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Master the art of craft cocktails -- or just prepare to impress your friends -- with this collection of drink recipes and entertaining ideas for the home bartender!
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
About the Author
Andre Darlington has been writing about the cocktail revolution from a front-row barstool for over a decade. He is a long-time contributor to Madison, WI's alternative weekly, Isthmus, where he has been an award-winning restaurant critic and cocktail columnist. He is a frequent wine and spirits judge in the U.S. and Europe, and, when he encounters a well-stocked bar, cannot resist getting behind the stick.
Tenaya Darlington is a food writer and educator in Philadelphia. By day, she teaches writing at Saint Joseph's University; by night she pens the cheese blog Madame Fromage (madamefromageblog.com). Her book, The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, may be the first cheese guide to suggest pairing cheese with cocktails. Her writing has also appeared in Cooking Light, Global Traveler, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Andre and Tenaya are also co-authors of Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus and Booze and Vinyl.
"Everything you need to know about throwing a successful cocktail party is in this new book."—-Los Angeles Times
"Frustrated with encyclopedic but poorly organized collections that overwhelmed all but the professional bartender, they offer a manual for those wishing to bring the craft cocktail movement home...a great addition for all collections."—-Library Journal
"I haven't been able to put it down. Is it odd to read a recipe book as if it were a novel?"—-San Diego Magazine
"Who it's for: The home bartender that can't decide on what to drink. This book has a little bit of everything, and with eye-catching photos, you'll want it all."—-Epicurious.com
"Individuality is part of this book's charm, much like its ode to an underappreciated ingredient, Dubonnet. The greater success of The New Cocktail Hour is its ability to be many things to a variety of readers and still stand out from the pile of cocktail copycats as both useful and different."
—-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The New Cocktail Hour can help you choose a drink with confidence.... Elevate your craft with DIY bitters, the right tools and glassware, no-fail cocktail ratios and the art of the garnish, all explained in this latest cocktail book. It may be new, but it is destined to be a classic."
—-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Sized to fit on a shelf in your bar, the book has a slightly snarky, humorous tone that makes it an easy read. And the fascinating bits of history will make great cocktail party fodder. ... This new volume is a suitable gift for a recent college grad with a taste for craft cocktails."—-The Virginian-Pilot
"The lavishly photographed book is quite the entertaining read, but its smaller format means that it belongs on the shelf with your liquor, not on the coffee table. As a witty guide to the history and practice of making great cocktails, The New Cocktail Hour is a great addition to the canon of spirits writing."
"An impressively curated inventory of cocktails both old and new with inspired tweaks to some overlooked classics."—-Gear Patrol