Synopses & Reviews
France has wine, Germany's got beer, but America is the land of the cocktail. And cocktail culture is flourishing with bartenders across America combining local, artisanal, and homemade ingredients to create drinks with complex layers of flavor. From the editors of Imbibe Magazine comes this unique book filled with 50 favorites from some of the best bartenders coast to coast offering modern twists on classic drinks, plus all-new creations, complete with a look into each recipe's inception and unique ingredients. Whether it's a marionberry bramble from Jeffrey Morgenthaler in Portland, Oregon, or a strawberry julep from Jenni Pittman Louisville, Kentucky, or an apple-based cocktail from Jim Meehan in New York City, the cocktails that define the American landscape are deliciously diverse. Consider this book your personal cross-country tour of America's most intriguing regional cocktail flavors, traditions and stories.
The American Cocktail
comes to us from the editors of Imbibe magazine, and it often combines the unpretentiousness of See Mix Drink, the swank adventurism of PDT, and the photographic beauty of Bitters. Subtitled 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks From Coast to Coast
, it gathers a "St. Louis Southside" and a "Boston Bog," a "Copper Fox Cooler" from Virginia and a "Pig on the Porch" from South Carolina. From Louisiana, it collects the "Comfortably Old-Fashioned," which uses Southern Comfort as its base. In its sweetness, this one's on the grandmotherly end of the old-fashioned spectrum, but it has its charms-provoking nostalgia for one's youth, for instance. Southern Comfort is, of course, a peachy whiskey-based liqueur especially popular among college students, who drink it in prelude to preposterous behavior centered on SEC football games, ACC basketball tournaments, and Ivy League sorority pledge nights.
It's about time someone wrote a cocktail book that was geared towards both bartenders and serious cocktail aficionados and
that home entertainers could relate to. Here you'll find fifty recipes that bartenders across the country have contributed -- classic cocktails and modern twists on drinks your grandparents probably once enjoyed. Along with the recipes, there's a small peek into the history behind each.
-The Kitchn, thekitchn.com
If you love cocktails and revere mixologists but don't always want to go out to enjoy your libations, you should thank your lucky stars that the editors at Imbibe
(http://www.imbibemagazine.com/) have put together The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks From Coast to Coast
(http://astore.amazon.com/epistore-20/detail/081187799X). From fresh takes on classics to completely new creations, this recipe collection will keep cocktail aficianados busy recreating drinks by mixologists from across the country.
Featured in the book The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks From Coast to Coast
by the editors of Imbibe Magazine, the Kelso daiquiri is described as "a perfectly charming Southern twist on a classic beach cocktail." It's the creation of Josh Habiger, owner of The Patterson House in Nashville. Habiger invented the Kelso daiquiri as a way to bring the traditionally tropical daiquiri to the whiskey-drinking South. An exotic cocktail without the exotic destination, this tasty treat is perfect for those breezy fall evenings spent on the patio at home or when you just need a quick getaway from life. Lucky for you, airfare rates do not apply.
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
France has wine, Germany s got beer, but America is the land of the cocktail. And cocktail culture is flourishing with mixologists wherever you live combining local, artisanal, and homemade ingredients to concoct drinks with complex layers of flavor. Fifty favorites from the best bartenders coast to coast offer modern twists on heritage drinks, plus all-new creations, complete with glimpses into each one s inception and unique ingredients. This cocktail guide is perfect for mixed drink aficionados, home entertainers, and anyone who enjoys unwinding with a choice beverage after a long day.
About the Author
From wine, spirits and beer to coffee and tea, Imbibe
celebrates the world in a glass. On the website (imbibemagazine.com) and in every issue of the award-winning magazine, Imbibe features the world's top drink destinations, recipes and in-depth stories exploring the fascinating people, places and flavors of liquid culture.
Sheri Giblin is a San Francisco-based photographer.