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All The Best For The Bookshelf This October

From Vodka and Vermouth through to Last Call, this month’s selection of cocktail books will have you reaching for a shaker to make something new

By: Tiff Christie|October 2,2019

The NoMad Cocktail Book

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Originally published as a separate book packaged inside The NoMad Cookbook, this revised and stand-alone edition of The NoMad Cocktail Book features more than 100 brand-new recipes (for a total of more than 300 recipes), a service manual explaining the art of drink-making according to the NoMad, and 30 new full-colour cocktail illustrations (for a total of more than 80 colour and black-and-white illustrations). Organized by type of beverage from aperitifs and classics to light, dark, and soft cocktails and syrups/infusions, this comprehensive guide shares the secrets of bar director Leo Robitschek’s award-winning cocktail program. The NoMad Bar celebrates classically focused cocktails while delving into new arenas such as festive, large-format drinks and a selection of reserve cocktails crafted with rare spirits.
Available via amazon.com – October 22, 2019

Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time

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Everyone knows the parlour game question asked of every chef and food personality in countless interviews: What is the last meal you’d want to eat before you die? But what does it look like when you pose the question to bartenders? In Last Call, James Beard Award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons gathers the intriguing responses from a diverse range of bartenders around the country, including Guido Martelli at the Palizzi Social Club in Philadelphia (he chooses an extra-dry Martini), Joseph Stinchcomb at Saint Leo in Oxford, Mississippi (he picks the Last Word, a pre-Prohibition-era cocktail that’s now a cult favourite), and Natasha David at Nitecap in New York City (she would be sipping an extra-salty Margarita). The resulting interviews and essays reveal a personal portrait of some of the country’s top bartenders and their favourite drinks, while over 40 cocktail recipes and stunning photography make this a keepsake for barflies and cocktail enthusiasts of all stripes.
Available via amazon.com – October 22, 2019

Vermouth: A Spirited Revival, with 40 Modern Cocktails

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Vermouth is hitting its stride―again. The cocktail resurgence has put a spotlight on an often-overlooked ingredient in some of the most iconic cocktails of our time: vermouth. It appeared in America in the 1860s, reigned supreme in drinks like the Manhattan and the Martini, then fell out of favour during the counterculture days of the 1960s. But with artisanal cocktails now the rage, interest in vermouth is at a peak. After all, without it, your martini is merely a chilled vodka or gin.
More and more cocktail lovers are requesting more than a whisper of vermouth in their drinks. In fact, it’s touted as a low-alcohol alternative to sip on its own, or, if the ratio is tweaked, as a tasty way to lighten up more traditionally strong drinks. Vermouth has a rich history, deeply intertwined with that of America, and, here, expert Adam Ford offers the first-ever detailed look into the background of this aromatized, fortified wine, as well as its rise, fall, and revival in America.
With bold and delicious cocktail recipes, there are twists on the classic Boulevardier, the once-forgotten Brooklyn Cocktail, and a refreshing White Negroni. With colour photographs throughout, Vermouth is a must-have book for anyone interested in drinking or learning about, great cocktails.
Available via amazon.com October 15, 2019

Vodka: Shake, Muddle, Stir: Over 40 of the Best Cocktails for Serious Vodka Lovers

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When it comes to boozy beverages, vodka is the undisputed king. From the Bloody Mary to the Moscow Mule, vodka is the alcoholic chameleon that is the base of the many of the world’s most beloved cocktails. In Vodka: Shake, Muddle, Stir, Dan Jones introduces readers to some fun and classy ways to consume this cherished tipple.
Starting with the basic kit for your home bar, and following with the best vodka-makers on the planet, you’ll be shopping for your bartending tools like a pro. With more Martini and Cosmopolitan recipes than you can shake a cocktail shaker at, as well as a glut of amazing cocktails you have never even heard of, this is a collection that will enhance your drink repertoire forever.
Available via amazon.com October 15, 2019

The Modern Gentleman: The Guide to the Best Food, Drinks, and Accessories

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This compact volume introduces modern gentlemen to some of the greatest pleasures in life, from the very best spirits to the most complex hot sauces to the suavest of accessories. The book is targeted to aspiring bon vivants, modern metrosexuals, millennials, and hipsters eager to become the new gentleman. Content not only includes quick guides to great drinks, foods, and cigars, but also makes a case for why every real gentleman needs a great flask, a classic pen, and a watch that may not be “smart” but will make you look and feel like 007.
The book features short essays on each subject, with classic illustrations accompanying each, all in a handsome package that will evoke thoughts of a trusted old leather-bound book.
Available via amazon.com – October 29, 2019

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