Several years before the craze in classic cocktails really took off, Ted Haigh wrote the book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails that helped allow it to happen. The book was essential to learning about lost ingredients and drinks, many of which have now made a comeback. People have recreated the drinks and approximated the vintage spirits in the book since then, and new versions of old spirits have come back onto the market.
Since so many of the drinks are no longer lost, it was time for an update. And it sounds like Haigh did a doozy of a job on it. Here is what's new in the new edition:
- There are fully 25% more forgotten recipes to try.
- The book is over twice as long.
- Lots more history and drink explanations (for both the original drinks and the many newly revealed ones as well).
- This new book is hardcover. The cover is water resistant. The result of a clever binding trick, the book opens to any page and lies flat.
- The substantial historical research yielded photographs, discoveries, and insights, much of which will be newly revealed.
- The resource appendix was entirely rewritten with expanded, up-to-date resources.
- There is a completely new section of the book looking at the Internet and the effect it has had on the cocktail renaissance we now enjoy. I name the twenty-five most influential online cocktail pioneers, interview them about it, and share their thoughts.
It just so happens that I am one of those 25 influential cocktail pioneers! (Am I having a good month or what?)
Haigh interviewed me via email a while back when he was rewriting the book. I have no idea what I said but it is probably useless information, full of typos, and long gone stale like unrefrigerated vermouth.
The book comes out July 1 and you can pre-order it on Amazon now:Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them