Book Review: Champagne Cocktails by Jared Brown & Anistatia Miller
December 27, 2010
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?
Then you'll love the revised and expanded 2010 edition of Miller's and Brown's 1999 classic, Champagne Cocktails. Among the 135 cocktails in this breezy tome, you'll find recipes, tips, wisdoms, witticisms, and wacky quotes from such diverse sources as Voltaire and the British comedy hit Absolutely Fabulous.
Whether you're pouring a Spanish cava, an Italian spumante, prosecco, or franziacorta, a German sekt, or something French this holiday season, you'll find a cocktail--an even a food accompaniment--to suit your taste in the pages of this classic Miller & Brown volume.
The book will soon be out in a Kindle/electronic edition, which will be great because that means it will be searchable.
The book's recipes are grouped by drink category, rather than alphabetically. Each section lists a history of the main drink in the category, like the original Champagne Cocktail or the French 75, then list cocktail derivatives afterwards. More than the recipes, I loved the information and trivia before each drink.
The book is available at Mixellany or on Amazon.com.
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