Drink is an extensive journey through cocktails and everything it takes to make them. Beautifully laid out with elegant photography, this manual has everything you will need to make some mixing magic. For beginners, it may come across as slightly intimidating, but after flipping through it, you realize the writing style is instructional for you to enjoy. For moderate to advanced professional bartenders that have mastered the basics, this is a perfect step to continue your journey; you may get cool ingredients out of it, learn interesting stories, and read important interview.
Within this guide lays 1,100 recipes, the history of cocktails, how spirits are created, and information on the brands that propel those spirits. It showcases some of the coolest cocktail bars and interviews with the leaders that drive them. This is more than a book of cocktail recipes, it is a storybook bringing it all together.
Opening up the package, my first thought looking at Drink was “Encyclopedia Cocktalia!”. But don’t let this massive bohemoth of a book intimidate you! As a home bartender humbled enough to be in the constant company of Professional Bartenders, besides the gorgeous layout and over 1,000+ recipes, I was pleased to see that content gives the average person a peek into cocktail culture industry whether it’s a sidebar explaining Negroni Week, a cameo of a bar such as Bar Hemingway in Paris or in-depth interviews (“Industry Insiders”).
Going beyond the average cocktail book, there are sections on the role of ice in a cocktail, infusions and its impact on mocktails (which “live and die on taste alone”),shrubs,and a dedicated chapter to flask cocktails (!)
This book makes a great addition to your shelf and is a fun and informative read about spirits and cocktails Kurt’s own journey through bartender culture.
One of the best things about being a bartender in New York is community.
In May 2018, Bartender Chris Reed of Bar Goto in the Lower East Side was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal
cord. Since the diagnosis, Chris has been attempting to continue to work as much as he can but his health has been rapidly deteriorating. Bar Goto owner, Kenta Goto and his team have started a GoFundMe page.
Please donate to the GoFundMe if you can. and/or share the link with others.
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller
EVENTS AND Such
TONIGHT in BROOKLYN
Say hello to Hazel Alvarado and taste a dram of the Single Malt French Whisky Brenne at tonight's Whiskey Extravaganza in Brooklyn. Don't have a ticket? Women Who Whiskey has been kind enough to extend their 20% discount to friends of WWW members, code WW20. Visit bit.ly/2Daz3UL for tix!
Applications are STILL open for the 2019 session to be held on August 25-28th at the Park South Hotel in NYC.
Admission cost once approved is only $200 and covers instructor led focused courses, hotel accommodations, and meals. (You will need to cover your own travel fees.)