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Whiskey lovers will devour this freshand comprehensive guide to everything there is to know about the world's whiskeys, including Scotch and bourbon as well as Tennessee, Irish, Japanese, and Canadian whiskeys. You'll learn about the types of whiskey and the distilling traditions of the regions where they are made, how to serve and taste whiskeys to best appreciate and savor them, how to collect and age whiskey for great results, and much more. There are even recipes for cocktails and suggestions for food pairings. This is the guide no whiskey drinker will want to be without
This is a zingy collection of sophisticated concoctions for every occasion. It features more than 30 sensational ideas to make your party go with a swing. It features traditional cocktails such as Mint Julep and Harvey Wallbanger as well as excitingly different Coffee & Chocolate Flip and Chilli Vodkatini. You can discover exotic non-alcoholic cocktails using fresh ginger, mango, pineapple, kumquats, ice cream and refreshing fruit syrups. It includes information on a wide variety of cocktail ingredients and useful equipment. Chapters include Classic & Sophisticated, Short & Lively, Coolers & Thirst Quenchers, and Fresh & Non-alcoholic. The cocktail was traditionally made from only two spirits or liqueurs, but today it may also include such exotic ingredients as coconut milk and tropical fruits. While simple cocktails like the Manhattan and Margarita have not lost their popularity, they have been joined by more elaborate mixtures such as Blue Hawaiian and Mai Tai. You can learn how to make these and many more with the help of this book, which gives clear instructions for all kinds of sophisticated cocktails - not forgetting delicious non-alcoholic creations.With information on ingredients, equipment and techniques, this guide is the perfect introduction to making and serving great cocktails.
In the winter of 1920, the 25 year-old Masataka Taketsuru, with his new wife Rita in tow, arrived in Campbeltown, a small town on the west coast of Scotland. With the help of Professor Wilson of the Royal Technical College in Glasgow, the young Japanese had been fortunate enough to secure an invitation to undergo practical training in pot still whisky manufacture at the Hazelburn Distillery, then the largest of the Campbeltown distilleries. Under the guidance of chief technician Peter Margach Innes, Taketsuru was able to delve into all aspects of whisky manufacture. Four months later, he had completed this report. Taketsuru would go on to establish his own company - Nikka Whisky. Today Nikka's whiskies are known the world over, and frequently win awards.
The Power of Positive Drinking Coloring Book from Galison is an irreverently upbeat collection of illustrations with a twist. Inside you will find coloring pages that serve up imagination and spirit with inspired illustrated libations, cocktail recipes, and hilarious quotations from the world's greatest drinkers. * 8.5 x 10" Paperback * 80 pages * Over 35 illustrations to color * Includes dozens of recipes for classic and not so classic cocktails * Over 25 amusing quotes * Designed and Printed in the USA
Rum, once the poor relation of the spirit world, has undergone a revival and is no longer seen just as the preferred tipple for tipsy pirates. The craft drinks movement has certainly stimulated the rum world, with high numbers of new artisan rum brands launching around the world in the last few years. The rise of the rum cocktails is another successful trend, with the popularity of mojitos and mai tai contributing greatly in the growth and development of the rum market. Ian Buxton, the UK's No.1 bestselling author on spirits, takes us on a tour of the different colours, flavours, creation methods and characteristics, and makes his pick of the best rums in the world. Whether you like your rum in cocktails, or prefer to sip it neat, this is the only book on rum you will ever need.
A cocktail the fascinating alchemy of simple alcohols into complex potables is an invention as unlikely as it is delicious, and an American innovation whose history marches in step with that of the Republic. In Spirits Sugar Water Bitters, nationally recognized bartender and spirits expert Derek Brown tells the story of the cocktail s birth, rise, fall, and eventual resurrection, tracing the contours of the American story itself. In this spirited timeline, Brown shows how events such as the Whiskey Rebellion, Prohibition, and the entry of Hawaii into the United States shaped the nation s drinking habits. Brown also tells the stories of the great men and women who made their mark on cocktail culture, including America s Distiller-In-Chief George Washington and modern-day King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, as well as lesser-known mixology heroes like Martha Niblo, the nineteenth-century New York proprieties famous for her Sherry Cobblers, and Frederic Tudor, whose ice-shipping business gave early drinks like the Cobbler and the Mint Julep the chill they needed. Featuring classic and original recipes inspired by each period, this book serves up the perfect mix of geography, history, culture, and taste.
With a small, 0.5-liter distiller, you can easily create fine brandies, whiskies, and even essential oils in your own kitchen. In this detailed how-to book, learn the tools, techniques, and safe procedures to distill raw natural materials for a variety of applications. Also included is a useful guide that explains what plants to use for different purposes; a look at the various types of stills; and a detailed, step-by-step treatment of mashing, fermenting, distilling, and refining spirits. Complete with a guide to distilling essential oils and their benefits and tips and tricks for troubleshooting and avoiding common pitfalls, this is the ideal companion for the home distiller.
'The Ultimate G&T' -- Jamie Oliver 'The best tonic on the planet' -- Ashton Kutcher The first cocktail book to put the mixers centre-stage, from brilliant Fever-Tree brand and created by leading bartenders around the world. Rather than starting with the spirits, this book focuses on key mixers - including tonic, lemonade, ginger ale, ginger beer and cola. Leading bartenders have created 125 classic and contemporary cocktail recipes that make the most of the botanical partnerships. The book also explores the origins of key ingredients, including quinine, lemons and elderflower, revealing the role quinine has played in geo-politics, for example, and the impact different herbs have on taste. In the way that we increasingly want to know the source and production methods of the food we eat, so this guide allows you to understand more fully what we drink - and use that knowledge to create the most delicious cocktails.
Divided Spirits tells the stories of tequila and mezcal, two of Mexico's most iconic products. In doing so, the book illustrates how neoliberalism influences the production, branding, and regulation of local foods and drinks. It also challenges the strategy of relying on "alternative" markets to protect food cultures and rural livelihoods. In recent years, as consumers increasingly demand to connect with the people and places that produce their food, the concept of terroir - the taste of place - has become more and more prominent. Tequila and mezcal are both protected by denominations of origin (DOs), legal designations that aim to guarantee a product's authenticity based on its link to terroir. Advocates argue that the DOs expand market opportunities, protect cultural heritage, and ensure the reputation of Mexico's national spirits. Yet this book shows how the institutions that are supposed to guard "the legacy of all Mexicans" often fail those who are most in need of protection: the small producers, agave farmers, and other workers who have been making tequila and mezcal for generations. The consequences-for the quality and taste of tequila and mezcal, and for communities throughout Mexico-are stark. Divided Spirits suggests that we must move beyond market-based models if we want to safeguard local products and the people who make them. Instead, we need systems of production, consumption, and oversight that are more democratic, more inclusive, and more participatory. Lasting change is unlikely without the involvement of the state and a sustained commitment to addressing inequality and supporting rural development.
Just the Tonic is an accessible yet informative history of tonic water: its connections to the major disease malaria, the cure discovered in the bitter bark of the cinchona tree and its constituent alkaloid quinine. It is a history deeply intertwined with botanical exploration and empire in the Victorian era, and the role of botanical gardens such as Kew.
Take the guesswork out of planning your next cocktail party or drinks reception with these recipes for small-serve cocktails, each perfectly flavour-paired with a tasty bite-size morsel. Sip on a classic ice-cold Dry Martini whilst nibbling a Crostini with Green Olive and Anchovy Tapenade; try a fruity Strawberry Daiquiri with Strawberry, Mango, Basil and Pine Nut Salsa on Baked Tortilla Chips; enjoy a sparkling Lavender French 75 with a Goat's Cheese and Pink Peppercorn Ball or a Pisco Sour paired with a flavour-packed Pink Grapefruit Ceviche-Style Shrimp Skewer. For the festive season, nothing will impress your guests more than a Clementine Caipirinha served with a melt-in-the-mouth Warm Brie and Cranberry Sauce Puff. From elegant classic drinks, to lip-smacking newer creations, tangy summer treats and sparkling ideas for special occasions, here you'll find all the inspiration and recipes you need to plan for every event from a stylish pre-dinner tipple with friends to a full-blown cocktail reception.
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) is one of the most celebrated British Portrait photographers of the twentieth century and is renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style. His influence on portrait photography was profound and lives on today in the work of many contemporary photographers. In the 1920s and 30s Beaton used his camera, his ambition and his larger-than-life personality to mingle with a flamboyant and rebellious group of artists and writers, socialites and partygoers whose spirit and style cut a dramatic swathe through the epoch. This miniature cocktail book presents a selection of dazzling and delectable infusions, inspired by the 'Bright Young Things' with whom Beaton mixed, illustrated with Beaton's own unique, often humorous sketches and drawings. Featuring highballs, coolers, slings and fizzes fit to please any Lord, Lady or Viscountess, this book and its recipes bring to life a deliriously eccentric, glamorous and creative era.
This is the story of how one man, with a bit of help from his friends, created a revolution in the hitherto staid world of Scotch Whisky. But by creating the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, he gave whisky drinkers access to the finest distilled liquor on the planet - and what's more, he had a great time doing it. The book is a collection of stories about Pip and his friends and how they brought Scotland's finest product to a waiting world. It begins in a small farm in Aberdeenshire and moves through high places (The World Trade Centre) and low (a jungle dive in the South Seas), with the help of the famous and the obscure, the good, the bad and the mildly delinquent. There are high mountains and wild seas, and a trip (with whisky) to Communist eastern Europe in a vintage Lagonda.
This fully revised third edition of Cognac: The story of the world's greatest brandy provides an authoritative account of how the much-loved spirit is produced and matured. Nicholas Faith, the world's leading authority on cognac, explores the reasons for the spirit's complex character, and reveals its fascinating history. Cognac is an extraordinary and unparalleled collection of insights into the world's finest brandy. The first edition of this book, published in 1986, won the Veuve Clicquot award in the US and the Deinhard/Wine Magazine award in Britain. In 2005 the second edition was awarded the Andre Simon prize, Britain's premier wines and spirits writing prize. This new edition includes a fully updated directory of the top producers and their brandies - including the author's tasting notes - and two new sections on tasting and mixing: a selection of cognac cocktails and how to make them, and revelations on the associations made between brandy and food. This completely updated edition of Nicholas Faith's classic guide is a thorough and engaging resource - the essential companion for every cognac enthusiast.
Create your own cannabis infused cocktails! Combining cannabis and cocktails is a hot new trend, and Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics shows you how. Featuring a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis influenced cocktails and drinks; The Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow will show you the essential instructions for de-carbing cannabis to release its full psychoactive effect. Learn the history of cannabis as a social drug and its growing acceptance to becoming a medicinal. Look beyond cocktails and create successful tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink. Start your day with coffee, tea, and milk-based cannabis beverages for healing and relaxation. Get your afternoon pick-me-up with gut healing shrubs and mood enhancing syrups. Make cooling lemonades and sparking herbal infusions to soothe the fevered brow. Then, have an after dinner herbal-based cannabis drink for relaxation at the end of a good meal. The options are endless with Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics!
Designated driver? Going back to work after lunch? Having a party with lots of teens and tweens or people who just don't want alcohol? When a cocktail isn't the right choice, it's time to enjoy a mocktail: delectable, refreshing soda- and juice-based blends that forgo the alcohol but keep the flavor. And there's more than a standard-issue Virgin Mary or a Shirley Temple on the menu here. Kester Thompson, a top bartender, understands that you can't just forget the tequila in the margarita or the rum in the daiquiri; the flavor won't be right that way. Instead, he's whipped up a host of gourmet sensations, some meant for a sophisticated palate, others designed to please a thirsty child.
Whether you're planning a cosy night in, or some 'pre-drinks' with friends, The Pocket Book of Cocktails has all the classic and contemporary cocktail recipes you'll need to enjoy at home. Fun, glamourous and always delicious, cocktails have had a tremendous come-back into fashion and, with more and more innovative blends of spirits available, the time is ripe to join the cocktail revolution and become the bartender of your own home. Grab your shaker to mix up a sassy Cosmopolitan, imagine yourself in an uptown bar as you muddle a sophisticated Old Fashioned or hark back to 1920's pizzazz with the wonderfully sour, sugar-rimmed Sidecar. At the beginning of the book you'll find handy descriptions of all the tools and tips you need to master each recipe and, after a whistle-stop tour of the best choice of glassware, you'll be well on your way to relishing in your own irresistible creation. Each chapter then reveals the best and boldest cocktails of each spirit; vodka takes the lead, followed by gin, whiskey and rum, before some surprises from tequila, brandy and all things bubbly! So, ready your shaker, strainer and swizzle sticks, and delight in the sours, slings, punches and fizzes this book has to offer.
A new and updated edition of the classic, definitive guide to malt whiskies, written by the late Michael Jackson and updated by whisky experts Dominic Roskrow and Gavin D. Smith. The fully revised 7th edition of the Malt Whisky Companion will teach you everything you want to know about your favourite tipple. How should you taste a single malt scotch whisky? Which whiskies are light and flowery, or rich and treacly? How different is a single malt scotch from a distillery in the Highlands to one from the islands? Find whisky tasting notes on over 1,000 malts arranged from A-Z, including vintages from 1926 onwards and the very latest releases. For distilleries in the New World Whisky section there are brand-new whisky tasting notes. This comprehensive whisky guide defines the characteristics of each whisky, gives it an overall score, making it the perfect companion for keen whisky drinkers and new converts to the wonderful world of the single malt.
Perfect for summertime entertaining, fruity sangrias and punches are cool, refreshing, and just plain fun to drink. They're creative and informal and, best of all, they're simple to make, since people don't have to worry about getting the proportions just right.
Beautifully illustrated, beautifully designed, and beautifully crafted--just like its namesake--this is the ultimate bar book by NYC's most meticulous bartender. To say that PDT is a unique bar is an understatement. It recalls the era of hidden Prohibition speakeasies: to gain access, you walk into a raucous hot dog stand, step into a phone booth, and get permission to enter the serene cocktail lounge. Now, Jim Meehan, PDT's innovative operator and mixmaster, is revolutionizing bar books, too, offering all 304 cocktail recipes available at PDT plus behind-the-scenes secrets. From his bar design, tools, and equipment to his techniques, food, and spirits, it's all here, stunningly illustrated by Chris Gall.
A stunning collection of over 100 recipes inspired by the heart of Britannia. Forget pouring a cuppa, fill your glass with unique drinks from the heart of Britain and explore some of the best pubs and lounges the home of Big Ben has to offer. Enjoy cocktails from some of London's best bartenders and mixologists from the comfort of your own home. Plan your next stroll along the River Thames or bring the big city to your home bar with photographs and recipes that capture the heart of the city. City Cocktails profiles some of the most happening cities in the world to give readers a taste of class, no matter where they set their glass.
A captivating introduction to the world of fine whiskies, brought to you by bestselling author, restaurateur, bar-owner and world-class drinks connoisseur Tristan Stephenson. Tristan explores the origins of whisky, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal 'aqua vitae' (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whisky. Explore the magic of malting, the development of flavour and the astonishing barrel-ageing process as you learn about how whisky is made. After that, you might choose to make the most of Tristan's bar skills with some inspirational house-blends and whisky-based cocktails. This fascinating, entertaining and comprehensive book is sure to appeal to aficionados and novices alike.
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