GSN Review: Cocktail & Sons Fassionola Syrup

While we were all stuck at home during the pandemic, at-home cocktail mixing was at an all-time high. Amatuer bartenders everywhere were making their own concoctions using simple, everyday ingredients. For those looking to level up their home bar inventory, Cocktail & Sons’ Fassionola is a unique and delicious syrup that significantly elevates classic and craft cocktails alike, such as the Hurricane and Cup of Cheer. In New Orleans, they’re officially in strawberry season and Fassionola syrup is available for purchase again, while supplies last.

Led by husband and wife team Max Messier and Lauren Myerscough, Cocktail & Sons have been making high-quality mixers and syrups using natural ingredients, local produce, and real sugars grown by Louisiana farmers since 2014. Among all of their products, Cocktails & Sons’ Fassionola is among their most popular. A re-imagining of the lost tiki syrup first produced in the 1950s for the original Hurricane cocktail, Fassionola is made using fresh strawberries from Johndales Farm in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, hibiscus flowers and lime. With a sweet flavor profile consisting of pineapple, mango and passionfruit, Fassionola is the go-to choice for making unique libations at home.

GSN’s Remarks: The strawberry character comes through loud and clear. The hibiscus has a softer touch, but is still noticeable. The other fruits don’t carry so much in terms of flavor, but add a tropical tartness to the affair. We really enjoyed this recreation of a lost syrup. Definitely try it in a Hurricane. You will never go back to pre-mixes or powders. We especially appreciate the support that the company shows to local farmers. Be sure to check out some of their many other syrups. They even have a few sample packs, along with seasonal releases like King Cake syrup and Watermelon & Thai Basil. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Cocktail & Sons

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GSN Review: Pink House Alchemy’s Bee’s Knees Cocktail Kit

Photo by Kat Wilson

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Pink House Alchemy is back with their iconic Bee’s Knees Cocktail Kit, inspired by the florals of spring. Perfect for the mom who loves to host or relax with a delicious beverage.

The kit includes a 16 oz bottle of Lavender syrup, 4 oz bottle of Honeysuckle bitters, 4 dehydrated lemon slices for garnish, bee pollen lavender rimming sugar, a pH Botanicals greeting card, and a recipe card for a unique version of a Bee’s Knees cocktail. Just add vodka or gin at home, or leave as-is for a delicious mocktail.

GSN’s Remarks: This really is a great little kit, with several bespoke ingredients that you’d be hard pressed to make yourself. We especially like the lavendar syrup which is becoming quite trendy in the cocktail world this year. Also of particular note is the bee pollen lavendar rimming sugar. It really ties the whole drink together with a floral and bee-centric focus. We prefer to use gin in our Bee’s Knees, but vodka will also work as well. We also highly recommend the other products that Pink House Alchemy crafts. Great stuff! GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Pink House Alchemy

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GSN Alert: Cocktail & Libations Book Preview – Spring 2022

Time for our quarterly round up of new books. Plenty of titles to please eeryone from beerlovers to spirits and cocktails enthusiasts!

Chicago Beer: A History of Brewing, Public Drinking and the Corner Bar (American Palate) by June Skinner Sawyers The History Press (March 21, 2022) Long before corner bars stitched the social fabric of Chicago’s neighborhoods together, raucous pioneers like Mark Beaubien were fermenting over the untapped potential of the unbroken prairie. Take a determined saunter from the clamor of Chicago’s first breweries, through the hidden passages of thousands of speakeasies and then back into the current of the contemporary craft beer revival. Follow a path plastered with portraits of infamous saloonkeepers and profiles of historic bars. Author June Sawyers serves as an expert guide, stopping every so often to collect a vintage beer label, explain an original recipe or salute the heady history that sits atop the City of Big Shoulders.

Sammy Hagar’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites from the Red Rocker by Sammy Hagar (Author), James O. Fraioli (Author), Guy Fieri (Foreword) Skyhorse (March 29, 2022) Sammy Hagar may be best known as the former frontman of the iconic band Van Halen. His fans know him as the Red Rocker and as the songwriter behind hits like “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” However, music is just one of his passions. Sammy is a businessman, a connoisseur of great cocktails, and the creator of Cabo Wabo Tequila, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rums, and—along with his good friend and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri—a line of Santo Tequilas and Mezquila. He created Cabo Wabo Cantinas and Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grills so people could hang out with their friends and families, have a few drinks, laugh, and enjoy the good times and unique cultures of the places he enjoys most—and the recipes in Sammy’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites from the Red Rocker reflect those differences.

Claridge’s – The Cocktail Book: More than 500 Cocktail Recipes for Every Occasion by Claridge’s Mitchell Beazley (April 5, 2022) This glorious guide contains all the inspiration you’ll need for the cocktail hour, with a spirited – and no/low – selection of more than 500 recipes suitable for every occasion. Whatever your tastes and wherever your location, this new bartender’s bible will enable you to share the magic of Claridge’s with family and friends, from your own cocktail cabinet. Co-authored by Denis Broci (Director of Bars) and Nathan McCarley-O’Neill (Director of Mixology), this handsome volume encompasses classics from every period in Claridge’s history, new inventions that reflect the evolution of the art of drink-making and drinks of every style from every elegant space within this grand institution. Whether you prefer something sparkling, sweet, stirred, complex, sharp, refreshing, bracing or sour, an inviting glass awaits.

The Weird and Wonderful Story of Gin: From the 17th Century to the Present Day by Angela Youngman Pen and Sword History (April 6, 2022) Gin is a global alcoholic drink that has polarized opinion like no other, and its history has been a roller coaster, alternating between being immensely popular and utterly unfashionable. The Weird and Wonderful Story of Gin explores the exciting, interesting and downright curious aspects of the drink, with crime, murder, poisons, fires, dramatic accidents, artists, legends and disasters all playing a part. These dark themes are also frequently used to promote brands and drinks.Did you know that the Filipinos are the world’s biggest gin drinkers? And even that Jack the Ripper, Al Capone and the Krays all have their place in the history of gin? Not to mention Sir Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and James Bond!

Rum Rebels: A Celebration of Women Revolutionizing the Spirits Industry, with Cocktail Recipes by Martyna Halas (Author), René van Hoven (Author) Yellow Pear Press (April 12, 2022) Once known as a sailor’s drink, rum has matured into a refined spirit. In some Caribbean countries, rum is offered as a libation to the gods. In others, it is aged and savored on the rocks. But in the most magical places, rum is distilled by women. Inside Rum Rebels, you’ll find personal anecdotes from master blenders, fabulous recipes for artisan rum cocktails, and the inside scoop on the magic behind Appleton, Zacapa, Cachaça Maria Izabel, Brugal, and more. The art of cocktails, rum, and women. A pirate staple, rum has been the drink of rebels since the Old World. Now, there’s a new generation of rebels—the business women curating the taste of today’s best rum companies. Part rum cocktail book, part ode to feminism, Rum Rebels is a story of female empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Looking at more than a dozen rum distilleries, each chapter of Rum Rebels profiles women in leadership, their rum, and the perfect cocktail pairing. Learn how rum is made. Alongside women leaders and pioneers, this worldwide master class explores everything from palates to aging, providing first-hand stories from today’s leading rum distilleries. Whether a beginner or a seasoned rum enthusiast, Rum Rebels is the perfect read for anyone curious about the craft of rum distilling, artisan cocktails, or female leaders in history.

Texas Cocktails: The Second Edition: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Lone Star State (City Cocktails) by Nico Martini Cider Mill Press (April 12, 2022) From big city lounges to dusty roadside dives, delve into the Texas drinks scene with this newly expanded and updated edition of the best-selling Texas Cocktails, 2nd Edition. With over 100 recipes and dozens of profiles of bartenders, drink like a Texan, whether you’re just visiting or entertaining at home. Locals and tourists alike will discover new watering holes that are sure to satisfy tastes as varied as Texas is large. Far more than just a recipe book, Texas Cocktails, 2nd Edition features signature creations by the best mixologists from Houston to El Paso, and everywhere in between.

Beer Stained Pulp: A Collection of Nicely Designed British Beer Mats from the Past by Adam Kimberley Unicorn Publishing Group (April 13, 2022) Beer Stained Pulp is a massive hit of nostalgia that will have readers reminiscing about late nights at the pub, yearning for long-gone breweries, recalling weird and wonderful advertising campaigns, and commemorating moments in British culture. Those handy little beer mats on the bar top not only catch your spills—they also catch your eye. A wonderful source of creative inspiration, vintage beer mats are beautiful examples of composition, typography, illustration, and graphic design. Showcasing eighty nicely designed vintage British beer mats in full color, this book will have readers appreciating these little masterpieces for what they truly are.

Booze & Vinyl Vol. 2: 70 More Albums + 140 New Recipes by André Darlington (Author), Tenaya Darlington (Author) Running Press Adult (April 19, 2022) A follow-up to the bestselling listening party guide, Booze & Vinyl, this is an all-new collection of groundbreaking music paired with mood-setting cocktails. Get set to party with 70 great records—organized by theme, from Rockin’ to Beats, Mellow to Jazzy & Bluesy—spanning the 1950s to today. Each entry features liner notes on the album and two accompanying boozy beverage recipes that complement the music. Among the featured albums are: Are You Experienced? (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Toys in the Attic (Aerosmith), Synchronicity (The Police), Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morisette), The B52s (The B52s ), Gipsy Kings (The Gipsy Kings), Violator (Depeche Mode), Ready to Die (The Notorious B.I.G.), Play (Moby), Lemonade (Beyoncé), Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John), So (Peter Gabriel), Whitney Houston (Whitney Houston), Oops!…I Did it Again (Britney Spears), Getz/Gilberto (Stan Getz and João Gilberto), A Love Supreme (John Coltrane).

The Philosophy of Whisky (British Library Philosophy of series) by Billy Abbott British Library Publishing (May 1, 2022) From illicit distillation to worldwide export, whisky has a powerful and multi-faceted history. Writers including Robert Burns, James Joyce and Haruki Murakami have all mused on it, and there are strong opinions on every aspect, even down to how the word itself should be spelled. A staple of the classic cocktail, whisky is at the heart of diverse cultures around the globe, both in the established whisky traditions of Scotland and Ireland and in newer practices, such as the first Swedish malt whisky distillery, Mackmyra, opened in 1999. This book will take you to whisky landmarks all over the world, including the record-breaking Karuizawa distillery in Japan and Kavalan, the distillery that put Taiwanese whisky on the map. Get to grips with the four key ingredients – grain, wood, yeast and time – then learn how to taste whisky like a pro, from glassware to cocktails, and become a part of the international whisky family.

Whisky: The Manual: 102 Whiskies, 5 Ways by Dave Broom Mitchell Beazley (May 3, 2022) This highly accessible and enjoyable guide is full of practical and fascinating information about how to enjoy whisky. All whisky styles are covered, including (just whisper it) blends. Along the way a good few myths are exploded, including the idea that whisky has to be taken neat. In ‘What to Drink’, Dave Broom explores flavor camps – how to understand a style of whisky and – moves on to provide extensive tasting notes of the major brands, demonstrating whisky’s extraordinary diversity. In ‘How to Drink’, he sets out how to enjoy whisky in myriad ways – using water and mixers, from soda to green tea; and in cocktails, from the Manhattan to the Rusty Nail. He even looks at pairing whisky and food. In this spirited, entertaining, and no-nonsense guide, world-renowned expert Dave Broom dispels the mysteries of whisky and unlocks a whole host of exciting possibilities for this magical drink.

The Art of Whisky by Ernie Button Chronicle Books (May 10, 2022) The Art of Whisky is a breathtaking and unusual gift book for whisky connoisseurs, celebrating the spirit from an unexpectedly beautiful angle. By chance, award-winning photographer Ernie Button noticed the intricate patterns formed in the residue at the bottoms of (almost) empty whisky glasses—each as different as a snowflake—and began photographing them with inventive lighting techniques. The resulting images are exquisitely gorgeous, evoking earthly landscapes and extraterrestrial visions. This book collects nearly 100 of those photos—each one more amazing than the last—and features delightful touches such as tasting notes, information on the science of what we’re seeing, and writing about single malt Scotch by Scotland’s leading whisky expert Charles MacLean, commissioned exclusively for this book. The captivating photographs begin with the qualities that make single malt scotch so exquisite, get an assist from the natural wonder of fluid dynamics, and a finish of artful production that makes each unique and surprising. Princeton University Professor Howard A. Stone, who has studied and published on the science behind Button’s Vanishing Spirits photographs, contributes a text on the science of what we see. Renowned whisky expert and author Charles MacLean writes here on the unique qualities of single malt scotch and contributes notes about the special aspects of Scotland’s whisky-producing regions.

Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake: Rice, Water, Earth by Nancy Matsumoto (Author), Michael Tremblay (Author), John Gauntner (Foreword) Tuttle Publishing (May 10, 2022) Whether you’re a sake novice or an experienced connoisseur, Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake offers fascinating insights, practical tips, and rich stories about this popular beverage. Authors and experts Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay personally undertook the challenge of visiting 35 artisanal sake breweries in Japan, the US, and Canada to interview makers and document every stage of the sake brewing process. Nancy’s celebrated journalistic background combined with Michael’s sake sommelier experience have led to an engaging and informative look at the world of sake. This book also includes personal recipes from several top Japanese sake-brewing families along with food-pairing tips and a chapter on the authors’ own Japanese sake-bar-going adventures.

Wild Brews: The craft of home brewing, from sour and fruit beers to farmhouse ales by Jaega Wise Kyle Books (June 28, 2022) Produced using a mixture of naturally occurring yeasts and bacteria, wild fermented beers offer the ‘fine dining’ of the beer world. These beers are how beer tasted 200 years ago, before brewing was industrialized, and are enjoying a worldwide revival. Jaega Wise, head brewer at East London’s Wild Card Brewery, is one of the UK’s experts in wild fermentation. Here, she explains the science behind the brewing process and shares her recipes so that you can experiment at home. Learn how to brew, bottle, and age your beer in wooden barrels, and produce a range of different sour beer styles, farmhouse ales and fruit beers. Also included is a trouble-shooter section to guide you through what happens when wild yeast and bacteria get out of control and how to remedy it. Whether you are a beer geek or a home brewing novice, Wild Brews contains everything you need to replicate today’s sour and wild beer styles at home.

The Spirits: A Guide to Modern Cocktailing by Richard Godwin Square Peg (June 1, 2022) Want to master the art of mixology from home? Of all the skills you might acquire in life, the ability to make a good cocktail will never be a waste of time. In this classic guide to cocktailing, writer, columnist and founder of The Spirits newsletter – “a book club but for cocktails” – Richard Godwin offers over X delicious, inventive and accessible recipes. Beautifully written, laugh-out-loud funny and full of practical good sense as well as fascinating historical snippets, this little book contains everything that an amateur needs to up their cocktailing game – and increase the sum of human happiness.

Drink Like a Local New York: A Field Guide to New York’s Best Bars by Amanda Schuster Cider Mill Press (June 7, 2022) Anyone can claim to know their way around the New York bar scene, but it takes a true local to find those hidden gems that embody the spirit of Gotham. Featuring 50 bar profiles highlighting bartenders, memorabilia, and the bustling history of the New York bar scene, including Prohibition-era cocktails sure to stun, you’ll find yourself right at home with Drink Like a Local New York. With recipes from timeless locations and profiles on some of the best bartenders you’ve never heard of, you’ll never find yourself without a drink in the Big Apple. Beautifully illustrated pages showcase the heart of each location, and you will feel like you’re really there long before you order your first drink. This is the perfect gift for New York natives and lovers alike.

Drink Like a Local Miami: The Insider’s Guide to South Beach and the Magic City by Gabriel Urrutia Cider Mill Press (June 7, 2022) Featuring 50 bar profiles highlighting bartenders, memorabilia, and slice-of-life history about the Miami bar scene, you’ll find yourself right at home with Drink Like a Local Miami. While anyone can find a high-profile bar in Miami, it takes an expert to discover the hidden drinking gems in the city. Featuring 50 bar profiles highlighting bartenders, memorabilia, and slice-of-life history about the Miami bar scene, you’ll find yourself right at home with Drink Like a Local Miami.With recipes from timeless locations and profiles on some of the best bartenders you’ve never heard of, you’ll never find yourself at a loss for your next drink with this book at your side. Beautifully illustrated pages showcase the heart of each location. You’ll feel like you’re really there long before you order your first drink. This is the definitive gift for Miami natives and lovers alike.

Wild Drinks: The new old world of small-batch brews, ferments and infusions by Sharon Flynn Hardie Grant (June 7, 2022) Wild Drinks is the definitive book on infusing, brewing and fermenting delicious and often nutritious things to drink, from mead to kombucha to cider to kvass. With the entertaining and assuring voice of fermentation expert Sharon Flynn, it is a perfect jumping off point for anyone who is curious to learn more about this magical and witchy world. Across six chapters, Wild Drinks features more than 60 recipes. Learn the basics of wild fermentation and read about the equipment you need to start your fermentation journey. Discover drinks made from grain, including doburoku (farmhouse sake), wild beer and kvass; explore recipes for wild apple cider, country wine and wild soda; try water kefir, kombucha, ginger beer and fruit vinegars, and come to understand the art of imparting flavor, from shrubs to flavored waters to syrups and liqueurs. And in the spirit of reducing waste, the final chapter shows how to use fermentation byproducts – ranging from crackers made from sake lees to kimchi pancakes, nettle risotto and Basque cider chicken. Recipes include fascinating historical context and quick tips, and Sharon considers the traditions associated with these ancient fermentation practices too.

Make it a Double: From Wretched to Wondrous: Tales of One Woman’s Lifelong Discovery of Whisky by Shelley Sackier Pegasus Books (June 7, 2022) Braving the “all boys” clubhouse of the world of whisky has not been easy, but Shelley Sackier has managed to do just that out of her love for the drink. By turns funny and poignant and filled with vivid insight into this ancient craft, Make it a Double will persuade even a teetotaler to want a wee dram. As a woman whose first sip of whisky created the female doppelganger of a Mr. Yuk sticker, that experience produced a sharp realization that the liquid was foul, poisonous, and needlessly dirtied a previously clean glass. And then she met Scotland. Her curiosity and growing passion lit a fire—igniting a desire to learn more about this craft’s rich and vivid history and the need to break out of an old life and to become the mother, partner, and woman she has always sought to be. After completing a course in Scotland’s famed Bruichladdich Distillery, Shelley begins her path of writing about—and working within—the world of whisky. There has never been a better time for Shelley’s inimitable voice to shed light on this intoxicating realm. Women are not only impressively contributing to the burgeoning sales of the spirit—making up nearly 40% of the whiskey-drinking population in the United States—but they are also growing in number as they enter in to, train within, and lead the industry with their determined creativity and innovation. In the tradition of Blood, Bones, and Butter, Make it a Double establishes Shelley Sackier as a fresh new voice in the lush world of culinary narrative.

Caesar Country: Cocktails, Clams & Canada by Aaron Harowitz (Author), Zack Silverman (Author) Appetite by Random House (June 7, 2022) In this stunning book, Aaron Harowitz and Zack Silverman—co-founders of Walter Craft Caesar—take you on a deep and detailed dive through the art and science of Caesar making. They share a compelling collection of cocktail and food recipes, including contributions from some of Canada’s top bartenders and chefs, showcasing the countless ways to reinterpret the classic Caesar. Caesar Country is inspired by travels across Canada—the people met, places seen, drinks enjoyed—and seamlessly weaves together the Caesar’s history, evolution,and the innovators behind it, to create a visual and culinary celebration of the country it calls home.

Black Mixcellence: A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology by Tamika Hall (Author), Colin Asare-Appiah (Author) Kingston Imperial (June 7, 2022) Black Mixcellence: A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology is a tribute to the contributions of Black and Brown mixologists to the spirits and mixology industries. Many pivotal events in the history of mixology have been ushered in by the contributions of African-American men and women. These moments have opened doors and laid the foundation for brands and companies to flourish. This book features stories about some of the industry’s most notable trailblazers. Whether it was entrepreneurship, education or a “famous first,” the featured mixologists have all contributed to the industry to make an impact in their own ways. This collective of mixologists and their signature cocktails represent different parts of the globe. There will be connections to important inventions and milestone moments by African Americans in the bartending industry weaved in between their stories.

The Bartender’s Manifesto: How to Think, Drink, and Create Cocktails Like a Pro by Toby Maloney (Author), Emma Janzen (Author), The Bartenders of The Violet Hour (Author) Clarkson Potter (June 14, 2022) Offering a foundational approach to cocktails, this manual from a James Beard Award-winning trailblazer will have you understanding and creating original drinks like a seasoned barkeep. Take a raucous romp through the essential stages of fashioning cocktails and learn the hows and whys of bartending with acclaimed mixologist Toby Maloney and the team from The Violet Hour. When the pioneering cocktail bar opened in Chicago in 2007, it set a high standard with an innovative training program that teaches not just how to replicate classic cocktail recipes flawlessly, but how to embrace ingenuity, make smart decisions, and create original, inspired recipes from rote. Like cooks who can peer into their pantry and whip up dinner on the fly, no recipe needed, those who follow the methods in The Bartender’s Manifesto will have the technical foundation and confidence to take their cocktail skills to the next level and fabricate a drink from any ingredients at hand. First, dive deep into the mechanics of creating cocktails with the right balance, texture, aroma, and temperature. From there, Toby goes well beyond the fine-tuned mechanics of the craft, covering how to kickstart the creative process and bring professional-level complexity and sophistication to drinks. Additional essays offer insider intel on how to offer top-notch hospitality (at the bar and at home), find comfort in the everyday rituals of the craft, and spark surprise and curiosity in the process. With detailed insights into The Violet Hour’s greatest recipes, expert tips from bar alumni, and helpful step-by-step illustrations and photographs, readers will come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the bar’s training program so legendary, plus the superpower of creating imaginative cocktails that reflect their personal style and creativity.

GSN Review: Lardera Wood Collar Coffeemaker

Lardera introduces an affordable and aesthetically beautiful version of the classic Chemex style borosilicate glass carafe with wood collar and optional high-precision stainless steel infuser. Brew 27oz of coffee effortlessly anytime you have fresh beans on hand. Use Chemex paper or the permanent stainless steel filter, which we recommend for it’s environmentally friendly usefulness. Cleanup is a snap, as all items are dishwasher safe. Works well with other items in the Lardera line, including their scale & timer and smart electric kettle which GSN has previously reviewed.

GSN’s Remarks: An affordable and beautifully crafted pour-over for coffee lovers. We love the mid-century modern look, and the ease of cleanup. We also appreciate the stainless steel filter which you can order separately. Never again worry about running out of paper filters. We are impressed once again with the quality of the Lardera line of products. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Lardera Wood Collar Coffeemaker

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GSN Review: Lardera Chestnut Grinder

A gorgeous hand-grinder design with 38mm CNC Stainless Steel conical burrs and 30g of grinder capacity. Hardened 55-58 HRC burrs and double bearing central axis produce a uniform grind, with few coarse grains or powder. It’s also versatile with 36 grind settings, ranging from iced coffee to espresso. A compact 52 mm aluminum body makes it easy to grasp and a weight of under a pound makes it light enough to take anywhere. At home or on the road, enjoy the uniform performance of this impressive hand grinder.

GSN’s Remarks: This is the Lardera version of the popular TIMEMORE Chestnut Grinder. It feels great in the hand, looks stunningly artistic, and is a breeze to use. We experimented with different grinds and found that you can achieve everything from espresso (super-fine) to pour over (fine) to French Press (coarse) with a few simple clicks of the dial. We really love the idea of bringing this until with us while traveling so that we can enjoy local beans wherever we might be staying. Everything you need to wake up and smell the coffee is here in one convenient and well made unit. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Lardera Chestnut Grinder

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GSN Review: RASĀSVĀDA Zero-proof Spirit Restoratives

RASĀSVĀDA zero-proof Spirit Restoratives are invigorating 100% whole-plant decoctions crafted using techniques from herbalism, tea traditions, and traditional eastern medicine. Each Spirit Restorative presents an orchestra of aroma, core bitterness, and a lingering finish, while providing health and wellness benefits whenever your spirit needs restoring.

With no added preservatives, sugars, extracts, or artificial ingredients, Rasa’s Spirit Restoratives are crafted using only wild-harvested ingredients with known wellness properties sourced directly from remote regions and farmlands across the globe.

Ruby Artemisia: A modern take on an ancient restorative – A play of floral citrus, herbaceous bitterness, and tangy botanicals emulate the elegance and complexity of a classic aromatized wine. GSN’s Remarks: The flavor is slightly tart, with a limey kind of character. There is a somewhat round and softness to the expression which has some botnaical persona. We definitely agree that it is somewhat in keeping with a vermouth. Almost a combination of sweet and dry. Quite interesting ,refreshing and well balanced. GSN Rating: A

Rose Bergamot: Reimagining a classic Italian bitter without the sugar – Enlivening bitter-sweetness and lush, bright flavors join with the elegant complexity of heady floral and citrus aromatics. GSN’s Remarks: More of that tartness comes through, but this time with a distinctly bitter edge. There’s definite notes of spearmint here as well, creating a colling effect, The whole endeavor is quite uplifting and bracing. The botanicals are more forward here with a grassy, somewhat herb driven profile. All ends with a very long finish. GSN Rating: A-

Black Ginger: A bracingly bitter take on a dark classic – A grounding core bitterness balances with smooth layers of flavor, notes of spice, and botanical aromatics. GSN’s Remarks: In some ways, this expression is less bitter than the Rose Bermagot, but there are more dark and low notes here. Surprisingly, there is no ginger heat, but rather a funky flavor of wet grasses and herbs. The flavor is somewhat difficult to decribe. More of an amaro, but lighter and drier. This liquid is conducive to contemplation and relaxation. GSN Rating: A

Overall: These are excellent, creative, unique and a beautiful NA addition to your arsenal. We enjoyed the entire range.

For more information go to: Rasa Spirit

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GSN Review: Missologist Subscription Boxes

Missologist is a new subscription box started by Nicole Schaefer designed to make cocktails and mixology more accessible to women. Each box includes cocktail recipes, tutorials, liquor recommendations, scoring and tasting cards and fun surprises.

“Missologist was created because I have such a huge passion for cocktails and mixology, and I wanted to share it with other women. Women have been largely excluded from the cocktail space,” Schaefer said. I’m the only female mixologist on YouTube. Missologist wants to change that by starting a cocktail revolution. Mixology is fun and doesn’t need to be intimidating. I want women to go beyond the Cosmo and be able to confidently order any cocktail they want when they go to a bar.”

Women weren’t allowed to be bartenders until 1971. Today, mixology is still considered to be a “man’s hobby.” The Missologist subscription box brings women (and men) into the cocktail space to learn about a subject that has generally been an exclusive and elusive club. Missologist is different from other similar subscription boxes because each contains only premium ingredients and special gifts. Individual cocktail boxes are available in premium and basic kits. Tools and Missologist merchandise are also available on the website.

GSN’s Remarks: We recieved the January box for review. Ingredients included Pear Apple Barmalade, Honey Ginger Syrup and Cucumber Mint Syrup, each crafted by a different woman-owned business. The recipes are easy, tasty and each called just for one spirit, a white rum. A few brands are recommnded depending on your budget. If you want to find more recipes to use up that bottle of rum, there are more available on the Missologist website. Everything is well designed and perfect for those just starting out. A fun gift for Valentine’s Day or a Bridal Shower. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Missologist

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GSN Review: Lardera Coffee Scale & Timer

If you’re into coffee and gadgets, this is right up your alley. The Lardera Coffee Scale & Timer is fast, accurate and easy-to-use while improving your pour-over experience. The timer automatically starts once you begin pouring water and automatically stops once you pick up the dripper, recording your brew data without you having to attend to it manually. The scale is portable, weighting only 13.5 ounces, and accurate, with a sensitivity of 0.1 seconds and 0.1 grams. The unit is powered by a rechargeable battery (USB C charger included) that can go 10 hours between charges.

GSN’s Remarks: This is another sleek unit for the countertop from the folks at Lardera. It’s also a breeze to use. All you have to do is turn the unit on, add your pour-over unit and set the weight to zero. Then add your pre-ground coffee until you achieve the weight you want. Reset the weight once more to zero and then start the timer when you begin the pour-over. When you’re done, press the timer again to indicate the end. Once this is programmed into the unit, you can simply use the auto-timer mode. It alllooks so scientific and adds a touch of flair to your morning routine. We only wish it also had the option to use batteries. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Lardera Coffee Scale & Timer

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GSN Review: Fresh Victor Cold-Pressed Juice Mixers

Founded by spirits industry entrepreneur Ken MacKenzie with award-winning mixologist and bar industry veteran H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir, San Francisco), Fresh Victor is a line of fresh, clean-label, cold-pressed juice-based mixers for making high quality, easy and versatile craft cocktails and mocktails. Made in Northern California, Fresh Victor utilizes several fair trade-sourced ingredients. Sold in 16 and 64 ounce sizes, Fresh Victor is currently available direct to consumer in 48 states via their website.  A pint bottle of Fresh Victor makes about 5-8 craft cocktails or mocktails – $2 a drink. You have to squeeze a lot of limes, prickly pears, peel pomegranates, find organic agave and organic cane sugar, and more to do better than that. And who has the time or wants to wait? 

There are seven different flavors, each one crafted to work with a specific spirit, whether it be vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila or mezcal.

  • Cactus Pear & Pomegranate is made with filtered water, fresh lime juice, organic cane sugar, fresh prickly pear puree, fresh pomegranate juice, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: Sweet, with a slightly tart edge. Try this with blnaco tequila or vodka. GSN Rating: B+
  • Cucumber & Lime is made with filtered water, cucumber juice, lime juice, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: Really nice. The cuke comes through just enough to balance the lime with some cooling flavor. Perfect for gin and vodka. GSN Rating: A
  • Jalapeño & Lime is made with filtered water, organic cane sugar, fresh jalapeño puree, (natural pepper extract), organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: My goodness, this one has some heat. A bit much for my taste, but I know that a lot of our readers love the burn. A good one for a spicy Daiquiri, or add some to your next Bloody Mary or Margarita. GSN Rating: B+
  • Lemon Sour is made with lemon juice, filtered water, and organic cane sugar. GSN’s Remarks: Not much to say here, other than it is rock solid. Good for just about any unaged spirit, but also works well with bourbon. GSN Rating: B
  • Mexican Lime & Agave is made with filtered water, fresh lime juice, organic cane sugar, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: Another solid performer designed for Margaritas. A bit on the sweet side, but not overly so. GSN Rating: B+
  • Pineapple & Ginger Root is made with filtered water, organic cane sugar, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger juice, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: This is excellent! Our personal favorite. This works exceptionally well with tequila, rum, vodka and brandy. Hits the spot with a great balance of fruit and heat. GSN Rating: A+
  • Three Citrus & Mint Leaf is made with filtered water, organic cane sugar, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, organic agave nectar, fresh mint leaves. GSN’s Remarks: Mint is so hard to pull off in a mixer. Here it works better than many we’ve tried. There’s a slightly bitter edge that can draw attention away from the liquor, but overall, it mostly succeeds. GSN Rating: B

Note: If you won’t be using the whole bottle within two weeks, fill some ice trays with it and pull cubes as needed.

For more information go to: Shop Fresh Victor

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GSN Alert: Cocktail & Spirits Book Preview – Winter 2021-22

Pouring with Heart: The Essential Magic behind the Bartenders We Love by Cedd Moses & Erik Cardona, Dale Degroff (Foreword) Lioncrest Publishing (November 11, 2021) Everyone thought Cedd Moses had lost his mind when he used his life savings to open ten bars in struggling Downtown Los Angeles. Not only would those venues help lift the communities around them—they’d go on to set a new standard for bars in LA, setting the stage for one of greatest bar success stories in American history. Moses attributes this remarkable success to one thing. Pouring with Heart. In this love letter to the bar world, Moses shares the secrets of what it truly means to be of service, pulling back the curtain on the magic a guest feels when in the presence of a bartender they love. Pouring with Heart demolishes the myth of bartending as a dead-end gig by using data and decades of experience to break down what it takes to cement a legendary career behind the bar.

The Inquisitive Bartender by Andrew Macharia Authorhouse Uk (December 12, 2021) Inspired by a seventeenth-century proverb-one man’s misfortune is another man’s fortune-The Inquisitive Bartender presents your ultimate guide on the bartending landscape from fifth century through the present day. Author Andrew Macharia relies on his encounters with the beverages of numerous cultures and his knowledge of the art of mixology to share the rich history of pioneer mixologists in the Americas and beyond. He introduces key figures, dates, periods, and events over the centuries that have influenced others and shaped the bartending scene, including the Renaissance, the industrial revolution in Britain, the American revolution, and prohibition. This versatile narrative cuts across the bartending demographic and is ideal for bartenders at all levels-old school, current, and aspiring. It will transform you into a storyteller as you sling or imbibe your favourite cocktails. This bartender’s guide explores the history of bartending and alcohol throughout the centuries, providing both background and recipes for any bartender to use.

That’s the Spirit: The spirit lover’s guide to all things gin by Clare Voitin Heathcote Holdings Pty Ltd (December 13, 2021) Unmistakably, gin is in. With global growth close to hitting double digits annually, interest in this spirit is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. Almost 30% of Australians are spirit drinkers, and with new and exciting craft gin brands popping up weekly, this comes as no surprise. But there’s more to the world’s fastest growing spirit than meets the eye. Not to be mistaken for just another on-trend ‘booze-in-a-bottle’, every gin has its unique point of difference. Whether it’s the botanicals included, style of gin produced or the distilling method used, every gin has a DNA and personality of its own. No longer considered the ‘mother’s ruin’, there’s a perfect gin for everyone. The fun is in embarking on your gin adventure and discovering your favourites. This book teaches you everything you need to know for your own gin journey – beginning with gin’s crazy, unexpected origins and travelling through the history of time to the here and now. Covering gin styles, botanicals commonly (and not so commonly) used and the finer details on how to drink your gin, this book very simply shares it all. If you’re not already on the ‘gin bandwagon’, there’s never been a better time to start than right now. All you need is an easy afternoon with this book in one hand and a gin in the other – before you know it, you’ll be your own gin expert with a wealth of knowledge, a bundle of great cocktail ideas and some clear guidance to discovering your favourite tipple. But be warned, there won’t be just one… and that’s the beauty of gin.

Bourbon [Boxed Book & Ephemera Set]: The Story of Kentucky Whiskey by Clay Risen Ten Speed Press (December 14, 2021) A visually stunning illustrated guide to the history, craft, and appreciation of Kentucky bourbon . Bourbon, we soon realized, was not just a good drink. It was a drink with a story, from a place, with an unbreakable tie to the people and the land that produced it. Whiskey expert Clay Risen explores the origins, history, and evolution of America’s distilling craft and culture in this luxurious boxed set. From boom to bust and back again, Risen tells the engrossing story of Kentucky whiskey, using interviews, photographs, and archival material to illuminate the singular region where bourbon was born. This meticulously researched book details how bourbon is made, how best to enjoy it, and how to build your own collection, along with profiles of the distilleries and makers that form the landscape of bourbon country.

Gin: The Ultimate Companion: The Essential Guide to Flavours, Brands, Cocktails, Tonics and More by Ian Buxton Birlinn (December 14, 2021) The 21st century’s own Gin Craze continues unabated, with exciting new crafted gins launched on a regular basis. Most recently, we have seen growing interest in Pink Gins and the development of a range of flavoured gins, not to mention the remarkable rise of tonics – with a tonic to suit every palate, and perhaps every gin. So naturally, leading spirits writer Ian Buxton has looked to revise and renew his focus on this most fashionable of spirits. In this book he brings his customary wit, industry knowledge and highly developed palate to this fast-evolving and dynamic market with enthusiastic, book-buying drinkers keen for more ginsights!

How to Distill: A Complete Guide from Still Design and Fermentation through Distilling and Aging Spirits by Aaron Hyde Harvard Common Press (December 21, 2021) In How to Distill, you’ll learn every aspect of home distilling, from the fundamentals to controlling flavor development to packaging. Whether you want straightforward information for your first moonshine distillation or you’re a home distiller looking to learn more and perfect your gin or bourbon, you’ve come to the right place. In this book, certified industry expert and knowledgeable home distiller Aaron Hyde lays out the how and why of all the key processes, starting at the mash and fermentation, through distilling, and ending with expert information on aging and blending spirits. You’ll find: An Overview of Distilling and the Process: The fundamentals of distillation, concise distillation theory, still design, distilled products, and ingredients are all covered. Pre-Distillation: Move on to learn about the fermentation process, making your own wash from sugar or cereal mashing grain. Distilling: The main event! A robust section on distilling covers modern distillation techniques, the distillation process, key decisions during distillation, process control, collection, and further distillation runs. Post-Distillation: Work your way through flavor development and control, polishing spirit, the aging process, quality considerations, blending, and packaging considerations. Recipes: Whether you’re interested in making bourbon whiskey, scotch whisky, gin, rum, or vodka, you’ll find an easy-to-follow recipe. With reliable, tested information throughout, this is the new standard for distilling.

Liquid History: An Illustrated Guide to London’s Greatest Pubs by John Warland (Author), Dan Cruickshank (Foreword) Bantam Press; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2022) An illustrated guide to London’s best pubs and their extraordinary history, presented by the founder of the world-famous Liquid History Tours. Pull up a stool for a thirst-quenching trundle through London’s liquid history in search of the city’s greatest pubs. We pop in for a pint in Shakespeare’s local, pull up a stool at Jack the Ripper’s bar, and push open the bloodstained doors of the Bucket of Blood. Exploring the watering holes of London’s writers and artists, its most notorious criminals and celebrated figures, from architectural marvels to secretive backstreet boozers, we help join the dots for London’s ultimate knees-up. Liquid History is a beautifully illustrated love letter to London’s finest hostelries, written by the city’s leading pub tour guide and host of the celebrated Liquid History Tours. Profiling over 50 timeless boozers, this book tells the story of London’s history and the taverns that have hosted, harbored, and refreshed its leading characters.

Mindful Mixology: A Comprehensive Guide to No- and Low-Alcohol Cocktails with 60 Recipes by Derek Brown (Author), Julia Bainbridge (Foreword) Rizzoli (January 18, 2022) From Dry January to Sober October, moderation is having a moment. This book from spirits expert Derek Brown (newly mindful drinker himself) will show the sober and sober-curious how to mix complex, sophisticated low- and no-proof drinks. It will include recipes, techniques, and sources. Not long after his son was born, Derek Brown decided to cut back on his drinking. But as a bartender, bar owner, and cocktail and spirits expert, he wanted do so using the techniques and expertise of mixology to create a new arsenal of libations that were sophisticated, satisfying, and tasty. Creating these drinks isn’t as simple as removing the alcohol. No- and low-proof cocktails still have to be balanced and still have to be delicious, but they don’t operate exactly like cocktails with alcohol. The drinks Brown presents in this book are meticulously choreographed around taste, texture, body, and piquancy to result in surprisingly complex “adult beverages” minus the booze. Drawing on historical research, meticulous tweaking of classic cocktails to create lower-proof versions, and entirely new concoctions inspired by an evolved home bar, in this book, Derek shares sixty recipes for no- and low-proof cocktails, as well as a guide to the ingredients and equipment you need to imbibe in Mindful Mixology at home.

Detroit Tiki: A History of Polynesian Palaces & Tropical Cocktails by Renee Tadey (Author), Dave Chow (Foreword) The History Press (January 31, 2022) When the South Sea craze swept over the nation in the mid-twentieth century, the wave of island-themed décor and tropical cocktails did not pass by Detroit. The Tropics and Club Bali offered a warming escape from dreary Midwest winters. At its completion in 1967, the Mauna Loa was the most expensive restaurant built east of the Mississippi. With its lush interior and celebrity patrons, it did not disappoint. The Chin Tiki, with its exquisitely handcrafted features, was no less an exceptional destination. Even today, long after the Polynesian craze has faded, a new generation has taken up the tiki torch and brought island flavor and flair back to the city. Join author Renee Tadey on a sweeping journey through the tiki destinations of Detroit.

Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake: Rice, Water, Earth by Nancy Matsumoto (Author), Michael Tremblay (Author), John Gauntner (Foreword) Tuttle Publishing (March 8, 2022) This stunning guide invites you into the story of sake—an ancient beverage finding its way in a modern world. Whether you’re a sake novice or an experienced connoisseur, Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake offers fascinating insights, practical tips, and rich stories about this popular beverage. Authors and experts Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay personally undertook the challenge of visiting 33 artisanal sake breweries in Japan, the US, and Canada to interview makers and document every stage of the sake brewing process. Nancy’s celebrated journalistic background combined with Michael’s sake sommelier experience have led to an engaging and informative look at the world of sake. With over 300 color photos and a lively narrative, this fascinating book provides: A comprehensive introduction to the science and history of sake brewing in Japan. A look at how fine craft sakes are brewed today using traditional methods and no additives—only rice, water, koji, and yeast. Histories of Japan’s venerable breweries, some of them over 300 years old! An answer to why some breweries are able to turn out a superior quality of sake. A discussion of rice varieties and “terroirs” where exceptional sakes are produced. Current trends in the world of sake, including the fine sakes now brewed outside Japan. Tasting notes and recommendations for top craft sakes you have not heard about yet. This book also includes personal recipes from several top Japanese brew masters along with food-pairing tips and the authors’ own personal recommendations for the best sake bars in Japan and overseas!

Rum Rebels: A Celebration of Women Revolutionizing the Spirits Industry, with Cocktail Recipes by Martyna Halas & René van Hoven Yellow Pear Press (March 15, 2022) Once known as a sailor’s drink, rum has matured into a refined spirit. In some Caribbean countries, rum is offered as a libation to the gods. In others, it is aged and savored on the rocks. But in the most magical places, rum is distilled by women. Inside Rum Rebels, you’ll find personal anecdotes from master blenders, fabulous recipes for artisan rum cocktails, and the inside scoop on how rum is made from the women behind Appleton, Zacapa, Cachaça, Brugal, and more. The art of cocktails, rum, and women. A pirate staple, rum has been the drink of rebels since the Old World. Now, there’s a new generation of rebels―the business women curating the taste of today’s best rum companies. Part rum cocktail book, part ode to feminism, Rum Rebels is a story of female empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Looking at more than a dozen rum distilleries, each chapter of Rum Rebels profiles women in leadership, their rum, and the perfect cocktail pairing. Learn how rum is made. Alongside women leaders and pioneers, this worldwide master class explores everything from palates to aging, providing first-hand stories from today’s leading rum distilleries. Whether a beginner or a seasoned rum enthusiast, Rum Rebels is the perfect read for anyone curious about the craft of rum distilling, artisan cocktails, or female leaders in history.

GSN Brews News: December 7th 2021 Edition

On the Rocks Premium Cocktails, part of the Beam Suntory portfolio, is introducing a limited edition Manhattan expression made with Basil Hayden Dark Rye. Weighing in at 32.5% abv, the Manhattan offering is available in select stores nationwide and online through Drizly with a suggested retail price of $13 a 375-ml bottle. The On the Rocks range also includes a Cosmopolitan (made with Effen vodka), Mai Tai (Cruzan rum), Old Fashioned (Knob Creek Bourbon), Margarita (Hornitos Tequila), Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita (Tres Generaciones Tequila), and Aviation (Larios gin).

MPL Brands has expanded the Rancho La Gloria line of wine-based RTDs with two new lower calorie Margaritas. The new Rancho La Gloria Skinny Margarita comes in Classic Lime and Strawberry with both at 9.9% abv and 90 calories per 5-ounce serving. They’re made with lime juice and other flavoring, and agave wine. The new cocktails have launched in Target stores nationwide for $9 a 750-ml., with expansion into retailers like HEB, Kroger, Harris Teeter, and Safeway set for early 2022.

Brooklyn, New York’s Q Mixers has launched Tropical Ginger Beer, the company’s third release in the category, following its original ginger beer and a hibiscus-flavored offshoot. The new release is made with ginger, agave, mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, and is currently available in Kroger and through the company’s website. Q Mixers is planning to expand the release in 2022.

Fort Worth, Texas-based TX Whiskey is launching three canned cocktails. The new trio of RTDs are TX Whiskey & Cola, TX Whiskey Ranch Water, and TX Whiskey & Sweet Tea, all 7% abv. They are made with TX Blended Whiskey and are available now exclusively in Texas, where a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans retails for a suggested $13.

Mesa, Arizona-based Cider Corps is releasing a seasonal version of its popular Fruit Salad cider. Made in collaboration with local package store Bottleshop 48, the Winter Fruit Salad cider features flavors of cranberry, plum, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, and pomegranate. It’s at 6.5% abv and is available now at the Cider Corps taproom and at specialty bottle shops around the state.

Port house Croft has launched Pink & Tonic, a new RTD made with rosé Port. The 5.5% abv canned cocktail comes in 250-ml. cans and is made using a house-developed tonic water. The RTD is now available across the U.S. in 4-packs for a suggested price of $18.

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Drake’s Organic Spirits is launching an addition to its Boxtail lineup. The newcomer to the array of boxed wine-style RTDs is Drake’s Perfect Margarita Boxtail, which joins Minted Mojito, Watermelon-Tini, Mango Punch, and Black Cherry Limeade. It’s made with Drake’s Organic Tequila, triple sec, and lime and other citrus juice. Drake’s Margarita Boxtail is at 12% abv and retails for $20 a 1.75-liter within the company’s 44-state distribution area.

San Diego, California-based Coronado Brewing Company is launching Coronado Hard CiderThe company will start with a duo of flavors called Nice & Dry and Super Fruit. The former is at 6% abv and is intended as a classic, crisp cider, while the latter is at 5.5% abv and is made with acai berries and blueberries; both are certified organic. They will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans starting December 10 at the Coronado Bay Park Tasting Room and will hit San Diego County retailers in early January 2022 with wider California distribution coming online in the spring.

New York-based Drifter Spirits is adding to its Drifter Craft Cocktails lineup with a fourth flavor. Created by the team that brought Svöl Aquavit to the U.S., the new line extension is Nordic Style Gin & Tonic (7% abv), which celebrates aquavit with its inclusion in the cocktail. Formulated in partnership with bartender Steva Casey, the Nordic Gin & Tonic features Svöl Danish-Style Aquavit and Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin from the New York Distilling Company along with pear juice and allspice. The new G&T joins Drifter’s existing Spicy Margarita, Moscow Mule, and Passion Fruit Caipirinha RTDs, retailing for $20 a 4-pack. 

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

The 2021 GSN Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time once again to share our gift suggestions for the holidays! This year we have even more spirited suggestions for everyone on your list, whether they enjoy beer, cider, spirits, wine, or coffee, tea, or non-alcoholic beverages. Cheers!

BOXED SETS

Heritage Distilling Co. Spirits Advent Calendar The only US craft distillery produced Spirits Advent Calendar features 24 – 50ML bottles of HDC’s award winning spirits including vodkas, gins, whiskeys and rum. Starting December 1, countdown to Christmas by popping open the square for the day and seeing what is inside. Each calendar the products are randomly placed so you’ll be truly surprised and delighted each day of December.

Adagio Teas: Twelve Teas of Christmas This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving: our 12 Days of Christmas Gift Set! This jolly collection contains a selection of our most festive blends, one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas. The reusable tins line up to create a fun scene and can hang as ornaments until ready to be brewed. Each tin contains one single serving pouch of loose tea.

Drinks by the Dram: Tequila & Mezcal Collection If you’re struggling to pick out a cracking gift for an agave fan, we have something to help you. It’s the 12 Dram Tequila & Mezcal Collection! This beautiful box contains 12 different 30ml wax-sealed drams of tequila and mezcal from some excellent producers, sure to please even the most picky of agave lovers.

BEER CLUB

Brewvana Brews Less Traveled Beer Club Not only do you get some eclectic brews and cool local swag, but you also get to virtually hear from the brewmasters while you sample their wares. It doesn’t get any better than this, outside of taking a road trip. And a subscription is a lot less expensive than gas, tolls and lodging. 

 

BOOKS

The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails Compiled by world authority David Wondrich, with the assistance of a team of experts from around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails provides an authoritative, enlightening and entertaining overview of this third branch of the alcohol family.

Tiki Triangle Why another tiki book? Because this one puts recipes and history into a chronological perspective. Author Cristaldi shares some personal history with the culture before giving a brief and informative lesson on rum itself, along with some cocktails pre-1933, which is considered to be the birth year of the genre. 

CBD & VAPING

Precision Botanical CBD Precision Botanical products come from its own Oregon hemp farm and uses a commercial-level proprietary extraction of hemp oil that’s in the patent process. All products are third-party audited and certified for potency and purity.

Vessel Eclipse Vape Kit This is a beautifully made and classy set that is perfect for traveling or a day out. What we especially like is the compact and easy to carry case which is designed specifically for the three pieces. Vessel has been in business for nearly three years and have several smoking related products available.

CIDER LOVERS

Austin Eastciders Imperial Cider A quite dry, powerhouse of a cider. We like it. Fruity, almost rustic in flavor, and eminently quaffable. With such a high alcohol content, you’ll want to take your time with one to truly enjoy it. We especially like this one paired with a meal. Try this with a pork stew, or mushroom quiche. For a lighter table, craft a cheese board using aged cheddar, brie and camembert. 

 

COFFEE LOVERS

Fire Dept. Coffee Their signature spirit-infusion process expertly combines the flavors of bourbon, whiskey, rum, or tequila with the best coffee beans, ensuring you the perfect cup of infused coffee every time. Whether you’re sitting at your desk, dropping the kids at school, or looking for an afternoon pick me up, Fire Department Coffee’s Spirit Infused Coffee is the perfect choice.

 

LGTBQ+

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka Tom of Finland Organic Vodka is crafted in Finland from organically grown wheat, rye and arctic water. A percentage of profit from each bottle will be donated to the Tom of Finland Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Tom of Finland and Durk Dehner and dedicated to promoting tolerant attitudes towards sexuality and the preservation of erotic art. 

 

MIXERS

Juke Cordialities Jukes 1 is definitely more akin to a sweet white style wine, let’s say a Sauternes or perhaps a Riesling. Jukes 6 is still sweet, but has a fuller flavor of dark berries and fruits. It’s closest in style to a table red or even a Port. Both are well made, and we particularly like the fact that they can be diluted to your own chosen strength. We recommend these for anyone who is looking to cut back on their alcohol consumption, as well as those who are interested in a healthier and lower calorie alternative to fruit juices and sodas. 

Twisted Alchemy Cold Pressed Juice The juices have a fresh quality to them, and are miles above and beyond anything canned or even massed produced in plastic containers. We love the fact that these juices will last for several months (not days or weeks), thus cutting down on wasted from unusable product. Plus, they definitely save labor behind the bar.

RTD (Ready to drink) COCKTAILS

DRNXMYTH Cocktails After reviewing dozens of RTD’s, we can honestly say that DRNXMYTH has cornered the market on freshness. The bottle design is clever and adds a sense of elegance that adds to the experience. As any decent bartender knows, balance is key, and the cocktails we received are all excellent. Outside of going to a bar, these are the best ready to drink cocktails you will find on the market.

 

STOCKING STUFFER

Puffin Drinkware These are the coolest koozies we’ve ever seen. And they work! We especially like the handles which add a fun grip when toasting. We’ve only shown a few styles here, but there are many more to choose from. We recommend these as great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays. Especially since they are so affordable. 

 

WATER BOTTLES

Philips GoZero Hydration Bottle What we like about this new water bottle is that it is metal, has a rubber carrying handle, holds hot or cold liquids, has a smooth drinking rim, and best of all, it self sanitizes and purifies itself on a regular basis. We can actually taste the difference in the water afterwards. It seems purer, fresher and near to spring water. Really, this is everything we could ask for in a water bottle whether we’re behind the stick, at home, or in the great outdoors. 

 

WINE LOVERS

Ficklin Vineyards Old Vine Tinta Port This truly is a remarkable and delicious port. What makes it even more extraordinary is that it comes from old vine Portuguese varietals. A smooth, raisin-like character hits upon the entry, and then immediately opens up into a world of masterful oak aging. The body is fulsome, with a near viscous mouthfeel that is often lacking in ports. But, it’s the overall flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

GSN Review: Twisted Alchemy Cold Pressed Juices

Twisted Alchemy is a fresh juice solution for craft cocktails, providing professional bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts with 100% cold-pressed juices and fresh craft mixers. Founded by food and beverage entrepreneurs Kim & Scott Holstein, Twisted Alchemy continually develops award-winning varieties of cold-pressed juices and craft mixers for world-renowned restaurant hospitality groups, hotels, and event venues, as well as cocktail enthusiasts who enjoy expertly made cocktails within the comfort of their own home. 

Twisted Alchemy utilizes high pressure processing (HPP) during the bottling process to deliver the quality of on-premise juice. HPP bottles liquid at 87,000 psi, about the same pressure as 37 miles under the ocean, which eliminates all oxygen and bacteria out of the juice, without compromising flavor or nutrients. As a result of this method, Twisted Alchemy is able to produce fresh-squeezed juices free from added sugars, preservatives, and GMOs while maintaining consistent brix to balance sweetness and flavor. As well, the HPP process increases the juice’s shelf life, and effectively eliminates labor costs associated with hand-squeezing fresh juice. 

Twisted Alchemy is shipped with a 100% recyclable liner, biodegradable air pillows, and reusable, non-sweat gel packs to keep juice deliciously cold and fresh. Twisted Alchemy also makes creative cocktail salt & sugar rimmers as well as dried fruit garnishes.

Note: We were sent the blood orange and the ruby red grapefruit juices for review.

GSN’s Remarks: Both juices have a fresh quality to them, and are miles above and beyond anything canned or even massed produced in plastic containers. We especially enjoyed the grapefruit, which is unsweetened and perfect as it is. Try this in a Paloma or Greyhound cocktail. The blood orange has lost some of the typical brightness you would get from fresh-squeezed, but is just right in the amount of sweetness and has no metallic aftertaste. We’d definitely try this in a Mimosa or Tequila Sunrise. Lastly, we love the fact that these juices will last for several months (not days or weeks), thus cutting down on wasted from unusable product. Plus, they definitely save labor behind the bar. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Twisted Alchemy

GSN Alert: Cocktail & Spirits Book Preview – Autumn 2021

Nearly two dozen new books are coming out this autumn. Everything from making your own booze, to the history of bourbon, to zero waste cocktails to an encyclopedia of spirits. Enjoy!

Craft Gin Making by Rachel Hicks and Andrew Parsons The Crowood Press (September 1, 2021) Craft Gin Making is a detailed guide to entering the world of gin production. For beginners and experienced producers alike, it offers key insights and practical advice on what you need to get started and how to progress in this fascinating and growing craft. It covers both distilling and cold compounding, providing advice on equipment and detailing step-by-step processes, whilst discussing a wide variety of gin production issues. Topics covered include a brief history of gin and gin making; the tools, equipment and ingredients needed for the different methods of producing gin; the most common methods and how to achieve success in them; the practicalities of filtration, bottling, sealing and labelling; making flavored gins; why things might go wrong and how to correct them and, finally, the legal aspects of gin production.

Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon: The Story of How Buffalo Trace Distillery Became The World’s Most Awarded Distillery by F. Paul Pacult Wiley; 1st edition (September 8, 2021) Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon tells the fascinating tale of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, from the time of the earliest explorations of Kentucky to the present day. Author and award-winning spirits expert F. Paul Pacult takes readers on a journey through history that covers the American Revolutionary War, U.S Civil War, two World Wars, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon covers the pedigree and provenance of the Buffalo Trace Distillery: The larger-than-life personalities that over a century and a half made Buffalo Trace Distillery what it is today; Detailed accounts on how many of the distillery’s award-winning and world-famous brands were created; The impact of world events, including multiple depressions, weather-related events, and major conflicts, on the distillery. Belonging on the shelf of anyone with an interest in American spirits and history, Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon is a compelling must-read.

The Café Brûlot by Sue Strachan LSU Press (September 15, 2021) The Café Brûlot examines the cocktail that was born of a legend and has endured through the centuries, showcasing New Orleans’s love of flavored drama. A combination of coffee, liquor, and fire, Café Brûlot also goes by the name Café Brûlot Diabolique, “devilishly incendiary coffee.” Varying somewhat depending on what restaurant makes it, the base ingredients of this unusual after-dinner drink are coffee, brandy, sugar, cinnamon, lemon, oranges, cloves, and sometimes an orange liqueur. Although the drink may have originated in France, Café Brûlot is primarily mixed in New Orleans, making it a unique Crescent City tradition. In this entertaining little book, Sue Strachan delves into the history of the cocktail, the story of its various ingredients, and the customary implements used to serve it.

A Good Drink: In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits by Shanna Farrell Island Press (September 16, 2021) In A Good Drink, Farrell goes in search of the bars, distillers, and farmers who are driving a transformation to sustainable spirits. She meets mezcaleros in Guadalajara who are working to preserve traditional ways of producing mezcal, for the health of the local land, the wallets of the local farmers, and the culture of the community. She visits distillers in South Carolina who are bringing a rare variety of corn back from near extinction to make one of the most sought-after bourbons in the world. She meets a London bar owner who has eliminated individual bottles and ice, acculturating drinkers to a new definition of luxury. These individuals are part of a growing trend to recognize spirits for what they are—part of our food system. For readers who have ever wondered who grew the pears that went into their brandy or why their cocktail is an unnatural shade of red, A Good Drink will be an eye-opening tour of the spirits industry. For anyone who cares about the future of the planet, it offers a hopeful vision of change, one pour at a time.

Virginia Distilled: Four Centuries of Drinking in the Old Dominion by Patrick Evans-Hylton The History Press (October 4, 2021) Colonist George Thorpe first crafted “corn beere,” an ancestor to bourbon, in 1620 at Berkeley Plantation, and George Washington once operated one of the nation’s largest distilleries. Icy mint juleps were first served in Virginia until the state was one of the first to enact Prohibition. That dark period gave rise to bootlegging, moonshining and even NASCAR. Through well-documented research, interviews with key stakeholders and plenty of cocktail recipes for the reader to shake and stir at home, author Patrick Evans-Hylton showcases the rich history of four hundred years of drinking in the Commonwealth. Raise a glass to Virginia, birthplace of American spirits, and its long history of distilling and imbibing.

Rare Whisky: Explore the World’s Most Exquisite Spirits by Patrick Mahé Conran (October 5, 2021) Rare Whisky is a stylish exploration of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies, exquisitely packaged in a hardback book with slipcase. This book looks at the most exceptional whiskies across the world, focusing on key producers such as Scotland, Ireland, the USA and Japan, as well as interesting rarities from the likes of India and Taiwan. With beautiful photography of extremely rare bottles, from a breathtaking 1920s vintage sold at auction to the best offerings from recent years, Rare Whisky is essential reading for all whisky lovers.

9780762472970_cover_retail1The Cocktail Workshop: An Essential Guide to Classic Drinks and How to Make Them Your Own by Steven Grasse & Adam Erace Running Press Adult (October 5, 2021) From the wildly creative team behind Philadelphia’s Art in the Age comes The Cocktail Workshop, a deep-dive into 20 classic drinks that make up the foundation of cocktail creation, and the delicious variations that will make them all your own. Learn to craft a perfect, classic drink, or workshop that creation into a unique, flavor-forward spin with The Cocktail Workshop, an indispensable guide to foundational cocktails and the tools to elevate them into master-level creations. In this richly illustrated book, the team behind Philadelphia’s beloved Art in the Age guides aspiring mixologists through the fundamentals of 20 essential cocktails. Then, each foundational drink is spun off into creative and customizable riffs on flavors, techniques, and ingredients, called Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master versions. Each classic drink is concluded by a Workshop: how to take your at-home bar efforts to the next level with aging, infusing, garnishing, and more.

The Atlas of Bourbon and American Whiskey: A Journey Through the Spirit of America by Eric Zandona Mitchell Beazley (October 5, 2021) A stylish region-by-region​ guide to American whiskey, by the author of The Bourbon Bible. Eric Zandona – spirits expert at the American Distilling Institute – leads a region-by-region tour of the unique flavors and stories of American whiskey, from Kentucky’s bourbon heartland to New York’s Empire Rye revolution. With chapters telling the story of each key whiskey-producing region, plus profiles of notable distilleries and a flavor guide for their most interesting whiskeys, you’ll learn all there is to know about the only true American spirit.

The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails: 100 Timeless, Creative & Tempting Recipes by Amy Zavatto Rockridge Press (October 5, 2021) If you’re a bourbon aficionado―or an aspiring one―you hold in your hands the essential guide to plenty of inventive and exciting ways to savor an American classic. From a traditional Old Fashioned to a Churchill Downs Crusta, explore 100 cocktails that incorporate flavors from a variety of bourbons, regions, and time periods. From a solo nightcap, to pre-dinner drinks for two and cocktails for a crowd, you’ll learn to whip up the perfect bourbon drink for every occasion. Taste trendy new flavors created exclusively for this book, and long-forgotten recipes from the Prohibition era.

The New Craft Beer World: Celebrating over 400 delicious beers by Mark Dredge Dog n Bone; Second edition (October 12, 2021) With more amazing beers available than ever before, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. That’s where The New Craft Beer World comes in. Gathering together over 400 of the most innovative and tastiest beers you need to try, and divided into 50 different categories, you will find the best of the best each style has to offer. Every category comes with an explanation of the key characteristics of the style—whether it’s an American IPA bursting with citrusy C-hops or an Imperial Stout full of dark roasted malts—along with an example of a classic brew and a selection of cutting edge versions that are certain to become instant favorites. So whether you’re looking for bitter beers or balanced flavors, a hit of hops or a hint of coffee, the reviews will point you in the right direction to find the perfect beer to suit your tastebuds. Also included are interesting nuggets of beer information, covering everything from the catalyst that has caused the astonishing growth in craft beer through to matching beer with food and how to serve your drinks.

From Garden to Glass: 80 Botanical Beverages Made from the Finest Fruits, Cordials, and Infusions by David Hurst Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books (October 12, 2021) For the legions of readers who enjoyed The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Best Drinks, here is a new health and nutrition conscious take on making infusions, cordials, and cocktails mixers with garden fresh herbs, fruits, and spices. From Garden to Glass is a unique collection of over 70 delicious botanically inspired recipes based on what is available fresh from the garden or farm stand. These “garden to glass” recipes are for non-alcoholic infusions and cordials based on fresh fruits, garden herbs, and spices which can be consumed as restorative tonics in their own right or can be used as the basis for mouthwatering cocktails – cocktails filled with garden fresh nutrients and antioxidants, making them far healthier than ordinary bar drinks. Organized according to main ingredient, the recipes are created with an eye toward both health and taste. All recipes include fresh from the garden botanicals such as elderberries, strawberries, tomato, mints, and other herbs. Thus, an ordinary Bloody Mary is transformed into a healthy power drink by using freshly crushed garden tomatoes, chilies, and other spices. Many recipes also use “superfood” ingredients, from açai berry and avocado to papaya and pomegranate. Each creation is expertly crafted and inspired by some of the most exciting trends in bartending and mixology. The book also explains how to make professional-quality mixed drinks in your home, listing essential bar kit, fancy glassware, party planning, and finishing touches that can transform an ordinary drink into an exceptional cocktail.

Fever-Tree Easy Mixing: More than 150 quick and delicious mixed drinks and cocktails by Fever-Tree Limited Mitchell Beazley (October 12, 2021) 150 cocktails and mixed drinks that you can make at home in no more than 3 minutes. This means simple ingredients, not too many of them, and things you will have in your cupboard and fridge without having to trawl the internet or specialty drinks aisles. In a further twist, many recipes offer three variations – simple, sassy and sophisticated -so you can choose whether to go for the speediest when you are short of time, or the souped-up version when you are in the mood to experiment. Chapters such as Mojitos and Mules offer brilliant spins on familiar classics, No-Low has lots of ideas for alcohol-free drinks and Pitcher Perfect is packed with easy recipes that you can batch and make in quantity to serve to a crowd. All the simple, speedy and delicious ideas you would expect from the world’s leading premium mixer brand.

The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques, and Recipes by Julia Momosé & Emma Janzen Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 12, 2021) With its studious devotion to tradition, craftsmanship, and hospitality, Japanese cocktail culture is an art form treated with reverence. In this essential guide, Japanese American bartender Julia Momosé of Kumiko and Kikkō in Chicago takes us on a journey into this realm. She educates and inspires while breaking down master techniques and delving into the soul of the culture: the traditions and philosophy, the tools and the spirits—and the complex layering of these elements that makes this approach so significant. The recipes are inspired by the twenty-four micro-seasons that define the flow of life in Japan. Enter a world where the spiced woodsy cocktail called Autumn’s Jacket evokes the smoldering burn of smoking rice fields in fall, and where the Delicate Refusal tells the tale of spring’s tragic beauty, with tequila blanco and a flutter of sakura petals. Perfected classics like the Manhattan and Negroni, riffs on some of Japan’s most beloved cocktails like the Whisky Highball, and even alcohol-free drinks influenced by ingredients such as yuzu, matcha, and umé round out the collection.

Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara Hanover Square Press; Original edition (October 19, 2021) Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors—these are the Girly Drinks. From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered “places for men” when, without women, they might not even exist? With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O’Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book—and proudly have what she’s having.

Anthologin by Samuele Ambrosi & Maurizio Maestrelli Guido Tommasi Editore (October 27, 2021) Anthologin is the product of a fortuitous encounter that brought together Samuele Ambrosi, an internationally renowned, multi-award-winning barman with a stellar résumé, Maurizio Maestrelli, esteemed journalist and author of several books on beer and spirits, and Serena Conti, fine illustrator and designer whose collaborations have extended far beyond Italy’s borders. It tells the fascinating story of gin, that most popular of spirits whose long, seductive history transcends aromas and flavor, technical traits and production systems. It’s a story brimming with fascinating anecdotes on gin’s origins and evolution, political and economic influences, and episodes involving famous figures. And it is this “behind the scenes” knowledge that renders every sip of gin so special, realizations that help us better appreciate the rebirth of mixology and the revived interest in gin. Today you hold the definitive gin guide in your hands.

The Spirit of Rye: Over 300 Expressions to Celebrate the Rye Revival by Carlo DeVito Cider Mill Press (November 2, 2021) Celebrate the many flavor profiles of rye whiskey, its distinguished history, and its contemporary revival with The Spirit of Rye. The resurgence in rye whiskey is unmistakable, as is evidenced in the number of distillers producing remarkably varied expressions, from the Whiskey Trail to Pennsylvania, Texas, and California. With tasting notes for over 300 expressions and interviews with master distillers, readers both familiar and new to the rich world of rye will find The Spirit of Rye to be a revelation.

Can I Mix You a Drink? by T-PAIN & Maxwell Britten Kingston Imperial (November 2, 2021) In 2007, “rappa ternt sanga” T-Pain released his hit single “Can I Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” propelling the artist to mainstream royalty. Since then, the Tallahassee, Florida native has secured his position as one of the most successful and diverse hip-hop artists in the world. It all started, really, with a song about liquor. T-Pain’s extensive career has been punctuated by libations. It’s been a part of his music, his business acumen (having secured a number of ambassador deals with liquor brands like Jose Cuervo), and his overall persona. Now, T-Pain brings his love of mixology and music in book form, titled Can I Mix You A Drink? Working with Mixologist Maxwell Britten, former Bar Director to Brooklyn’s James Beard Award Winning Maison Premiere, T-Pain sets cocktails to music. Each drink has been carefully curated to reflect a sentiment from one of his hit songs. Drink by drink, T-Pain explores levels of new flavors (and potencies) to create a work that can be used for parties, local bars, pre-gaming before the club, or even just a quiet night at home. It’s nearly impossible not to hear T-Pain’s music as you read through the drinks and their unique combinations and names. Considering T-Pain is known for unorthodox mixes in his music, expect the same from his drinks, along with some classic cocktails modified by T-Pain himself. Whether you’re a fan of T-Pain or a fan of drink-making, Can I Mix You A Drink? is the cocktail book for you.

Death & Co Welcome Home: A Cocktail Recipe Book by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald & David Kaplan Ten Speed Press (November 2, 2021) In this stunning new offering from the authors of the bestselling Death & Co and James Beard Book of the Year Cocktail Codex, you’ll find everything you need to make and serve impressive drinks at home. It begins with a boot camp of sorts, where you follow the same steps a new Death & Co bartender would, learning how to select ingredients, develop your palate, understand what makes a great cocktail work, mix drinks accurately, create a cocktail menu, and much more. More than 400 recipes anchor the book, including classics, low-ABV drinks, non-alcoholic cocktails, and hundreds of the signature creations the Death & Co teams in New York, Denver, and Los Angeles have developed over the past seven years, including the Telegraph and Buko Gimlet. The Cocktails at Home section teaches you how to scale up recipes for larger gatherings, fill your freezer with ready-to-pour mixtures, and throw a party where you can actually spend more time with your guests than prepping drinks.And when you’re ready to create your own recipes, the Death & Co crew pulls back the curtain on their cocktail development program, with plenty of strategies and the opportunity to mix and taste along with the staff. Featuring hundreds of photographs and illustrations, this comprehensive, visually arresting manual is destined to break new ground in home bars across the world.

The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails by David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum Oxford University Press (November 4, 2021) Anthropologists and historians have confirmed the central role alcohol has played in nearly every society since the dawn of human civilization, but it is only recently that it has been the subject of serious scholarly inquiry. The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails is the first major reference work to cover the subject from a global perspective, and provides an authoritative, enlightening, and entertaining overview of this third branch of the alcohol family. It will stand alongside the bestselling Companions to Wine and Beer, presenting an in-depth exploration of the world of spirits and cocktails in a groundbreaking synthesis. The Companion covers drinks, processes, and techniques from around the world as well as those in the US and Europe. It provides clear explanations of the different ways that spirits are produced, including fermentation, distillation, and ageing, alongside a wealth of new detail on the emergence of
cocktails and cocktail bars, including entries on key cocktails and influential mixologists and cocktail bars. With entries ranging from Manhattan and mixology to sloe gin and stills, the Companion combines coverage of the range of spirit-based drinks around the world with clear explanations of
production processes, and the history and culture of their consumption. It is the ultimate guide to understanding what is in your glass.

San Francisco Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the City by the Bay by Trevor Felch Cider Mill Press (November 16, 2021) Mix up a taste of the City by the Bay with San Francisco Cocktails. Featuring recipes from and profiles on some of the most recognizable bars in San Francisco, this is the definitive guide to drinking in San Fran. With easy-to-follow recipes sure to be a crowd pleaser and inspiring interviews with local bartenders, this is the perfect gift for cocktail lovers everywhere. Gorgeous, full-color photography gives you a taste of each cocktail long before you mix them up yourself. No matter where you find yourself, San Francisco Cocktails will transport you to the heart of the city in seconds flat.