When you need to step your drink making game up to a PhD level of alcohol wizardry, The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail ($18) by Tristan Stephenson is here to help. In the book, you’ll explore the ingredients necessary to prepare the perfect cocktail and the delicate alchemy of how each works together. You’ll gain insight into a collection of classic cocktails – their origins, the people that inspired them, etc. – before moving on to reinventing each with a contemporary twist. Drink selections include the classic Sazerac and Rob Roy, while modern drink variations include a Green Fairy Sazerac topped with an absinthe ‘air’ or an Insta-age Rob Roy with the ‘age’ on the side. Finally, the book concludes with a helpful reference section detailing the actual techniques you need, the perfect ending to your newly learned cocktail making knowledge.
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