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Your Summer Reading List: Seven New Drink Books on Tea, Tequila, Computer-Generated Recipes, and More

The new drink books keep rolling out! Here is a big selection from which to pick your summer reads. 

Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: Recipes for Innovation from IBM & the Institute of Culinary Education

9781492625711-PRIBM and the Institute of Culinary Education teamed up to develop a cognitive cooking technology that helps cooks everywhere discover and create recipes, utilizing unusual ingredient combinations that man alone might never imagine. In Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, IBM's technology and ICE's culinary experts present more than 65 original recipes exploding with irresistible new flavors. Together, they have carefully crafted, evaluated and perfected each of these dishes for "pleasantness" (superb taste), "surprise" (innovativeness) and a "synergy" of mouthwatering ingredients that will delight any food lover.

Watson and Anthony Caporale, mixologist and Director of Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education, collaborate to create cocktails with unique and unexpected flavors built around protein. These “savory” cocktails all contain one of the typical proteins found on restaurant menus, and the results span a range of flavors from a pancetta washed cider to a shrimp cocktail that unites the appetizer with a drink.  


How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico's Most Traditional Spirit By Chantal Martineau

GringosTequila_coverHow the Gringos Stole Tequila traces the spirit's evolution in America from frat-house firewater to luxury good. But there's more to the story than tequila as upmarket drinking trend. The book offers readers a glimpse into the social history and ongoing impact of this one-of-a-kind drink.

It addresses issues surrounding the sustainability of the limited resource that is agave, the preservation of traditional production methods, and the agave advocacy movement that has grown up alongside the spirit's swelling popularity. In addition to discussing the culture and politics of Mexico's most popular export, this book also takes readers on a colorful tour of the country's Tequila Trail, as well as introducing them to the mother of tequila: mezcal.



The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails by by Tad Carducci & Paul Tanguay with Alia Akkam


9780544302327_hresIn the last 20 years, tequila sales have tripled, reflecting the growing interest in and steady rise of Mexico's drink culture. In The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker, Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay, who collectively have 55 years of professional experience in the beverage industry, step in to provide their expertise on Mexican cocktails. Their 72 exciting recipes go past the classic margarita and include traditional, craft, and spicy drinks such as the Blood-Orange-Cinnamon Margarita, San Fresa Frizz, and Smokey Pablo.

The authors also cover the history of tequila, explain the difference between different tequilas, and offer bonus recipes for aguas frescas, syrups, salts, and some of their favorite Mexican dishes. With vibrant photographs throughout, this is the must-have book on the subject, perfect for home cooks, bartenders, and those who just want to know more about tequila and mezcal.

 Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

ClassicCocktailsCoverSalvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese is one of the world's foremost cocktail experts—and drinks lovers will salut this expanded version of his classic guide. The New York Times called the original edition "a must-have," and now it contains even more: new chapters and loads of new images; up-to-the-minute information on the most exciting cocktail trends, tastes, and techniques; and newly uncovered historical tidbits (like the true origin of the Bloody Mary). Fifty new recipes include long-buried favorites like the turn-of-the-century New Orleans classic Absinthe Suissesse, a barrel-aged Blood and Sand, and the Prohibition-era The Angel's Tit. This elegant volume also includes DIYs for essential cocktail ingredients like Velvet Falernum, recipes for flavored syrups and homemade shrubs, and advice on throwing the very best at-home cocktail parties ever.


Tea Cocktails: A Mixologist's Guide to Legendary Tea-Infused Cocktails by Abigail R. Gehring

Tea Cocktails cover 9781632204493With Abigail R. Gehring’s Tea Cocktails you can join mixologists across the US capitalizing on this trend by infusing cocktails with everything from chamomile to Darjeeling. Teatulia has partnered with Gehring to provide a stunning collection of seventy-five unique hot and cold tea cocktail recipes sure to impress any mixologist or tea lover. Tea, similar to bourbon, tequila, and gin, offers a myriad of flavors: there’s rich, earthy pu-her; grassy and bittersweet green teas; malty black teas; sweet, spicy chai; smoky yerba mate; and delicate white teas, not to mention the variety of herbal options available. Learn how to balance the unique flavors of herbal and black teas with just the right spirits.

Teatulia brings to the book the same passion they bring to their teas, which are grown in a single USDA-certified organic garden in northern Bangladesh and sold across the United States and Canada. With beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the perfect gift for the bartender, budding mixologist, or tea enthusiast in your life.

The River Cottage Booze Handbook by John Wright

Wrig_River Cottage BoozeIn this compact guide,  John Wright details exactly how easy--and fun--it is brew beer, wine, cider, herbal spirits, and fruit liqueurs at home, with ample information, tips, and recipes for novice and advanced homebrewers alike. Each section starts with an introduction to essential techniques and methods, before sharing more than 75 recipes for delicious beverages like sparkling elderflower wine, mead, cherry plum wine, lager, blackberry whiskey, and mulled cider--with a hangover cure thrown in for good measure.

With an introduction from Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall, full-color photographs throughout, and an authoritative, witty author leading the way, The River Cottage Booze Handbook is the ultimate modern homebrewer's book.


You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart

9780142181676_FINALMamrie Hart is a drinking star with a Youtube problem. As host of the bawdy cult-hit, “You Deserve a Drink,” Hart has been entertaining viewers with her signature concoction of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Finally, Hart has compiled her best drinking stories—and worst hangovers—into one hilarious volume. From the spring break where she and her girlfriends avoided tan lines by staying at an all-male gay nudist resort, to the bachelorette party where she accidentally hired a sixty year old meth head to teach the group pole dancing, to the time she lit herself on fire during a Flaming Lips concert, Hart accompanies each story with an original cocktail recipe, ensuring that You Deserve a Drink is as useful as it is entertaining.




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