderful, wide range they offer. The perfect wine guide for you to find the wines you enjoy at the price that suits the budget of the occasion. The huge buying power of the supermarkets - and the fact that they employ the finest wine tasters - means that they can buy the very best of every type of wine. The trick is knowing which is the best of their best. * For Best Wines in the Supermarkets, Ned Halley tastes, and rates 2000 wines. * His rating system includes, uniquely, a factor for VALUE. * He recommends only wines of character in each category. * Every year, Ned works with the supermarkets to identify their best wines for you. * Excellent, insightful, reviews reveal award winning own label wines taste wonderful. * Handy, pocket size is ideal to tuck in a pocket or bag and use while browsing the shelves. * Helps you navigate the bottles in supermarkets and sift between the regions and grapes. * Discover 26 wines that are rated a perfect 10 and 137 wines rated at high 9s. * What Wine Words Mean is a wonderfully simple, down-to-earth guide to wine terms * Ideal stocking-filler-gift that will constantly throughout the year. * Supermarkets own the wine markets. Ned Halley's help to find the best of their best.
Winefulness is the new mindfulness.
Beer Stained Pulp is a massive hit of nostalgia, making you reminisce about nights down the pub, yearn for long gone breweries, recall weird and wonderful advertising campaigns and commemorate moments in British culture. These handy little beer mats not only catch your spills but also your eye. They are a wonderful source of creative inspiration, displaying beautiful examples of composition, typography and illustration. This book showcases a graphical collection of nicely designed vintage British beer mats, making you appreciate these little 'masterpieces' for what they truly are.
From timeless classics like the Old-fashioned to inventive new creations such as Grape Escape, this book shows how to create perfectly balanced and delicious drinks for any taste or palate. Cocktails for every mood or occasion - whether that's delectably sweet, sharp and zingy, smooth and creamy or subtle and sophisticated. The very best of classics, modern twists on classics and innovative new mixes compiled by Brian Lucas, the creator of prestigious bars across the globe. With guidance on the correct glasses to use and essential techniques such as infusing, garnishing, twisting, salting, layering, straining, shaking and stirring, you can hone your repertoire to perfection. Intuitive icons make it easy to select cocktails based on strength, while reference lists provide suggestions for any preference.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A TIPPLE . . . OR TWO . . . OR TEN! 'Haha! . . . Highly suitable for Xmas!' - Margaret Atwood Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. Tracing humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, it answers every possible question: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never like the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best. 'This book is a laugh riot. I mean the way the author has presented it is hilarious and to the point' Goodreads Reviewer 'Highly entertaining. Cheers! Bottoms up! Good health!' Goodreads Reviewer 'It can make a good gift for someone with a sense of humour and appreciation for the magical powers of alcohol' Goodreads Reviewer
This illustrated deck of playing cards is perfect for dram after dram of whisky, or Whisky Poker - or any other card game. Featuring illustrations of 39 malt whiskies from around the world, plus 13 whisky-based cocktails, the deck is accompanied by a booklet giving detailed background to the world's favourite distilleries and recipes for all the cocktails. Perfect for a hand of cards or a handy refresher on how to mix an Old Fashioned.
Boozy ice lollies you can make at home. The sun is out, the mercury is finally hitting 30 degees ... what better way to toast the start of summer than with a frozen cocktail - on a stick! With the onset of summer, the alcoholic ice-lolly trend is getting BIG. The adult popsicle market is one of the fastest-growing product areas in the ice cream market, with sales up 23% to GBP40m in the past year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. From high-end gourmet ice pops on the festival scene to mass-market popsicles that were a sell-out at Aldi, people's appetite for frozen booze is growing. Even Fortnum and Mason have produced their own alcoholic ice-lollies for the best people. But why go for shop-bought, when you can easily mix and freeze these drinks at home, and never spill a drop. This book provides 60 recipes for popsicles, slushies and ice-creamy frozen drinks, with stylish photography.
Cheers! Here's to the handiest handbook ever written about cocktails! How to mix them, how to drink them--and how to enjoy them. Included are over 150 recipes for drinkables both classic and modern. The Glossary covers spirits from A to Z. Anecdotes are included about famous drinks, drinkers, and watering holes!
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