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New Drink Books: Aperitivos, Tiki, Whiskey, Edible Drinks, California, NOLA, & More

Behold a big batch of new drink books, from drink recipes to cocktail culture to history and architecture. 

The below blurbs come from the publishers and are not reviews. 

Aperitivo: The Cocktail Culture of Italy by Marisa Huff 

51quJtlKRZL._SX402_BO1,204,203,200_Kick off the evening as the Italians do, with these recipes for drinks and small dishes from the best bars and restaurants of Venice, Milan, Turin, and beyond. Aperitivo takes the reader on a spirited ride through this cocktail culture, covering variations on all the classics including the Negroni, the Bellini, and the spritz and stopping at the chicest bars that have elevated this ritual to an art form. Many of the drinks are structured around vermouths and other botanical-infused liqueurs, which offer a new world of complex flavors. They yield enticingly simple cocktails that refresh—without stunning the palate (thanks to a lighter alcohol content). But Aperitivo is just as much about the food because in Italy, drinking and eating go hand in hand. Recipes feature fried sage leaves, oven-roasted eggplant, and carbonara tramezzini, as well as many delicious riffs on crostini, frittata, and focaccia. Whether planning a party or just having a friend over for a quick drink, Aperitivo brings a whole new spirit of conviviality and true Italian style to the occasion.

 

Whiskey: A Spirited Story with 75 Classic and Original Cocktails by Michael Dietsch

Image001After decades of being seen as an old man's drink, whiskey is booming in popularity. Craft distilleries are popping up all over the United States, making whiskeys not just from corn, rye, and malted barley, but also from grains such as quinoa, blue corn, and triticale. Cocktail lovers, moving away from sweet and fruity flavor profiles, have embraced the earthy, bitter, savory notes that come from the “brown” spirits. In this collection, Shrubs author Michael Dietsch reaches out to those cocktail drinkers with recipes both classic and original, in historical order.

He begins with colonial-era drinks such as Cherry Bounce and the Stone Fence, moving to early whiskey drinks like the Toddy and Julep, and then into the cocktail explosion of the Jerry Thomas era circa 1880s. This leads to the drinks of pre-Prohibition, Prohibition, and post-Repeal, and then to a section on the cocktail renaissance of the last 15 years.

 

Brooklyn Bar Bites: Great Dishes and Cocktails from New York's Food Mecca by Barbara Scott-Goodman

61g0VgcxnQL._SY496_BO1,204,203,200_This lively cookbook celebrates Brooklyn’s happening bar culture—from the mixologists who craft classic and original cocktails to the talented chefs who create delicious dishes made with fresh-from-the-market ingredients to accompany the drinks. Brooklyn Bar Bites covers the offerings of the current crop of popular neighborhood bars, cocktail lounges, and restaurants. A variety of classic and inventive cocktails from Brooklyn’s best bartenders—from a Classic Old Fashioned to a Kimchi Bloody Mary—are showcased. The accompanying dishes range from simple bar snacks, sandwiches, and crostini to small plates. Recipes include Grilled Scallop Ceviche, Ricotta Crostini, and Southern-Style Crispy Pimento Cheese. This entertaining cookbook is also filled with anecdotes about the eateries and their locales. Among the bars featured are the Long Island Bar, a once-gritty riverfront joint that is now an elegant cocktail lounge; Clover Club, with its old-world speakeasy vibe; and Williamsburg’s chic Maison Premiere, known for its oyster bar happy hour and absinthe cocktail menu. With stunning food and location photography, Brooklyn Bar Bites is the perfect companion for food lovers and a must for home mixologists.

 

The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Cocktails by Andre Darlington and Tenaya Darlington

61k1iQj5U-L._SX377_BO1,204,203,200_Libation-loving siblings André and Tenaya Darlington show you how to make cocktails from every era, reimagined for a contemporary palate. Dial back the sugar, and load up on quality ingredients. The New Cocktail Hour shows you how to mix incredible craft cocktails and gives you a complete history of classic recipes and spirits. You’ve never seen a cocktail book like this before! Unique features include:
• 214 vintage and modern recipes, complete with tasting notes
• Tips on pairing cocktails with everything from pizza to oysters
• Suggested brands for building a well-stocked bar
• Seasonal ideas for syrups, shrubs, and garden-to-glass drinks
• Advice for hosting craft cocktails parties at home

 

 

Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau 

51rNQBLIr+L._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_From Milan to Los Angeles, Venice to New York, the spritz—Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitivo cocktail—has become synonymous with a leisurely, convivial golden hour. But the spritz is more than just an early evening cocktail—it’s a style of drinking. In Spritz, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau trace the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncover its unlikely history and culture, explore the evolution of aperitivo throughout Northern Italy, and document the spritz’s revival around the world. From regional classics to modern variations, Spritz includes dozens of recipes from some of America’s most lauded bartenders, a guide to building a spritz bar, and a collection of food recipes for classic Italian snacks to pair alongside.

 

 

 

Iconic Whisky: Tasting Notes & Flavour Charts for 1,500 of the World's Best Whiskies by Cyrille Mald and Alexandre Vingtier

UnnamedFeaturing 1500 listed whiskies from around the world, this exceptional and unique guidebook is a must-have for all whisky amateurs and connoisseurs alike. It provides a visual categorisation of the main aromas (nose, bosy, finish and strength), for each of the 1000 whiskies, plus additional tasting notes for 500 others - based on the authors' uniquely conceived aroma wheel. Including maps showing geographical areas of production and different terroirs as well as 3D illustrations of whisky production, Iconic Whisky provides an amazing wealth of information about the nature and origins of whiskies from all around the world.

From different types of whisky, the different stages of the production process, grain types (and how these affect flavour), casks (sizes and history), glassware and vocabulary, this book contains resources that all amateurs and professionals need to know in order to refine and reinforce their knowledge of the whisky culture and tasting techniques.

 

Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails by Matthew Biancaniello

519Ae1i9GPL._SX294_BO1,204,203,200_Create your own artisanal "farm-to-glass" specialty cocktails using local, seasonal, unusual, and organic produce with this illustrated bartending guide from the renowned cocktail chef who is transforming modern mixology.

Matthew Biancaniello, the former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s famous Library Bar, is creating cocktails the world has never tasted before. Going beyond the quotidian Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, Biancaniello is mixing it up with imaginative drinks such as “The Heirloom Tomato Mojito”, a twenty-five-year-aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry libation named “The Last Tango in Modena,” and a fresh arugula-infused “Roquette.”

One of the fastest-rising and most unique talents in the world of bartending, Biancaniello crafts exciting new drinks based on farm-fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients. A complement to farm-to-table dining, his fresh take on cocktails is ushering in a new age of drinking: “farm-to-glass”, and with the addition of his foraging and gardening methods, “ground to glass.” Captured in gorgeous full-color photographs, the libations in Eat Your Drink are both aesthetically beautiful and delicious.

Eat Your Drink explores cocktails that push boundaries though never-before-imagined flavor combinations. Following Biancaniello’s lead, you too can learn to blend alcohol and food together to create an elevated cocktail experience that requires you to savor, explore and . . . eat your drink.

 

The Beer Geek Handbook: Living a Life Ruled by Beer by Patrick Dawson 

UnnamedWe all have a passion: that one thing that gets us energized and inspired to put in whatever hours it takes to succeed. Patrick Dawson’s passion is beer, and in his newest book, The Beer Geek Handbook, he shows us all the reasons why it should be ours, too. Like a true beer lover, he feels that “the natural path for every gluten-tolerant adult should lead them to falling in love with beer.” And like a true geek, he waxes poetic on the finer points of his favorite liquid. But don’t worry: this is no yawn-inducing dissertation about the merits of quantum mechanics.

From the difference between a porter and a stout (not much) to what the heck a “sessionable” beer is and why you should never under any circumstances drink from a frosted glass, Dawson cheerfully disseminates knowledge gathered from a distinguished career on the barstool. Filled to the brim with quirky illustrations by Greg Kletsel, dos and don’ts, hilarious quizzes, and plenty of fancy terms, The Beer Geek Handbook will serve as the definitive guide to becoming an expert on and an advocate for good beer, without sinking into snobbery, because nobody likes a know-it-all. And the fun won’t stop there: seasoned geeks will get a laugh out of the apt descriptions of their numerous quirks, customs, and behaviors.

 

Distilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits by Capra Press

51dCRSHK+2L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Distilled Stories: California Artisans Behind The Spirits is a book about the spirit makers; distillers tell their personal stories about their journey to the still. Some came from generations of distilling families from the old country and others left high tech or corporate careers to pursue a new venture into the world of distilled spirits. Each backstory is different and engaging. Gritty, funny and informative. The one common denominator is the hard work, tenacity and sacrifice each distiller makes as he/she navigates their own path to the still. The style of each Distilled Story is also different, just like each hand-crafted distilled spirit is different. No two gins or whiskies are alike. There was no attempt to create a template for the distillers to follow to tell their backstories. They were given complete "literary freedom." The result is their own words, unfiltered. This is a book about the distillers and distilleries that have in very recent years emerged on the California landscape. New post prohibition laws are finally acquiescing to the distillery and giving their blessings to tasting rooms and sales. Cocktails are becoming fashionable once again. As such, distilled spirits are all the rage and cocktail bars feature hand-crafted spirits for their specialty drinks.

 

Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity by Allan T. Shulman

61zQ4A9qTDL._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_Richly illustrated with vintage, powerfully graphic, and often glamorous imagery, Building Bacardi tells the story of the iconic brand’s love affair with high design. Anyway you drink it … Bacardi rum is the mixable one. Bacardi is best known for its rum and trademark bat logo, yet the famed spirits company has also been a force in the development of avant-garde art and architecture. True to the company slogan, Bacardi has asserted its corporate identity through buildings designed by a potent mix of modern architects with varying, sometimes radically different approaches to architecture. Corporate headquarters, distilleries, bottling plants, and executives’ private homes have shaped and reflected Bacardi’s position as a regional upstart, a national icon, and a global corporation with outposts in such places as Bermuda, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. Building Bacardi is the first book to explore the twentieth-century architectural legacy of the company.

 

 

Craft Spirits by Eric Grossman

51MaM8PbtvL._SX425_BO1,204,203,200_The first book to combine reference and practical how-to information from the most pioneering distillers around the world, and the first global catalog with photographs of every important craft spirit.

Small-batch artisan spirits have arrived in a big way, with micro-distillery start-ups hitting record levels around the world and hand-crafted spirits crowding the top shelf. From vodka to rum to moonshine and more, Craft Spirits is your guide to which spirits to try and which pioneering distillers to watch.

Craft Spirits will bring out your inner mixologist with cocktail recipes for each spirit it features, and will inspire you to shake or stir your own unique signature cocktail. Tasting notes, step-by-step advice, and profiles of the key micro-distilleries in every category make this book a must-have for enthusiasts.

Highlighting more than 250 of the most important craft spirits, Craft Spirits is the first book of its kind, and author Eric Grossman, a key influencer within the industry, brings his knowledge of craft spirits and international cocktail trends to its pages.

 

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book by Frank Caiafa

413WbGFyctL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_Frank Caiafa—bar manager of the legendary Peacock Alley bar in the Waldorf Astoria—stirs in recipes, history, and how-to while serving up a heady mix of the world’s greatest cocktails. Learn to easily prepare pre-Prohibition classics such as the original Manhattan, or daiquiris just as Hemingway preferred them. Caiafa also introduces his own award-winning creations, including the Cole Porter, an enhanced whiskey sour named for the famous Waldorf resident.

Each recipe features tips and variations along with notes on the drink’s history, so you can master the basics, then get adventurous—and impress fellow drinkers with fascinating cocktail trivia. The book also provides advice on setting up your home bar and scaling up your favorite recipe for a party.

Since it first opened in 1893, the Waldorf Astoria New York has been one of the world’s most iconic hotels, and Peacock Alley its most iconic bar. Whether you’re a novice who’s never adventured beyond a gin and tonic or an expert looking to expand your repertoire, The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book is the only cocktail guide you need on your shelf.

 

Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans by Elizabeth M. Williams and Chris McMillian

51bKfBlttML._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_The Sazerac, the Hurricane, and the absinthe glass of Herbsaint are among the many well-known creations native to New Orleans's longstanding drinking culture. But more than vehicles for alcohol, the cocktails and spirits that complement the city's culinary prowess are each a token of its history. In every bar-side toast or street-corner daiquiri you can find evidence of the people, politics, and convergence of ethnicities that drive the story of the Crescent City.

In Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, Elizabeth M. Williams, founder and director of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, and world-renowned bartender Chris McMillian illuminate the city's open embrace of alcohol, both in religious and secular life, while delving into the myths, traditions, and personalities that have made New Orleans a destination for imbibing tourists and a mecca for mixologists.

With over 40 cocktail recipes interspersed among nearly three hundred years of history, a sampling of premier cocktail bars in New Orleans, and a glossary of terms to aid drink making and mixing, Lift Your Spirits honors the art of a good drink in the city of good times.

 

Tiki with a Twist: 75 Cool, Fresh, and Wild Tropical Cocktails by Lynn Calvo and James O. Fraioli

517O9TT+KtL._SX400_BO1,204,203,200_Can’t get to the Caribbean or the South Pacific but want a delicious taste of those tropical islands? Now you can whip up new, mouthwatering tiki cocktails at home. From the Coconut Cucumber Mojito and the Honeydew Daiquiri to the Nutty Samoan and the Tahiti Spice Tikitini, these sexy, innovative drinks from Lynn Calvo, owner of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, New York, will take your tiki experience to the next level. You’ll learn about:

• tiki culture
• bar tools and techniques
• how to make your own irresistible infusions, purees, and syrups
• the best drinks for your next tropical gathering
• decor tips to create the perfect setting

One sip of these amazing drinks will transport you instantly to a seaside hammock or a sandy beach and make you feel like a born islander.

 

American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites, and One Man's Blues by Dan Dunn 

51nMCeHYBWL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_A professional booze writer whose life spins out of control tries to piece it back together by embarking upon an epic wine-fueled adventure that takes him to every corner of the U.S. Part vision quest, part guidebook, part journey into the bizarre tapestry of American life, it will make you laugh, make you cry and teach you a whole lot about wine.

His bold 15,000-mile road trip took Dunn from Sonoma, California, to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, where he twirled, sniffed, and sipped glass after glass of a vast array of wines with vintners, savants, and celebrities, including Kurt Russell and “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” Jonathan Goldsmith. Dunn’s mission was to transform himself from a heartbroken schlub who barely knew the difference between Merlot and Meritage, into a confident connoisseur capable of wowing others simply by swirling some fermented grape juice around in his mouth and pronouncing it “troubling, yet brilliant.”

In American Wino, Dunn shares it all—the good, the bad, the sublime. As his wine knowledge grows and becomes more complex, he shares it with the reader in the form of digestible, actionable nuggets in each chapter. It’s like a wine-tasting course at your local community college extension program, only with more sex and less crushing despair. An intoxicating blend of travel writing, memoir, and booze journalism that pairs earthy humor with fine wine for hilarious and enlightening results, it is the story of one man’s journey to find himself—and everyman’s journey to better understand the true spirit of this divine elixir.

 

 

 

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