GSN Alert: Cocktail & Spirits Book Preview – Autumn 2020

As we head into cooler weather, we’ll be heading indoors. Time to pick up some new reading material to inspire and enlighten you over the winter. Here are some recommendations from the GSN staff.

The Pocket Guide to Whisky: Featuring the Whisky Tube Map (Birlinn Pocket Guides) by Blair Bowman & Nikki Welch Birlinn; New Edition (September 30, 2020) The ever-expanding world of whisky can be a daunting one, with a deluge of new brands, distilleries and literature on the subject making it all but impossible for the amateur whisky drinker to find their way. Blair Bowman provides a compact and accessible, easy-to-use guide to help budding whisky enthusiasts on their way. The Pocket Guide to Whisky explores every kind of whisky, from the well-known Scottish giants of Glenlivet, to the exotic Japanese Hibiki, and includes the ever-growing and hotly debated blended whiskies too! This little volume will tell you everything you need to know, from what to look for in whisky and what to avoid, to getting the best value for money to the perfect accompaniments to your dram and the ideal whisky for every occasion.

Spirited: Cocktails from around the World (610 Recipes, 6 Continents, 60 Countries, 500 Years) by Adrienne Stillman Phaidon Press (September 30, 2020) This definitive cocktail recipe book for the home bartender includes 610 cocktail recipes from 6 continents and 60 countries, spanning 500 years. With most cocktails only including three or four ingredients, there is something for novice drink-makers and expert bartenders alike. Drinks range from renowned iconic classics to lesser-known regional specialties to influential bespoke drinks — each reflecting the era, location, or bar that inspired it. In this book you will also learn how to set up your home bar, with advice on bar tools, glassware, syrups, garnishes, and more. Spirited is organized by cocktail style, with notes on country or origin, era of invention, and infographic icons showcase ingredients and low alcohol-by-volume (ABV). Each recipe also includes a short text providing fascinating historical and cultural information about the drink. Essays are interspersed throughout, with topics ranging from the history of the cocktail, the culture surrounding aperitivo beverages, among others. A comprehensive index by spirit and ingredient is located at the end of the volume.

Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews: Herbal Potions, Magical Teas, and Spirited Libations by Amy Blackthorn Weiser Books (October 5, 2020) One part The Drunken Botanist, one part Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic—shaken, not stirred—Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews offers a fresh, fun way of bringing botanical magic into your kitchen, cocktail parties, and home remedies. Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews has something for everyone. This book outlines the magical uses for many well-loved, traditional beverage ingredients found throughout time. Readers learn what potions are, what purpose they serve, and how to create their own brews, bitters, vermouth, and kombucha, as well as how to blend the perfect tea for their magical desires.

Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason by Julia Bainbridge Ten Speed Press (October 6, 2020) A serious and stylish look at sophisticated nonalcoholic beverages by a former Bon Appétit editor and James Beard Award nominee. “Julia Bainbridge resets our expectations for what a ‘drink’ can mean from now on.”—Jim Meehan, author of Meehan’s Bartender Manual and The PDT Cocktail Book. Blackberry-infused cold brew with almond milk and coconut cream. Smoky tea paired with tart cherry juice. A bittersweet, herbal take on the Pimm’s Cup. Writer Julia Bainbridge spent a summer driving across the U.S. going to bars, restaurants, and everything in between in pursuit of the question: Can you make an outstanding nonalcoholic drink? The answer came back emphatically: “Yes.” With an extensive pantry section, tips for sourcing ingredients, and recipes curated from stellar bartenders around the country—including Verjus Spritz, Chicha Morada Agua Fresca, Salted Rosemary Paloma, and Tarragon Cider—Good Drinks shows that decadent brunch cocktails, afternoon refreshers, and evening digestifs can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

Gin: How to Drink it: 125 Gins, 4 Ways by Dave Broom Mitchell Beazley (October 6, 2020) It’s about classic gins and new-generation gins, about gins from all over the world. It’s about gin enjoyed with tonic and Sicilian lemonade. About the perfect martini gin and the best gin for a negroni. It’s about juniper-heavy and delicate aromatic gins. About gin cocktails that ooze style and personality. Above all it’s about enjoying your gin in ways you never thought possible. With more gin brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy. For this new edition, Dave has revised more than half of the entries to include the best gins available today.

Las Vegas Cocktails: Over 100 Recipes Inspired by Sin City (City Cocktails) by Sivan Gavish Cider Mill Press (October 6, 2020) Enjoy a sip of Sin City even after you touchdown back home with profiles and recipes from hit mixologists and bartenders that are the life of the nightlife. From casino bars to couture attractions, enjoy recipes that echo the highlights of Las Vegas in both showmanship and flavor. Drink like a local, even when hundreds of miles away with photographs and design elements from the heart of the strip. City Cocktails profiles some of the most happening cities in the world to give readers a taste of paradise, no matter where they set their glass.

The Cocktail Dictionary: An A-Z of cocktail recipes, from Daiquiri and Negroni to Martini and Spritz by Henry Jeffreys Mitchell Beazley; Illustrated Edition (October 6, 2020) An A-Z compendium of every cocktail recipe that you need to know. Navigate the bewildering world of cocktails with this elegant A to Z guide to every recipe that you need to know. Complete with insightful introductions on the fascinating stories behind each drink, The Cocktail Dictionary is the discerning drinker’s guide to the art of sipping. Covering everything from the Old Fashioned, Martini, Margarita and Daiquiri to key cocktail techniques such as muddling, shaking, stirring and the perfect ice. Includes 100+ drinks recipes for you to try, as well as stunning illustrations throughout the book.

London Cocktails: Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Heart of Britannia (City Cocktails) by Felipe Schrieberg Cider Mill Press (October 6, 2020) A stunning collection of over 100 recipes inspired by the heart of Britannia. Forget pouring a cuppa, fill your glass with unique drinks from the heart of Britain and explore some of the best pubs and lounges the home of Big Ben has to offer. Enjoy cocktails from some of London’s best bartenders and mixologists from the comfort of your own home. Plan your next stroll along the River Thames or bring the big city to your home bar with photographs and recipes that capture the heart of the city. City Cocktails profiles some of the most happening cities in the world to give readers a taste of class, no matter where they set their glass.

Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink!: 65 Cocktails to Protest America’s Most Outlandish Alcohol Laws by C. Jarrett Dieterle Artisan; Illustrated Edition (October 6, 2020) Across this nation, in breweries, liquor stores, bars, and even our own homes, we’re being stripped of our most basic boozy rights. Thanks to Prohibition and its 100-year hangover, some of the most outdated, bizarre, and laughably loony laws still on the books today center around alcohol and how we drink it. In New Mexico, $1 margaritas are illegal. In Utah, cocktails must be mixed behind a barrier called the “Zion curtain.” And forget about happy hour in Massachusetts—the state banned it in 1984. But we don’t have to stand down and dry up—it’s time to take to liquid protest. Created by the nation’s leading alcohol policy expert, Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink! combines the thirst-inducing pleasure of trivia with 65 recipes for classic and innovative cocktails. So arm yourself with a mezcal-based One Pint, Two Pint, inspired by Vermont’s ban on beer pitchers, or The Boiling Point, a beer cocktail that is highly illegal in Virginia, and get ready to drink your way to a revolution on the rocks.

Potions, Elixirs & Brews: A modern witches’ grimoire of drinkable spells by Anais Alexandre Watkins Publishing (October 13, 2020) Drawing on her eclectic craft, harnessing influences from Wiccan and rootwork practices, Anaïs Alexandre shares a collection of delicious potions for the modern witch. From potent cocktails, to restorative elixirs and captivating brews, this book of drinkable spells offers the powers of time-honoured wisdom in truly delectable form. Each potion is accompanied by a simple ritual to supercharge its effectiveness, whether as a solitary witch or with your coven. Sip on a subtle love potion, draw monetary fortune your way with a lucky prosperi-tea, or spread friendship vibes with a warming party punch; as the wheel of the year turns, discover your own craft through the magic of mixology.

Whisky Island: A portrait of Islay and its whiskies by Andrew Jefford Headline (October 13, 2020) In Whisky Island, Islay’s fascinating story is uncovered: from its history and stories of the many shipwrecks which litter its shores, to the beautiful wildlife, landscape and topography of the island revealed through intimate descriptions of the austerely beautiful and remote countryside. Interleaved through these different narrative strands comes the story of the whiskies themselves, traced from a distant past of bothies and illegal stills to present-day legality and prosperity. The flavour of each spirit is analysed and the differences between them teased out, as are the stories of the notable men and women who have played such a integral part in their creation.

Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels by Alia Akkam Hardie Grant; Illustrated Edition (October 13, 2020) Today’s traveler is always on the move. Their trips are frequent, they think globally, and they treat hotel lobbies and bars as social spaces, conducting meetings or hunkering down, for hours at a time, with their laptops. Drinking is part of these everyday rituals, and so in this context the hotel bar’s role acquires an even greater significance. Behind the Bar shines a light on 50 signature cocktails from the most iconic hotel bars across the world, appealing to tried-and-true cocktail lovers and design aficionados alike. Recipes from some of these storied properties will inspire enthusiasts to re-create timeless cocktails at home. Anecdotes supplied by barkeeps and hotel and design personalities will enliven the recipes that reveal why so many hotel bars have endured through the years or have made an impact on the modern world. The clandestine speakeasy has been glorified countless times for its mix of sex appeal and transporting décor but the hotel bar should also be recognized for its sophistication, grandeur, or showmanship. Behind the Bar does exactly that but also transcends the cocktail crowd niche. It is just as much a book for the traveler with a strong appreciation for design as well as the fantasy-filled armchair traveler charmed by illustrations and nuggets of history.

Tequila & Tacos: A Guide to Spirited Pairings by Katherine Cobbs Tiller Press (October 20, 2020) Tacos have been trending for years, and finally tequila is having its taco moment. While a crunchy, savory beef taco washed down with a frozen margarita is always acceptable, today the inspired options for what can be stuffed in an edible wrapper or blended with agave spirits are infinite. Behind the bar, the burgeoning array of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals available hold their own—and even outshine—liquor mainstays like vodka, gin, and bourbon. The ubiquitous tequila shot with requisite salt and lime chaser can’t compete with the complex, nuanced flavors of the finely crafted blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas and smoky mezcals that deserve sipping and savoring. Featuring authentic classics like Tacos Al Pastor and Baja-style fish tacos, Tequila & Tacos also includes entirely new spins on the taco—such as fried Brussels sprout tacos, spicy cauliflower tacos in Indian paratha shells, or tempura-battered seaweed tacos cradling ahi tuna—paired with uncannily delicious cocktails crafted with the finest agave spirits, like a traditional tart Paloma cocktail rimmed with spiced salt or an eye-opening Mezcal Manhattan. Curated from bars and taco stands around the country, this book is a must-have for the taco and tequila aficionado.

Scotch: A Complete Introduction to Scotland’s Whiskies by Margarett Waterbury Sterling Epicure (October 20, 2020) Scotch whisky is beloved around the world. But for the uninitiated, its diversity can be bewildering. This comprehensive guide to Scotch whisky history, production, and appreciation will help you navigate the world of Scotch with confidence. Along with an overview of its intricate production process and tips for visiting your favorite distillery, Scotch features profiles of more than 200 whiskies, from popular blends to coveted single malts, with a special focus on bottles you’re likely to find with ease. You’ll also find recommendations for matching the right whisky to the right occasion, from great values for everyday imbibing, to worth-the-splurge options for marking life’s biggest moments. Whether you’re a whisky newbie, a die-hard fan, or simply malt-curious, Scotch will be your go-to resource for demystifying the greatest of whiskies.

The Essential Wine Book: A Modern Guide to the Changing World of Wine by Zachary Sussman Ten Speed Press (October 20, 2020) Highlighting wines from old world regions such as France, Italy, Spain, and Germany to new world wines from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and more, The Essential Wine Book tells you what to drink and why. Beginning with foundational information about how wine is made, how to taste it, and how to understand terroir, wine expert and journalist Zachary Sussman then gives an overview of the most important and interesting wine regions today—both established and still emerging. For instance, the great French wines of Burgundy and Champagne are already well known, but for affordable bottles you can easily find at your local wine shop, Sussman profiles up-and-coming producers in other regions, including the Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, and more. In a similar vein, California’s Napa Valley has for decades been the source of America’s most prestigious wines, but here you’ll learn about other areas of the state that are gaining recognition, from Lodi to the Santa Rita Hills. You’ll find user-friendly “just the highlights” notes for each region, as well as recommendations for producers and particular bottles to seek out. Diving deep into what makes each region essential and unique, this comprehensive guides gives new wine drinkers and enthusiasts alike an inside track on modern wine culture.

Winter Drinks: Over 75 recipes to warm the spirits including hot drinks, fortifying toddies, party cocktails and mocktails Ryland Peters & Small (October 20, 2020) This comforting collection of drinks will carry you through the cold days and darker nights of the winter. There are Soothing recipes to curl up with in front of the fire such as a Cinnamon and Clementine Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea Latte. Restorative recipes include Spiced Winter Tea—especially reviving after a long winter’s walk. For a fortifying tipple try a Hot Buttered Rum or a punchy Penicillin which combines Scotch with lemon, honey, and ginger—the perfect winter warmer to soothe sore throats. There are a host of festive recipes including a Gingerbread Spiced Hot Chocolate, a classic Eggnog, and spiced Mulled Wine as well as cocktails such as Espresso Martinis and Festive Fizz sure to pep up any gathering.

Heroes’ Feast (Dungeons & Dragons): The Official D&D Cookbook by Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson & Michael Witwer Ten Speed Press (October 27, 2020) From the D&D experts behind Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana comes a cookbook that invites fantasy lovers to celebrate the unique culinary creations and traditions of their favorite fictional cultures. With this book, you can prepare dishes delicate enough to dine like elves and their drow cousins or hearty enough to feast like a dwarven clan or an orcish horde. All eighty dishes—developed by a professional chef—are delicious, easy to prepare, and composed of wholesome ingredients readily found in our world. Heroes’ Feast includes recipes for snacking, such as Elven Bread, Iron Rations, savory Hand Pies, and Orc Bacon, as well as hearty vegetarian, meaty, and fish mains, such as Amphail Braised Beef, Hommlet Golden Brown Roasted Turkey, Drow Mushroom Steaks, and Pan-Fried Knucklehead Trout—all which pair perfectly with a side of Otik’s famous fried spiced potatoes. There are also featured desserts and cocktails—such as Heartlands Rose Apple and Blackberry Pie, Trolltide Candied Apples, Evermead, Potion of Restoration, and Goodberry Blend—and everything in between, to satisfy a craving for any adventure.

On the House: Over 100 Essential Tips and Recipes for the Home Bartender Cider Mill Press (November 3, 2020) With a copy of On the House at your side, you’ll be an instant bartending expert. Learn how to mix up dozens of cocktails in seconds with easy-to-follow drink recipes. Make a perfect martini or serve up an Old Fashioned—whatever your poison, these classic cocktails are sure to be a showstopper. And with recipes crafted with the beginner bartender in mind, you can mix with confidence every time. This compact edition is perfect for the budding mixologist or the forgetful bartender in your life. Trust us, with a copy of On the House at your side, you’ll be an instant bartending expert.

Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home by J. M. Hirsch Voracious (November 3, 2020) Revolutionize the way you drink at home with simple recipes and common ingredients — no obscure liquors or fussy techniques needed — from the editorial director of Milk Street, J.M. Hirsch. Are you done with generic gin and tonics, mediocre Manhattans and basic martinis? You can use pantry staples and basic liquors to produce more than 200 game-changing craft cocktails worthy of a seat at the bar. Every drink is rated by its characteristics — Warm, Refreshing, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Fruity, Herbal, Creamy, Spicy, Strong and Smoky — to help expand your horizons and find more drinks to love.

Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium by Glenn Dakin Hero Collector; Illustrated Edition (November 3, 2020) Set your taste-buds to stunned! These Cosmic recipes will take you where no one has gone before. They’re cocktails, Jim, but not as you know them. The perfect holiday gift for the Star Trek fan in your life! Have you ever longed for a taste of Romulan Ale? Or pined for the mellowing effect of Dr McCoy’s Mint Julep? Perhaps a Fuzzy Tribble would get you purring? Or a soothing sip of Captain Picard’s Earl Grey Martini? This voyage into the future of stylish drinking is a must for all Star Trek – and cocktail – fans. With a galaxy of illustrations, and a witty garnish of quotations, this book will help you celebrate your favorite show. Mix the classic cocktails served on Starfleet starships throughout the Federation! Picard, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, Quark, and more – try out each crew member’s favorite!

A Long Stride: The Story of the World’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky by Nicholas Morgan Canongate Books; Main Edition (November 3, 2020) The history of Johnnie Walker, beginning in 1820, is also the history of Scotch whisky. But who was John Walker―the man who started the story? And how did his business grow from the shelves of a small grocery shop in Kilmarnock to become the world’s number one Scotch? A Long Stride tells the story of how John Walker and a succession of ingenious and progressive business leaders embraced their Scottish roots to walk confidently on an international stage. By doing things their own way, Johnnie Walker overturned the conventions of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, survived two world wars, and flourished despite prohibition and the Great Depression to become the first truly global whisky brand, revolutionizing the world of advertising along the way. Ultimately the story is a testament to how an obsession with quality and a relentless drive to always move forward created the most recognized Scotch whisky brand in the world.

Better with Bubbles: An Effervescent Education in Champagnes & Sparkling Wines by Ariel Arce Universe (November 3, 2020) In the hands of Air’s Champagne Parlor owner Ariel Arce, sparkling wine is magic: It makes music sound better, clothes feel sexier, people look hotter, big ideas seem possible. It’s a legal drug that lets you get a little loose, fly high on effervescence. It’s a mischievous potion that was created out of an accident in the 1600s, whose mysteries we are still drawn to today. Drawing on Arce’s decade of experience selling, tasting, and proselytizing, Pop Bottles educates, amuses, inspires, and empowers us to make Champagne and sparkling a go-to.
Divided into two sections (one for Champagne, the other on sparkling wines from around the world), Pop Bottles dispenses with dry backstory and tedious tasting notes in favor of a rollicking, visual tour of the universe of bubbly. Discover your palate through a choose-your-own-adventure tasting guide; learn what to wear (and not wear) to a vineyard; and learn how to throw a Champagne pizza party. The sparkling section will cover dominant sparkling regions (Italy, Spain, and elsewhere in France), along with exciting newer players like England, America, Australia, and Japan.

Apotheke: Modern Medicinal Cocktails by Christopher Tierney & Erica Brod Harper Design (November 10, 2020) With its 1800s-Parisian-absinthe-den vibe combined with an air of opium-den secrecy, Apotheke is a unique urban apothecary that provides a multi-sensory experience for its clientele. Talented botany-minded mixologists, dressed in lab coats labeled “Dispensing Chemist,” experiment behind the glowing marble bar with local and exotic herbs, botanicals, and tinctures. Much like herbalists and apothecaries have done for thousands of years, they balance science, art, and flavor cultivating healing ingredients in boundary-shattering cocktail formulas that offer the amazing healing power of plants. In Apotheke, the creators of the popular speakeasy with locations in Manhattan and Los Angeles share their holistic approach to drinking well, delving into the use of alcohol as medicine, the story of the establishment’s creation, and exploring the signature house-made ingredients; local and organic botanicals, tinctures, and produce; and ancient healing herbal combinations that have put the storied speakeasy on the map. With a beautiful design that echoes the award-winning décor of their establishments, this modern wellness handbook also features the first-ever compilation of fifty of Apotheke’s renowned Formula List creations to recreate the flavorful medicinal mixology of Apotheke at home, with recipes such as Kale in Comparison, Forlorn Dragon, Sitting Buddha, and Paid Vacation.

Splash: Modern Classic Cocktails by Ivy Mix & Whoo Kid Kingston Imperial (November 10, 2020) Splash is destined to become one of the definitive resources in modern cocktail culture. With drinks created by Ivy Mix, a James Beard nominee who is one of the best-known bartenders in the United States. She won the Spirited Award for Best American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail, and Wine Enthusiast named her “Mixologist of the Year.” Ivy has been piling up even more accolades at Leyenda, the pan-Latin cocteleria she opened in Brooklyn with long-time mentor and New York cocktail maven Julie Reiner. Leyenda is listed as one of the Best Cocktail Bars in America. Splash sets a fresh and unique tone for cocktail books by bringing us innovative new cocktails and never before told celebrity tales. The book will feature celebrity stories curated by Whoo Kid, who is one of the most influential DJ’s in the music industry. He started his career as 50 Cent’s DJ. He is also a highly sought after producer and radio-host on Eminem’sShade 45 on Sirius XM. Whoo Kid is a cornerstone and creative force in American music and entertainment. With Splash Ivy Mix brings you recipes to suit any occasion. You’ll find an informative introduction packed with all the essential knowledge an experienced or new mixologist needs to create the over 100 original and inventive recipes, filled with high-quality photography, charts and infographics, and colorful and entertaining stories from Whoo Kid’s A-list friends. Splash is not only a must-have for cocktail enthusiasts around the globe; it is also an iconic pop culture piece. Splash is the ultimate gift for any cocktail book collector.

Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky by Fabio Petroni White Star Publishers (November 17, 2020) This latest entry in the elegantly photographed Sommelier series recounts the long and storied history of whisky—one of the world’s most treasured liquors. Whisky is one of the world’s most-appreciated and loved spirits, and this gorgeous volume celebrates its long traditions and legendary brands. It discusses whisky’s origins, troubled history, and production, and offers tasting tips on how to drink this luscious liquor. Learn about the different types and the various countries where it is made, the whiskys that collectors most covet (including Highland Park 10, Sonoma 2nd Chance Wheat, and Four Roses Single Barrel, as well as special collector’s whiskies from distilleries like Ardbeg and Bowmore); delicious cocktails to whip up, including a Manhattan, Mint Julep, Old Fashioned, and Sazerac; and recipes for dishes that perfectly accompany this divine drink. As always in the Sommelier series, this compilation is lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs and historical images capturing the makers, the bottles, and even vintage advertising posters.

Journey of Sake: Stories and Wisdom from an Ancient Tradition by Takashi Goto Nippan IPS (November 18, 2020) Sake, Japanese fermented rice wine, is said to date back two thousand years, and now the rest of the world is catching up on its rich and pleasing taste. Now we can enjoy sake in restaurants in many countries, but it is very special to visit local breweries in Japan and feel the atmosphere of where the sake is born. More and more, sake breweries all over Japan are welcoming foreign visitors, and in this book, international sake sommelier Takashi Goto introduces ten local sake breweries. Through beautiful photographs and detailed descriptions of the breweries and as well as by evoking the devotion of sake professionals, this book is a true celebration of the ancient tradition of sake. Featuring useful information, including basic knowledge on sake as well as tips to enjoy it either at home or in restaurants or in traditional settings, this book will be a wonderful companion to all sake lovers–beginners and avid enthusiasts alike.

The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller’s Journey Into the Flavor of Place (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) by Rob Arnold Columbia University Press (December 1, 2020) Look at the back label of a bottle of wine and you may well see a reference to its terroir, the total local environment of the vineyard that grew the grapes, from its soil to the climate. Winemakers universally accept that where a grape is grown influences its chemistry, which in turn changes the flavor of the wine. A detailed system has codified the idea that place matters to wine. So why don’t we feel the same way about whiskey? In this book, the master distiller Rob Arnold reveals how innovative whiskey producers are recapturing a sense of place to create distinctive, nuanced flavors. He takes readers on a world tour of whiskey and the science of flavor, stopping along the way at distilleries in Kentucky, New York, Texas, Ireland, and Scotland. Arnold puts the spotlight on a new generation of distillers, plant breeders, and local farmers who are bringing back long-forgotten grain flavors and creating new ones in pursuit of terroir. In the twentieth century, we inadvertently bred distinctive tastes out of grains in favor of high yields―but today’s artisans have teamed up to remove themselves from the commodity grain system, resurrect heirloom cereals, bring new varieties to life, and recapture the flavors of specific local ingredients. The Terroir of Whiskey makes the scientific and cultural cases that terroir is as important in whiskey as it is in wine.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm up Winter by Emma Stokes Pop Press (December 1, 2020) Warm up this winter with the toastiest of tipples. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to celebrate than to welcome your guests in from the cold with a tasty tipple? With easy-to-follow recipes for Pumpkin Punch, Smoky Bourbon Bonfires, Jingle Juice, New Year Negronis, the trusty classics, and plenty of non-alcoholic options too, you’ll be feeling festive AF all winter. Carve the pumpkins, stack the bonfire, deck the halls, and let’s get merry!

How to Drink Like a Royal by Albert W. A. Schmid Red Lightning Books (December 8, 2020) “Royalty.” A single word that invokes daydreams of champagne, lavish lifestyles, and extravagant parties. In How to Drink Like a Royal, Albert W. A. Schmid offers readers a taste of how the other half lives, with cocktail recipes inspired by some of the world’s most famous dynasties. To ensure that you will delight even royal guests, Schmid also provides tips for proper etiquette, such as the requirement to stand if the Monarch is standing and to never, ever try to take a selfie. Discover cocktails like the Golden Doublet, created to celebrate the marriage of England’s Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips, or the Savoy Royale created for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on her visit to the Savoy Hotel, London. Other recipes give ode to royal families from works of literature, like the Beowulf Cocktail honoring King Hrothgar of the Danes. Even the royalty of the United States is featured through the Hawaiian Martini, an homage to the Hawaiian royal family who reigned from their palaces until 1893. With easy-to-follow glossaries for both royal and cocktail-making terms alongside 180 recipes for a wide array of drinks that will quench any sort of thirst, How to Drink Like a Royal is an informative and light-hearted manual to help you cultivate your inner prince or princess.

Düngeonmeister: 75 Epic RPG Cocktail Recipes to Shake Up Your Campaign (The Ultimate RPG Guide Series) by Jef Aldrich & Jon Taylor Adams Media (December 15, 2020) Celebrate your campaigns and conquests with these 75 fun, RPG-inspired cocktail recipes your whole gaming group will love! Make your next gaming adventure even more fun with this collection of 75 RPG-inspired cocktails! Featuring fantasy-themed libations from the boozy Dragon the Beach and a Potion of Strength to a sneaky Stealth Check shot and a Never Split the Party Punch, you’ll keep spirits high and your friends happy during your next dungeon-crawling tabletop adventure. Complete with easy-to-follow, accessible instructions, Düngeonmeister also includes funny jokes and hilarious asides that will take your campaign (or your next gathering) to the next level!

GSN Alert: Cocktail & Spirits Book Preview – Summer 2020 (July-September)

Hey, we’ve all got extra time to read during quarantine. Why not pick up some new cocktail, spirit, beer, sake or libatious books to pass the time? Here are some books coming out this summer that are sure to wet your whistle.

The Pikes Cocktail Book: Rock ‘n’ roll cocktails from one of the world’s most iconic hotels by Dawn Hindle Ryland (Peters & Small) June 30, 2020 Recreate the most popular drinks to have been shaken, stirred, and swallowed at one of the world’s most unique venues. George Michael, Freddie Mercury, Grace Jones, Fatboy Slim, Irvine Welsh, Idris Elba, Daniel Radcliffe, Boy George, Kate Moss Kylie, LCD SoundSystem, and countless other celebrities and royalty have all sipped the cocktails served at the legendary Pikes Ibiza while sitting around its iconic pool and dancing in the in-house nightclub that used to be Freddie Mercury’s suite. Now, for the first time ever, The Pikes Cocktail Book tells the story of this incredible place, with drinks recipes inspired by mischief and misbehavior at this epicenter of Balearic excess. The 65 drinks recipes are divided into chapters such as Poolside Sunset, After Midnight, and The Morning After where you can sample Captain of the Night, Sunny’s Gay G&T, Golden Bird, and many more.

The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies by Tristan Stephenson (Ryland Peters & Small) July 28, 2020 A captivating introduction to the world of fine whiskies, brought to you by bestselling author, restaurateur, bar-owner, and world-class drinks connoisseur Tristan Stephenson.Tristan explores the origins of whiskey, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal “aqua vitae” (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whiskey. Explore the magic of malting, the development of flavor, and the astonishing barrel-ageing process as you learn about how whiskey is made. After that, you might choose to make the most of Tristan’s bar skills with some inspirational house-blends and whiskey-based cocktails. This fascinating, entertaining, and comprehensive book is sure to appeal to aficionados and novices alike.

The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Rum by Tristan Stephenson (Ryland Peters & Small) August 25, 2020 Discover why rum is fast becoming the hottest spirit in the world right now with this essential companion from bestselling author and master mixologist Tristan Stephenson. The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Rum explores rum’s remarkable history from its humble origins to its status as life-blood of the Royal Navy and its love affair with Cuba. Discover its darker past, with tales of devils, pirates, and its reputation as the revolutionary spirit. Now this fabled drink is in the midst of another revolution, transforming from uninspiring grog to premium product. Barrel-aged dark varieties are leading the charge and poised to attract existing Bourbon fans while the cocktail Renaissance that began in the early 2000s has recently expanded to include tiki and non-tiki rum cocktails. Is this entertaining primer you’ll learn how rum is made, from the science of sugar cane and molasses to distillation and unique ageing techniques. Next, Tristan’s unrivaled mixology skills will help you master jazzed-up versions of the Mai Tai and Mojito, perfect a Planter’s Punch, and keep you on trend with Brazil’s famous Caipirinha and Batida cocktails, made with rum’s sister spirit, cachaça. Let the rum revolution begin!

Beautiful Booze: Stylish Cocktails to Make at Home by Natalie Migliarini and James Stevenson (Countryman Press) August 25, 2020 Shaken, stirred, clarified, layered, floral, and more, these gorgeous cocktails taste as good as they look
Cocktail alchemy―the sweet, sour, bitter, booze―is magic in the hands of self-taught mixologist Natalie Migliarini. Sure, her story is the classic “girl-quits-job-to-pursue-passion-(cocktails)-starts-website-(Beautiful Booze)-leads-to-book-(yes, this one).” But these beautiful drinks are the result of a real immersion in the craft of building cocktails. Based on a solid foundation of research and feel for cocktail trends, Beautiful Booze is an instant classic. Readers can prepare these drinks at home, using available ingredients and simple tools. Great cocktails elevate every occasion from ordinary to amazing. Here you’ll find recipes for mainstays like the Bloody Mary Bar Cart, as well as old-made-new cocktails like a Créme de la Colada, Limoncello Daiquiri, and Lavender Fizz. Vibrant photographs make reading this book almost as much fun as mixing its drinks.

Distilled in Vermont: A History & Guide with Cocktail Recipes by Chris Maggiolo and Jeremy Elliott (The History Press) September 7, 2020 Vermont is known as a center of contemporary craft food and beverage production, and the distilled spirits industry is no exception. From a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs a decade ago, the state now boasts more than fifteen distilleries and growing. But getting a product from concept to glass involves more than just trial and error. The ingredients, production processes and marketing techniques are as varied as the distilleries themselves. From SILO Distillery in Windsor to Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, each producer reveals its stories as it recounts the trials and tribulations of distilling in the Green Mountain State. Join author and distiller Chris Maggiolo as he reveals the unique and complex journey of taking a product idea to market in a state known for its innovation.

WitchCraft Cocktails: 70 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic & Ritual by Julia Halina Hadas (Adams Media) September 8, 2020 A stunning collection of 70 witchcraft-inspired drink recipes with inspiration for creating your very own spirited cocktails to benefit your practice. For centuries, witches have been using spirits of all forms during rituals and celebrations. Now, today’s modern witch can learn how to make the perfect powerful witchcraft cocktail. All you need is a delicious and easy recipe, a bottle of your favorite booze, and a desire to get witchy. In WitchCraft Cocktails, you will find 70 recipes for alcohol-based beverages that are sure to help you in your craft. Designed for healing, spells, offerings, and just plain fun, there’s nothing these boozy drinks can’t do! Need a love potion to help woo your lover? Maybe a tincture to heal a cold? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect witch-themed signature cocktail to serve at your next gathering. Regardless of what you’re looking for, this book has you covered and includes tips on how to use your witch’s brew to further your practice—and have fun!

The United States of Cocktails: Recipes, Tales, and Traditions from All 50 States (and the District of Columbia) by Brian Bartels and Brad Thomas Parsons (Abrams Image) September 8, 2020 An exploration of the beloved cocktails, spirits, and bars that define each state in America The United States of Cocktails is a celebration of the cocktail history of every state in America. After traveling around this great nation and sampling many of the drinks on offer, cocktail authority Brian Bartels serves up a book that is equal parts recipe collection, travelogue, historical miscellany, bartender’s manual, and guide to bar culture today—with bar and drink recommendations that are sure to come in handy whether or not you are crossing state lines. Delving into the colorful stories behind the creation of drinks we love, this book includes more than 100 recipes alongside spirited analysis of each state’s unique contributions to cocktail culture. Filled with colorful illustrations, The United States of Cocktails is an opinionated and distinctively designed love letter to the spirits, bars, and people who have created and consumed the iconic drinks that inspire us and satisfy our thirst.

The Sazerac by Tim McNally (LSU Press) September 16, 2020 The Sazerac ranks among the most famous drinks of a city famous for its drinking, but where did the classic New Orleans cocktail originate? Drinks journalist Tim McNally dives into the history of the Sazerac in a lively chronicle that ranges from a family-owned Cognac company in France, to an ingredient created by a New Orleans pharmacist, to a spirit once banned on three continents, to the renowned Playboy Clubs of the 1970s, which helped revitalize the enjoyment of complex, elegant mixed drinks. Among the many significant developments in the life of the Sazerac was its designation in 2008 as the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans. When the Sazerac made its first appearance in the mid-1800s, the very concept of a cocktail (though not the word) was still new. Bartenders did not spend much time combining multiple ingredients for a single drink, and when they did, they felt no impulse to give it a name. But the Sazerac was unique. It combined a specific Cognac named Sazerac de Forge et Fils with Creole pharmacist Antoine Peychaud’s much-beloved brand of bitters, plus a sugar cube―all of which were stirred and strained into a drink glass coated with absinthe. The making of the drink provided the comfort and enjoyment of a social ritual, and the Sazerac became both a delicious beverage in its own right and a marker of the city’s unique alcohol culture. With a spirited blend of history, cocktail trivia, and recipes, The Sazerac uncovers the true story of one of New Orleans’s most long-lived and iconic beverages.

The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes by Dale DeGroff (Clarkson Potter; Revised edition) September 22, 2020 The renowned cocktail bible, fully revised and updated by the legendary bartender who set off the cocktail craze–featuring over 100 brand-new recipes, all-new photography, and an up-to-date history of the cocktail. The Craft of the Cocktail was the first real cookbook for cocktails when it first published in 2002, and it has had a remarkable influence on bartending. With this new edition, the original gets a delicious update, bringing expertise from Dale DeGroff, the father of craft cocktails, to the modern bar for a new generation of cocktail enthusiasts. The beloved histories, culture, tips, and tricks are back but all are newly revised, and DeGroff’s favorite liquor recommendations are included so you know which gin or bourbon will mix just right.

The Pocket Guide to Whisky: Featuring the Whisky Tube Map (Birlinn Pocket Guides) by Blair Bowman and Nikki Welch (Birlinn) September 23, 2020 The ever-expanding world of whisky can be a daunting one, with a deluge of new brands, distilleries and literature on the subject making it all but impossible for the amateur whisky drinker to find their way. Blair Bowman provides a compact and accessible, easy-to-use guide to help budding whisky enthusiasts on their way. The Pocket Guide to Whisky explores every kind of whisky, from the well-known Scottish giants of Glenlivet, to the exotic Japanese Hibiki, and includes the ever-growing and hotly debated blended whiskies too! This little volume will tell you everything you need to know, from what to look for in whisky and what to avoid, to getting the best value for money to the perfect accompaniments to your dram and the ideal whisky for every occasion.

The United States of Craft Beer, Updated Edition: A Guide to the Best Craft Breweries Across America by Jess Lebow (Adams Media; Updated edition) August 25, 2020 Discover the best craft beer breweries in America as you travel state by state with this fun and updated craft beer roadmap. From California to Maine, there are tons of great craft breweries to explore! In The United States of Craft Beer, beer expert and home-brewer Jess Lebow invites you along this state-by-state exploration of America’s greatest breweries. From Jack’s Abby Brewing in Massachusetts to Maui Brewing Company in Hawaii, this guide takes you to fifty of the best breweries in the country and samples more than fifty-handcrafted beers. Learn everything you want to know about the people who make the nation’s best-tasting beers and the innovative brewing methods that help create the perfect batch. Now you can experience the ultimate bar crawl, as you sample and savor every delicious sip the United States has to offer!

The Shaken and the Stirred: The Year’s Work in Cocktail Culture by Stephen Schneider and Craig N. Owens (Indiana University Press) September 1, 2020 Over the past decade, the popularity of cocktails has returned with gusto. Amateur and professional mixologists alike have set about recovering not just the craft of the cocktail, but also its history, philosophy, and culture. The Shaken and the Stirred features essays written by distillers, bartenders and amateur mixologists, as well as scholars, all examining the so-called ‘Cocktail Revival’ and cocktail culture. Why has the cocktail returned with such force? Why has the cocktail always acted as a cultural indicator of class, race, sexuality and politics in both the real and the fictional world? Why has the cocktail revival produced a host of professional organizations, blogs, and conferences devoted to examining and reviving both the drinks and habits of these earlier cultures?

Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by Iain Banks (Century) September 1, 2020 In an absorbing voyage as interesting to non-drinkers as to true whisky connoisseurs, sci-fi and literary author Iain Banks explores the rich heritage of Scottish whisky, from the most famous distilleries to the most obscure operations. Whisky is more than a drink: it’s a culture that binds together people, places, and products far across Scotland’s rugged terrain. Switching from cars to ferries to bicycles, Banks criss-crosses his homeland, weaving an engrossing narrative full of fascinating traditions, peculiar people, and the downright bizarre places he encounters on his journey down Scotland’s great golden road.

 

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Beer: A Complete Guide to the Best Beers from Around the World by Bill Yenne (Crestline Books) September 8, 2020 Take the beer tour of your dreams! Join author Bill Yenne on a whirlwind tour of the crafty world of beer. After a quick stop to learn about the anatomy of beer, including ingredients, styles, and even museums, The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Beer guides you through all the regions of the world and their famous brews. Inside, find maps, charts, illustrations, and photographs showcasing favorite brews of the areas. Featuring beer from regions like: Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Netherlands, USA, Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and even the Far East. A section at the back gives you an overview of beer glassware, so you’ll know which glass to use when sampling each regional brew. Grab a pint and delve into this sweeping tour of one of the world’s favorite beverages!

The Japanese Sake Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Great Sake – With Tasting Notes and Scores for 100 Top Brands by Brian Ashcraft, Takashi Eguchi and Richie Hawtin (Tuttle Publishing) September 15, 2020 The Japanese Sake Bible is the ultimate book about Japan’s national drink—from its history and culture to its ingredients and production methods, how to choose the best sake and recommended food pairings. Author Brian Ashcraft—the author of the popular guide Japanese Whisky—has put together lively commentaries based on dozens of interviews with master brewers and sake experts across Japan. His fascinating stories are accompanied by over 300 full-color photographs, maps and drawings. A unique feature of this book is that it includes reviews, tasting notes, scores and a buying guide for over 100 of the leading sake brands, written by respected Japanese sake expert Takashi Eguchi. These include all the sakes most commonly found outside Japan. Each sake has a photo of the label, tasting notes, a score and recommended food pairings. Information on the leading brewers is provided, and the sakes are grouped by flavor profile. Japanese sake is brewed worldwide today and is winning over many converts. A foreword by sake connoisseur and world-renowned DJ Richie Hawtin addresses the spread in global popularity and the shared mission of making this specialty beverage as accessible as possible. With the help of this book you’ll soon become an expert in selecting, serving and enjoying Japan’s favorite drink.

Another Round: 200 Trivia Questions for Cocktail Nerds Game by Editors of PUNCH (Clarkson Potter) September 22, 2020 Shake up your next cocktail hour with these 200 multiple-choice trivia cards that cover drink-making pop culture, history and lore, recipes and techniques, and travel. What’s the one drink mentioned by name in The Great Gatsby? Which faux pas do bartenders consider bad luck when garnishing a drink with olives? Prove your cocktail expertise with this trivia game written by the editors of PUNCH, an award-winning online magazine covering wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails. An enclosed booklet offers instructions, tips for bartending, and 10 unique cocktail recipes. Whether you’re hosting a proper trivia night and playing competitively or setting the cards out as conversation starters, Another Round is the ultimate ice-breaker.

Spirited: Cocktails from around the World by Adrienne Stillman and Andy Sewell (Phaidon Press) September 30, 2020 A major global celebration of classic and cutting-edge cocktail recipes that define the way we drink, wherever we are.Spirited is the most important book of cocktails from around the world ― researched and collected for the home drink maker. It spotlights hundreds of cocktail recipes from the past 500 years and 60 countries, ranging from renowned iconic classics to lesser-known regional specialties to influential bespoke drinks ― each reflecting the era, location, or bar that inspired it. Contemporary design and a wealth of commissioned photographs create an authoritative, accessible global guide that perfectly distills the cocktail’s distinctive essence. The perfect book for celebrating!