Ten new drink books covering bourbon, aquavit, global booze and global bars, plus recipes for prosecco and Instagrammable cocktails.
A dozen new drinky reads for fall including books on the Bay Area, New York cocktails, 3-ingredient drinks, cocktails on the road, Canadian whisky, Champagne, and drinks of movie spies.
One day science says drinking will make you live forever. The next day science says it will kill you tomorrow. Good Booze, Bad Booze is an Alcademics category where I put all these stories together.
Have you seen enough gift guides yet? Answer: NO YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS ONE.
Recently I reached out to bartenders on Facebook for advice on particular brands and/or categories of dry sparkling wines that they use in cocktails. This is what they said.
Here's something you already know: Sparkling wine + Floral liqueur = fun drink. I hadn't realized until I started writing my latest Fine Cooking blog entry just how many new floral liqueurs have hit the market. In recent years several new floral liqueurs have been brought to market, including St. Germain (elderflower), Esprit de June (grape vine flowers), Rothman and Winter Crème de Violette (violet), Crème Yvette (violet and berries), Fruit Lab Theia (jasmine), J. Witty Spirits Organic Chamomile, and Loft Liqueurs Organic Lavender. So, here is the rest of the story.
I recently received a review copy of Champagne Cocktails by Jared Brown & Anistatia Miller. The book was first published in 1999 and they've just released a 2010 edition. The book's description is: Fancy the classic Champagne Cocktail that Esquire magazine called one of the "Ten Best Cocktails of 1934"? Lean toward something more daring like the creamy, frothy Soyer au Champagne crafted by 1840s celebrity chef Alexis Benoit Soyer? Looking for a modern elderflower-scented sparkler like the Waterloo Sunset or a Negroni Sbagliato? Or are you simply an unrepentant sipper of the bubbly in any way shape or form?...
Sleeves! Sleeves! Sleeves! Everything in sleeves! Moet-Hennessy found the hot new look of the season by putting sleeves on all their products. Perhaps they were inspired by the champagnes they put in sleeves a few seasons ago, like this attractive ice jacket for Veuve-Clicquot. Sassy! Then they did the same thing with flasks of Hennessy V.S. just this year. So fresh! SO funky! Thinking ahead for fall, they knew it would get chilly, and said, "SLEEVES FOR EVERYONE. EVERYONE GETS A SLEEVE!" So they did one for Chopin vodka. It's the puffy jacket for potato vodka. FABULOUS.