By David Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
It’s a method, a device equipment, a recipe booklet. starting with one impossible to resist idea--a entire domestic bar of simply 12 key bottles--here’s tips on how to make greater than 2 hundred vintage and special combined beverages, together with sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the precise Martini, the ideal new york, and definitely the right Mint Julep.
It’s a stunning guide--tequila didn’t make the minimize, and neither did bourbon, yet genever did. And it’s a literate guide--describing with nice liveliness every thing from the significance of vermouth and bitters (the “salt and pepper” of mixology) to the tale of a punch bowl so tremendous it was once stirred through a boy in a rowboat.
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