Brooklyn Spirits PB: Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough by Peter Thomas Fornatale and Chris Wertz (powerHouse Books) In the popular tradition of farm-to-table cookbooks, Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough, is the first distillery-to-glass cocktail book. Over the past two decades, Brooklyn has become the epicenter of a Slow Food-inspired food and drink revolution. Brooklyn distillers, restaurateurs, bartenders, and cocktail aficionados are changing the way we drink by bringing back old techniques and recipes, and creating new ones that focus on small-batch distilling and fresh, local ingredients. In 2002, craft distilling was made legal in New York State for the first time since Prohibition. Many Brooklyn-based producers such as Greenhook Ginsmiths, Cacao Prieto, Industry City Distilling, Brueckelen, and others have taken advantage of this.
ReMixology: Classic Cocktails, Reconsidered and Reinvented by Julia Hastings-Black & Michael Turback (Skyhorse Publishing) History tells us that once a cocktail achieved prominence at the bar, the impulse to invent variations has been irresistible. ReMixology is a celebration of time-honored cocktails, the fascinating evolution of their formulas, and the inspiration they provide today’s craft bartenders. This book serves as a re-introduction to ten iconic potions, from the Manhattan to the Whiskey Sour, to the Old Fashioned to the Bloody Mary and more, and explores their progression and development in cocktail culture, and showcases a range of innovative and original, yet accessible interpretations that open the door to new possibilities in drinking and entertaining.
Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau (Ten Speed Press) From Milan to Los Angeles, Venice to New York, the spritz—Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitivo cocktail—has become synonymous with a leisurely, convivial golden hour. But the spritz is more than just an early evening cocktail—it’s a style of drinking. In Spritz, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau trace the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncover its unlikely history and culture, explore the evolution of aperitivo throughout Northern Italy, and document the spritz’s revival around the world. From regional classics to modern variations, Spritz includes dozens of recipes from some of America’s most lauded bartenders, a guide to building a spritz bar, and a collection of food recipes for classic Italian snacks to pair alongside.
Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails by Matthew Biancaniello (Dey Street Books) Matthew Biancaniello, the former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s famous Library Bar, is creating cocktails the world has never tasted before. Going beyond the quotidian Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, Biancaniello is mixing it up with imaginative drinks such as “The Heirloom Tomato Mojito”, a twenty-five-year-aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry libation named “The Last Tango in Modena,” and a fresh arugula-infused “Roquette.” One of the fastest-rising and most unique talents in the world of bartending, Biancaniello crafts exciting new drinks based on farm-fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients. A complement to farm-to-table dining, his fresh take on cocktails is ushering in a new age of drinking: “farm-to-glass”, and with the addition of his foraging and gardening methods, “ground to glass.” Captured in gorgeous full-color photographs, the libations in Eat Your Drink are both aesthetically beautiful and delicious.
Brooklyn Bar Bites: Great Dishes and Cocktails from New York’s Food Mecca by Barbara Scott-Goodman & Jennifer May (Rizzoli) This lively cookbook celebrates Brooklyn’s happening bar culture—from the mixologists who craft classic and original cocktails to the talented chefs who create delicious dishes made with fresh-from-the-market ingredients to accompany the drinks. Brooklyn Bar Bites covers the offerings of the current crop of popular neighborhood bars, cocktail lounges, and restaurants. A variety of classic and inventive cocktails from Brooklyn’s best bartenders—from a Classic Old Fashioned to a Kimchi Bloody Mary—are showcased. The accompanying dishes range from simple bar snacks, sandwiches, and crostini to small plates. Recipes include Grilled Scallop Ceviche, Ricotta Crostini, and Southern-Style Crispy Pimento Cheese. This entertaining cookbook is also filled with anecdotes about the eateries and their locales. Among the bars featured are the Long Island Bar, a once-gritty riverfront joint that is now an elegant cocktail lounge; Clover Club, with its old-world speakeasy vibe; and Williamsburg’s chic Maison Premiere, known for its oyster bar happy hour and absinthe cocktail menu. With stunning food and location photography, Brooklyn Bar Bites is the perfect companion for food lovers and a must for home mixologists.