Um...is it five o'clock yet? After paging through this beautiful book of boozy libations, I certainly wish it were! Created with "a Lone Star state of mind," these cocktails from David Alan, the original Tipsy Texan, are big, bold, and sure to get the party started. There's no half-way here. This book will have you looking at your liquor cabinet in a whole new light.
• Who wrote it: David Alan
• Who published it: Andrews McMeel
• Recipes for right now: Blue Ribbon (gin/blueberries/mint/basil), Candelabro (pisco, cantaloupe juice/Cointreau), Hot Summer Night (honey syrup, lemon juice, vodka, limoncello), Strawberry-Lime Rickey (gin/strawberries/lime), Green Hour (gin/absinthe, lemon juice/rosemary syrup), Hor-Vette (horchata/creme yvette)
• Other highlights: I love the mix of classic cocktails in this book — like the Manhattan and the Gimlet — with tongue-tingling new inventions. Many use fresh fruits and infused simple syrups to add bright flavors (and colors!) to the glass. While most the recipes can be crafted with a fairly basic set of liquors, I don't think it will be long before I find myself at the store picking up bottles of cynar, amaro, and other obscure liquors to complete my cocktail fantasies.
As a newbie cocktailian, I also love reading David Alan's take on the history of many of the liquors in my cabinet. The profiles on local Texas distillers and bartenders give these eye-popping cocktails more context — and make me want to book a trip to Texas asap.
More than anything, this book is just plain fun! Cocktails should be light-hearted affairs shared with good company, after all. I have half a mind to invite a bunch of friends over and see how many recipes we can go through over the course of an evening.
• Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who loves making — and drinking — a good cocktail
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Tipsy Texan by David Alan
• Visit the author's website: David Alan
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