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Twelve New Drink Books, Four of them About Gin

A new batch of drink books has arrived! This time around it's mostly recipe books, with four! of them on gin. 

As usual, the descriptions below are not reviews by me but text from the publishers. Links are to purchase on Amazon. 

 

The Big Book of Gin by Dan Jones

The big book of ginWith Gin making record sales across the world, there's been a boom in new distilleries and a thirst for new ways to enjoy this juniper-based spirit. Enter Dan Jones, bestselling gin author and cocktail enthusiast, who will make you love this tasty drink even more.

Starting with the history of gin, Dan reveals how the first distilleries opened in the UK in the 1600s, explains the nuts and bolts of making the beverage, as well as all the different trends it has experienced. He'll take imbibers on a journey around the world to some of the top producers, uncovers new trends, and shares over 100 tasty recipes, from classic cocktails, batch drinks, new concoctions, homemade syrups and more, and answers all the gin questions you were afraid to ask. Featuring stylish photography and illustrations throughout, The Big Book of Gin is a comprehensive guide to the renaissance of one of the world's most celebrated spirits.

 

 

That's the Spirit!: 100 of the world's greatest spirits and liqueurs to drink with style by Jonathan Ray 

Thats the spiritCalling all spirit enthusiasts, wannabe mixologists and fans of aperitifs and digestifs... That's the Spirit! is here to guide and entertain you through the world of spirits and liqueurs, including whiskies both familiar and surprising, dangerous tequila and mezcal, gin and its Dutch counterpart genever, under-rated grappa, love-it-or-hate-it Bailey's, legendary absinthe and enough rum to make you book a flight to Jamaica immediately.


Behind this very well-stocked, virtual bar is author Jonathan Ray, who knows a thing or two about alcohol, being drinks editor of the Spectator. Through his personal selection of the 100 most deliciously fascinating spirits and liqueurs in the world, he tells us all about the makers behind the drinks, what makes certain brands so enduring and fascinating, which famous drinkers had one glass too many, and what makes specific tipples taste so irresistible. Among these 100 bottles are tips on your essential home cocktail kit, the world's best cocktail bars, which glassware is right for which drink, and the ultimate way to serve key spirits at home.

 

 

Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World by Derek Brown and Robert Yule

SSWBThe story of the cocktail --"the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet," according to H.L. Mencken --featuring 45 recipes for rediscovered classics and inspired originals.

A cocktail-- the fascinating alchemy of simple alcohols into complex potables-- is an invention as unlikely as it is delicious, and an American innovation whose history marches in step with that of the Republic. In Spirits Sugar Water Bitters, nationally recognized bartender and spirits expert Derek Brown tells the story of the cocktail's birth, rise, fall, and eventual resurrection, tracing the contours of the American story itself.

In this spirited timeline, Brown shows how events such as the Whiskey Rebellion, Prohibition, and the entry of Hawaii into the United States shaped the nation's drinking habits. Brown also tells the stories of the great men and women who made their mark on cocktail culture, including America's Distiller-In-Chief George Washington and modern-day King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, as well as lesser-known mixology heroes like Martha Niblo, the nineteenth-century New York proprietress famous for her Sherry Cobblers, and Frederic Tudor, whose ice-shipping business gave early drinks like the Cobbler and the Mint Julep the chill they needed. Featuring classic and original recipes inspired by each period, this book serves up the perfect mix of geography, history, culture, and taste.

 

A Sidecar Named Desire: Great Writers and the Booze That Stirred Them by Greg Clarke and Monte Beauchamp

Sidecar bookA rollicking illustrated history of alcohol and its literary imbibers, from Jane Austen’s beer brewing to James Joyce’s passion for Guinness to E.B. White’s cure for writers’ block—a dry martini—by celebrated illustrator Greg Clarke and award-winning editor/art director Monte Beauchamp.

“The tools that I need for my trade are simply pen, paper, food, tobacco, and a little whiskey.”

 —William Faulkner 

“I keep a dictionary, a Bible, a deck of cards and a bottle of sherry in the room.”

  —Maya Angelou 

“A writer who drinks carefully is probably a better writer.”

  —Stephen King

Throughout history, there has been no greater catalyst for creativity among writers, so they claim, than a good, stiff drink. In this graphic volume, the authors take us on an unforgettable literary bar crawl, packed with historical factoids, anecdotes, booze trivia, and fascinating detours into the lives of our favorite writers, along with literary-themed cocktail recipes such as Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon and Philip Larkin’s Gin and Tonic set to verse.

For the literary-minded drinker, whether wine, gin, vodka, beer, whiskey, or tequila is your elixir of choice, A Sidecar Named Desire will whet your appetite. Bottoms up!

 

The Tequila Dictionary by Eric Zandona

Tequila dictionaryAn A-Z compendium of everything you need to know about tequila and agave spirits, from history, ingredients and the latest craft tequila techniques to tasting notes and the many regional variations and specialities.

A tequila revolution is taking place, with more and more people learning to appreciate the rich culture, craft and flavor to be found in this unique spirit. The Tequila Dictionary is the drinker's guide to this wonderful world. With hundreds of entries on tequila and agave spirits covering everything from history, culture and ingredients to distilling techniques, cocktails and the many varieties of the drink, spirits expert Eric Zandona explores the truth behind this truly captivating drink.

 

 

 

 

Cities: The First 6,000 Years by Monica L. Smith

Cities"This is a must-read book for any city dweller with a voracious appetite for understanding the wonders of cities and why we're so attracted to them."--Zahi Hawass, author of Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt

A sweeping history of cities through the millennia--from Mesopotamia to Manhattan--and how they have propelled Homo sapiens to dominance.

Six thousand years ago, there were no cities on the planet. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is growing. Weaving together archeology, history, and contemporary observations, Monica Smith explains the rise of the first urban developments and their connection to our own. She takes readers on a journey through the ancient world of Tell Brak in modern-day Syria; Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan in Mexico; her own digs in India; as well as the more well-known Pompeii, Rome, and Athens. Along the way, she presents the unique properties that made cities singularly responsible for the flowering of humankind: the development of networked infrastructure, the rise of an entrepreneurial middle class, and the culture of consumption that results in everything from take-out food to the tell-tale secrets of trash.

Cities is an impassioned and learned account full of fascinating details of daily life in ancient urban centers, using archaeological perspectives to show that the aspects of cities we find most irresistible (and the most annoying) have been with us since the very beginnings of urbanism itself. She also proves the rise of cities was hardly inevitable, yet it was crucial to the eventual global dominance of our species--and that cities are here to stay.

 

The Complete Home Bartender's Guide: Tools, Ingredients, Techniques, & Recipes for the Perfect Drink by Salvatore Calabrese 

CalabreseSharpen your skills and master the classics with THE WORLD’S BESTSELLING COCKTAIL BOOK—now thoroughly redesigned, updated, and with all-new, eye-catching photos.

From advice on setting up your home bar and planning a successful cocktail party to selecting the right glass and choosing the right garnish in three easy steps, The Complete Home Bartender’s Guide has it all. You’ll learn industry terminology, must-have ingredients, including the six essential syrups you should make at home, how to choose a juicy lime every time, how to batch cocktails, how to chill glasses if you don’t have room in your freezer, how to create layers in a drink, and the secret to inventing memorable cocktails. Written by award-winning bartender and industry legend Salvatore Calabrese, this indispensable volume covers everything you need to know and provides recipes for hundreds of drinks—from the Algonquin and the Martini to the Negroni and Zombie—as well as new developments in the cocktail world. It will make the perfect addition to your liquor cabinet or bar cart and will help you create picture-perfect drinks every time.

 

 

Gin Made Me Do It: 60 Beautifully Botanical Cocktails by Jassy Davis 

Gin book

From its delicate floral notes to its crisp citrus bite, gin remains a perennial favorite of cocktail-sippers everywhere. This beautifully illustrated book introduces readers to a host of gin-spirational treats, from the classic to the cutting-edge.

In Gin Made Me Do It, gin aficionado and cocktail maven Jassy Davis explains everything you need to know: how to choose the perfect bottle, mix the ultimate martini, and deliver delicious cocktails for every occasion. Between its colorful illustrations and fascinating dashes of gin history, this book makes a perfect gift for the gin-lover in your life.

 

 

 

 

Ginspiration: The Best Distilleries, Infusions, and Cocktails by Klaus St. Rainer 

GinspirationLearn how premium gin is made and gain insight from profiles of more than 45 gins by distillers from all over the world, acquire top tips on how to serve and taste it, and follow step-by-step instructions to make your own irresistible infusions.

Gin aficionados, let your ima-gin-ation run wild! Curiously quirky yet comprehensive, this is your ultimate guide to choosing and infusing your favorite spirit. Discover 45 of the top craft gins from the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and enjoy an in-depth profile of the smallest commercial distiller of its kind. Soon you'll be familiar with botanical flavors and craft ingredients like raspberry syrup, hibiscus sugar, and smoky ice cubes. Once you know your coupe from your collins, peruse and prepare a gorgeous array of cocktail recipes straight from the mind of international mixologist Klaus St. Rainer. Whether you choose a classic Martini or a Royal Hibiscus Gin Fizz, Ginspiration will put you in the spirit to shake up something sensational.

 

 

Gin Cocktails: Classic & contemporary cocktails by Hamlyn 

Gin book 2A gin-filled collection of classic and contemporary cocktails.

The gin-lover's companion to everything gin and everything cocktail.

There's nothing quite like a gin and tonic on a hot day. Or on a cold day. But then there's nothing like a Dry Martini either. Or a French 75. Or a Negroni. Or a Sloe Gin Sling. Here's a collection of classic and contemporary cocktail recipes that celebrate that favourite spirit of them all... GIN

Cocktails are split into the following chapters:
Light & Floral
Vibrant & Zesty
Intense & Sultry
Sharers and Punches and Sharers
Classics

 

Rum Cocktails by Hamlyn

Rum cocktailsA rum-filled collection of classic and contemporary cocktails.

The rum-lover's companion to everything rum and everything cocktail.

There's nothing quite like a Mojito on a hot day. Or on a cold day. But then there's nothing like a Daiquiri either. Or a Mai Tai. Or a Piña Colada. Or a Long Island Iced Tea. Here's a collection of classic and contemporary cocktail recipes that celebrate a favourite spirit of them all... RUM.

Cocktails are split into the following chapters:
Light & Floral
Vibrant & Zesty
Intense & Sultry
Sharers and Punches
Classics

 

Whisky Cocktails by Hamlyn

Whisky cocktailsA whisky-filled collection of classic and contemporary cocktails.

The whisky-lover's companion to everything whisky and everything cocktail.

There's nothing quite like a Whisky Sour on a hot day. Or on a cold day. But then there's nothing like an Old Fashioned either. Or a Rob Roy. Or a Godfather. Or a Manhattan. Here's a collection of classic and contemporary cocktail recipes that celebrate a favourite spirit of them all... WHISKY.

Cocktails are split into the following chapters:
Light & Floral
Vibrant & Zesty
Intense & Sultry
Sharers and Punches and Sharers
Classics

 

 

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