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Libation: A Bitter Alchemy by Deirdre Heekin
I had hoped to meet author Deirdre Heekin at Tales of the Cocktail, where she was signing copies of the book, but if you've been to the convention you know that plans there don't always go according to plan. Unfortunately I haven't had time to read the book yet, but the description is enticing:
Musing on spirits from Campari to alkermes, Heekin’s writing is as intoxicating, rich, and carefully crafted as the wines, liquors, and locales she loves.
It's rare to meet people who write on both wine and spirits, especially in the same book, so I'm excited to see her outlook on things. With (I assume) spirits chapters called Ode to Campari, The Green Hour, Sazerac, and Fiery Particles, there looks to be a fair amount of the hard stuff in the book as a chaser to the wine.
Heekin is a co-owner of a Vermont restaurant for which she produces homemade liqueurs and micro-vintage wines. In this Saveur interview, she tells of her love for Amaro. And here a writer develops a recipe for rose liqueur after reading the book.
If you've read the book, let me know what you think in the comments. And sign up for the Alcademics A-Plus email list for a chance to win a copy.