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Tagged With: Cocktail

How to Host with the Most!

American bartender Harry Craddock mixes a drink at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1926. Craddock is known for helping to popularize the Corpse Reviver, one of the drinks featured in "Let's Bring Back: Cocktail Edition." Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Bartender Harry Craddock makes potable magic at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1926. Craddock popularized the ‘Corpse Reviver,’ one of the drinks featured in “Let’s Bring Back: Cocktail Edition.” Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

There exists an old spice merchant proverb dating back to the early 21st century which, roughly translated, advises that “the better the cocktail; the better the party. The better the party; the better the friends.” E’er here to help, we’ve compiled some of our favorite reference materials on the topic. Serve these delicious, humorous, and historical (and of course, spicy!) signature potent potables at your holiday soiree  for insurance on a years’ worth of favors from your party-goers.

Let's Bring Back: Cocktail Edition

Let’s Bring Back: Cocktail Edition

“Let’s Bring Back; The Cocktail Edition” touts itself as a “compendium of impish, romantic, amusing, and occasionally appalling potations from bygone eras.”  The recipes hail from two-hundred year-old sources, right up to the archives of 1950′s iconic restaurant bars. From chuckles to laughs-out-loud, the history and suggestions accompanying each cocktail will have you and your guests tittering for hours, a la,  ”think only pure thoughts while sipping [The Bishop],” or consume a Scofflaw to give you the courage to “Wear white after Labor Day… Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on Seafood Pasta… and all sorts of comparable acts of insurrection.”

“Savory Cocktails” is a slender little tome; an ode to all things sour, spicy, herbal, umami, bitter, smoky, high, and strong. These drinks are undeniably sexy — what a modern-day Don Draper might imbibe. They’re interesting and nuanced, and legions away from fru-fru — no neon-hued apple-tinis here! Sophisticated foodies only need apply. Try a subtle Green Tea Gimlet (I’d pick jade green Mao Feng to offset the lime), or a Dog’s Nose, made with, of all things, powdered porcini mushrooms in combination with porter and shaved nutmeg. This book calls for a wide variety of flavored bitters- pick up a Scrappy’s sampler pack or two to complete the package.

Winter Cocktails

Winter Cocktails

Though we love classic Mulled Wine and Eggnog, there’s so much more to winter-y cocktails than these two standbys. Enter, “Winter Cocktails.” Learn how to give hot chocolate a grown-up twist with lavender flowers and Earl Grey tea, or elevate your ski-lodge lounge with a “Rosy Cheek,” sprinkled with the rosy cheeks of cracked pink peppercorns. In addition to inspired beverages, this book also has a fabulous section on infusing alcohols at home — Rose-infused gin, anyone? Pair any one of these liquors or cocktails with their suggested finger foods. This is a one-stop-shop for great winter entertaining.

No list of cocktail books would be complete without a mention of the “Drunken Botanist,” shop best-seller and staff favorite since spring. As the name implies, this book unites the best of science and insobriety, leading an alphabetical nature walk from Agave to Strawberry and hitting all the best booze-making plants in between. Learning and jubilating skip hand-in-hand in this volume, the pages dotted with recipes for classic cocktails, as well as tips for updating old favorites in single servings and “pitcher” fulls.

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

Out of a workshop in Brooklyn comes “Shake,” self-described as ”one part instructional recipe book, one part photo journey, and one part inspirational pep talk” for mixing spectacular cocktails at home. The approach is seasonal and straightforward, focused on simplicity, socializing, and, above all, fun! Our copy in the shop comes with the sweetest Mason jar cocktail shaker, pictured on the front of the book, for an automatic out-hipster of just about any one. (Pair with the Art of Fermentation- pickle it! for the win.)

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Christmas in a Glass!

The first time I ever had a Lion’s Tail, I thought it tasted like Christmas in a glass, and it immediately became my go-to libation of the holiday season. This classic cocktail offers up the perfect, winter warming combination of bourbon, citrus and spice that dances on the palate. We’ve played around with many twists on the original theme and are including recipes for the “classic” and “spice-lover’s” versions for you to enjoy.

True Allspice Dram is sometimes hard to find. If its not available in your area, or if you love a great infusion project, look for our DIY version coming soon.

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Lion’s Tail Cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce allspice dram
dash Angostura bitters
1 teaspoon simple syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a twist of lime.
http://www.silkroaddiary.com/christmas-in-a-glass/

 

Grabbing the Lion by the Tail

Ingredients

2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
Goodly dash of Cardamom Bitters

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a twist of lime.
http://www.silkroaddiary.com/christmas-in-a-glass/

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