Looking to up your cocktail game this year? Look to Jeremy LeBlanc and Christine Dionese's recently published The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair. Written for both experts and beginners, the recipes include classics with a twist, exotic cocktails, and party drinks with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and small-batch spirits.
• Who wrote it: Jeremy LeBlanc and Christine Dionese
• Who published it: Page Street Publishing
• Number of recipes: 125
• Recipes for right now: Tanjeen Negroni, The Woodsman, L'Orange Rouge Boozy, Rosemary & Rye, Blood Orange French 75, Fernet Me Not, Thistle & Root, Sage & Spice
• Other highlights: Jeremy LeBlanc is head mixologist of Altitude Sky Lounge in San Diego and his book is packed with fresh recipes for every mood and occasion including apéritifs, classics with a twist, exotic cocktails, refreshers, and parties and punches. The instructions are clear, making interesting, hand-crafted cocktails accessible to home enthusiasts as well as professional bartenders. There's also a chapter on tricks of the trade with everything from recommended bar tools and muddling tips to how to create a whiskey wash with bacon.
Nearly every recipe in the book includes suggested brands of spirits, bitters, and other mixers, including big brands and small-batch producers. So while you're not bound to those products to make the cocktails, it provides a fun incentive to build your home bar and expand your taste horizons.
• Who would enjoy this book? professional bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts alike
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair by Jeremy LeBlanc and Christine Dionese
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