Over the course of the past two decades, Tony Abou-Ganim has earned his reputation as one of the leaders of the craft cocktail movement. Through his work with food and hospitality legends like Mario Batali, Steve Wynn, and Harry Denton, Abou-Ganim has earned his reputation as the Modern Mixologist, someone bringing the traditional art of mixology into the 21st century for the benefit of new generations. On the heels of the success of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails, Tony Abou-Ganim has written Vodka Distilled as a companion piece focusing entirely on this clear spirit. It is a comprehensive look at the vodka marketplace, geared toward those working in the profession as well as the giant audience of vodka drinkers. This one-of-a-kind resource establishs a new standard in defining and understanding the world's most consumed spirit. Vodka Distilled appeal to both enthusiasts and aficionados by explaining how traditional-style vodkas--those produced in Eastern Europe--differ in character from those made in the West, and how different raw materials and distillation and filtration methods contribute to these variations in character. By breaking down the characteristics of each highlighted vodka, Abou-Ganim helps readers better understand, appreciate, and enjoy this noble spirit.
About the Author
Tony Abou-Ganim grew up in the bar business, learning the craft from his cousin Helen David at the Brass Rail Bar in Port Huron, Michigan, before going on to develop the cocktail programs of numerous restaurants in San Francisco (working with Harry Denton) and New York (working with Mario Batali) and at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. He operates his own beverage consulting firm specializing in bar staff training, product education, and cocktail development, and also serves as the national ambassador of the U.S. Bartenders Guild. Mary Elizabeth Faulkner is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay area.
PRAISE FOR TONY ABOU-GANIM AND THE MODERN MIXOLOGIST:
"Tony Abou-Ganim is the poster boy for modern mixology." Mario Batali
"The [Modern Mixologist] unfolds with wonderfully simple step by step logic that will lead the reader to cocktail expertise...Cheers to a triumph!" Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail and The Essential Cocktail
"One of the top mixologists in the world." Adam Klappholz, Vanity Fair
"This is the Modern Mixologist, this book is the one to get!" Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
"This month Tony celebrates 30 years behind the bar with a new book: The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails...A modern classic from an industry legend." Jim Meehan, GQ
"If you've ever had a greator even a goodcocktail in Las Vegas, one of the people you need to thank is Tony Abou-Ganim." Liquor.com
"[The Modern Mixologist] is both fascinatingfrom a historical perspectiveas well as informational, with all sorts of helpful photos on techniques, tools and other miscellaneous requirements to becoming a better bar chef." Steve Dolinsky, Adventures in Urban Eating
"One of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the past century...[Tony Abou-Ganim's] influenced countless bartenders and has built an empire of modern bartending." Imbibe magazine
"Abou-Ganim is now one of the giants in his industry, yet his new book, The Modern Mixologist, makes cocktails accessible. There is no insider's regalia; there are no navel-gazing anecdotes. Aptly named, The Modern Mixologist is a guide to being just that." Chicago Tribune
"It is a challenge to produce a cocktail book that is unlike all of the others on the market and it is a task that I believe Tony Abou-Ganim has successfully accomplished in his first book, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails." Colleen Graham, About.com: Cocktails
"Who better to deliver an advanced course in home bartending than the 'Modern Mixologist' himself? Tony Abou-Ganim's new book covers specialized glassware, infusions and seasonal drinks, along with 60 of his best recipes." The Tasting Table
"In The Modern Mixologist internationally celebrated cocktail authority Tony Abou-Ganim shares his vast knowledge. This new book combines 60 of Abou-Ganim's very best recipes alongside practical bar tips, cocktail history, as well as quotes from leading authorities and industry personalities." Bar & Beverage Magazine