Book: Regarding Cocktails

Let’s start with the obvious; this book looks absolutely gorgeous! But not only is it beautiful, it’s also full of elegantly illustrated cocktail recipes, most of them very easy to recreate at home. Regarding Cocktails by Sasha Petraske and Georgette Moger-Petraske must be one of the best, if not THE best new cocktail book of 2016.… Continue reading Book: Regarding Cocktails

Will it blend?

In outdated Swedish cocktail book “Drinkar” (Drinks), first published 1988, there is a rather interesting chart showing how well different spirits mix with different cocktail bases. The original chart is in Swedish, but below is our translation (and the original even further down). Now some combinations are classics. Vodka/Tomato Juice, Gin/Tonic, Rum/Coca Cola and Campari/Soda… Continue reading Will it blend?

Book: The Bar Book

The cover of the book shows eight strainers. This is not what you’d typically need in your home bar, but rather in a commercial bar. However, apart from what the cover might suggest, The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Martha Holmberg is aimed at providing basic cocktail knowledge for home bar enthusiasts. The chapters cover topics… Continue reading Book: The Bar Book

Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails

One of our cocktail books taken out most often is Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh. This book is a treasure cove for fans of the American 1920’s cocktail era. Most recipes in the book are very valid also today, and ingredients are surprisingly available. There is a lot of background information on each… Continue reading Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails

Book: Liquid Intelligence

Now it gets really nerdy. Liquid Intelligence by Dave Arnold is probably one of the most technically advanced cocktail books available. The byline of the book actually is “The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail”. There are not a lot of recipes in the book, here methods of obtaining the perfect cocktail is in… Continue reading Book: Liquid Intelligence

Book: Death & Co

Death & Co by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day is obviously the book with recipes from the corresponding bar in New York. While we have yet to visit this bar, several of the recipes we’ve already tried at home. And this is big book! There are several hundreds of cocktails to mix, most… Continue reading Book: Death & Co

Book: Distilled

It’s nice to use high quality spirits when mixing cocktails. In later years there’s been a boom of crafted spirits in smaller batches. It’s not only about the big brands anymore (although these also can be good of course). A beautiful book celebrating these high quality spirits is Joel Harrison’s and Neil Ridley’s “Distilled” first… Continue reading Book: Distilled

Book: Gin & Tonic

A Gin & Tonic is one of the most iconic cocktails out there. It is super easy to do, just pour some gin and top up the glass with tonic water. However, with all crafted gin brands, and small batch tonics available today, making the perfect GT could take some practice. However the perfect guide was… Continue reading Book: Gin & Tonic

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