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Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined [Kindle Edition]

Jason Kosmas , Dushan Zaric
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Time-honored cocktails like the New York Sour and the Sidecar were born during the era of Prohibition, the blessedly bygone social experiment that turned drinking into an underground adventure. In those days, hard beverage options were usually made with homemade hooch and flavorings of dubious origin and quality. 
    
Thankfully, a cocktail renaissance has emerged in many of today’s bars, where inventive drinks showcase both the artistry and craft of bartending. At their moody and atmospheric West Village bar-restaurant Employees Only, master mixologists Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric can regale you with colorful tales of cocktail origins—or just pour you a mean drink. In Speakeasy, Kosmas and Zaric take their inspiration from traditional favorites, then use the finest spirits, the freshest ingredients, and a good measure of reverence for their craft to elevate the mixed drink to artisanal status. 

More than 80 imaginative libations that riff on the classics are showcased in this one-of-a-kind collection. Recipes emphasize fresh fruits and herbs, homemade syrups and infusions, and a careful balancing of flavors, with a mind toward seasonality. A Ginger Smash is offered in four different versions: kumquat, pineapple, pear, or cranberry, depending on the time of year. The Millionaire becomes the Billionaire with the addition of homemade grenadine and 107-proof bourbon. And the South Side becomes the West Side by replacing the gin with sun-kissed Meyer lemon–infused vodka. With the specter of Prohibition firmly in the past, Speakeasy shares recipes for the choicest potent potables, reimagining the finest drinks of yesterday for today’s thirsty imbibers.

 


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Fall into Cooking Featured Recipe from Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric: Mata Hari

The Mata Hari best exemplifies the creative process utilized at Employees Only of taking classic ideas and modernizing them through an expression of big flavors and culinary technique. Inspired by the luscious brandy classic Sidecar, the Mata Hari blends Cognac with chai-infused sweet vermouth and fresh pomegranate juice to introduce soft tannins and exotic spice. Rose hips adorn this cocktail which awaken the olfactory senses, alluding to what comes next. Stunning to look at, seductive on the nose, and vibrant on the pallet, the Mata Hari is one of the first and most popular cocktails at Employees Only. --Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric

Makes one drink

Ingredients

1¼ ounces Louis Royer Force 53 VSOP cognac
1 ounce Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ ounce pomegranate juice
½ ounce simple syrup
3 dried organic rose buds, for garnish

Pour the cognac, vermouth, juices, and syrup into a mixing glass. Add large cold ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with rose buds.

Dominant flavors: deep red pomegranates with roses on the nose
Body: rich, full mouthfeel
Dryness: medium
Complexity: high

Accentuating or contrasting flavors: chai, cinnamon, and clove interweave
Finish: lingering, black tea, spicy



From Publishers Weekly

Kosmas and Zaric (You Didn't Hear It from Us), owners of Employees Only, a not-so-hidden take on a Manhattan speakeasy, offer instruction on recreating classic drinks and stirring up some modern variations. Fresh ingredients are their mainstay, but since the focus is on old-school cocktails, fewer intense flavor combinations arise than what might be found in a more contemporary collection of artisanal concoctions. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's curious, for instance, to learn that the Manhattan, circa 1882, contained more vermouth than it did rye, while its modern version calls for a bourbon to vermouth ratio of 2 to 1. Among the 90 offerings, there are some that one would proudly order across a crowded bar, such as the New York Sour with its shakeup of 101-proof rye, lemon juice, and dry red wine. Others would best be acquired on the down low, like the Monkey Gland, a cocktail of absinthe, gin, orange juice, and Grenadine. There is also the Amelia, a sequel to the Cosmopolitan, starring blackberry puree and elderflower liqueur. For the more literary minded, there is the Hemingway daiquiri, a supposed favorite of Papa's, wherein grapefruit juice finds harmony with rum and maraschino liqueur. (Oct.) (c)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1820 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 158008253X
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045EOIVE
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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"Speakeasy" comes to us at the height of the cocktail revival from people who believe they were largely responsible for that revival. According to the book's authors, the bartenders at Employees Only (a New York watering hole that seeks to recreate the atmosphere of Smart Drinking), America has entered the Platinum Age of the cocktail. Thanks in large part to their efforts and wisdom, Americans are re-learning how to drink and what makes a great cocktail.

This book is the product of much of their hard-won wisdom. On the good side, the book is a reasonably extensive how-to list for making dozens of different cocktails. Each cocktail receives its own write-up on a single page that has plenty of room for margin notes and recipe tweaks - and to their credit the authors encourage the reader to experiment. The authors know that while there are certain mechanics and rules to making good cocktails, mixing a good drink is an art that takes on the personality of the creator. And so we are encouraged to create variations off of these recipes.

Also on the good side - the book contains instructions for how to make your own mixes at home rather than buying the off-the-shelf stuff at the liquor store. This is a sterling addition to the book. Consider - if you're having a Mexican feast over at a friend's house, would you prefer it is he or she made his or own picante sauce or if instead you were handed a bottle of Pace? The same should hold true for such things as simple syrup, grenadine, and the like. True - if you take this book too seriously you're going to be spending an awful lot of time preparing your libations, but such is the price to pay for quality.

The book also provides some lessons on the bartending craft.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy, pleasant, informative cocktail recipe book August 25, 2010
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(NOTE: This review pertains to a softcover advance copy of the book, and not the final text)

Perfect for budding amateur bartenders, "Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined" is a quality cocktail recipe book that (mostly) hits all the right notes, with a few caveats.

Within the book, you will find a classy, smart selection of alcoholic drink recipes that you may or may not be familiar with (e.g. Manhattans, cosmopolitans, sangrias, sidecars, whiskey sours, punches, gimlets, spritzes, Bloody Marys, etc.). Besides classic cocktails, there are recipes for aperitifs, long drinks, pick-me-ups, cordials, infusions, sangrias, punches, homemade syrups and other drink accompaniments.

Most of the timeless drinks included in this book (more than eighty of them) have been reworked with a modern spin, and mostly to good effect. The reworkings are generally respectful and smart, as they honor and (usually) enhance the included classic drink recipes, rather than distort them.

The prose of the book is simple, eloquent and lovingly written (admittedly, I did find the writing to be a bit pretentious at times, but endearingly so). There are lots of intriguing historical tidbits peppered throughout the book; in fact, every recipe in the book is accompanied by a passage that includes background info and other helpful descriptive notes specific to each drink. There is also an informative section in the book that gives helpful preparation tips on how to create the "perfect" cocktail, including general mixing techniques and proper choice of tools.

There are plenty of illustrations and photos contained within the book, always a plus with recipe books of any kind.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but fairly advanced October 21, 2010
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This is a small book of classic and re-invented classic cocktails. The recipes themselves all look pretty interesting, but this brings us to the main fault of the book: the majority of these cocktails are pretty expensive to make. I went through each recipe looking for similarities with the idea that I could make maybe one or two purchases that would allow me to make multiple cocktails with similar ingredients. Unfortunately, there is little overlap. I have a huge bar - around 35 bottles of really nice stuff covering all my bases - but sadly, I didn't have exactly what I needed for any of these cocktails already. Whether it is some sort of exotic bitters, special juice purees and nectars, obscure liqueurs, or strange mixers, I just didn't have them in my bar. If you have time and plenty of money to buy some sort of odd liqueur to make a single type of cocktail, then this book will be fine. If you're looking to make some interesting drinks without going overboard on your next trip to the liquor store, this book is going to frustrate you.

The recipes that I have made were excellent, but the majority remain too involved, too expensive, and just generally inaccessible.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for your average drinker January 19, 2011
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I love to drink, some might say it is my hobby. I have a walk in closet in my family room that only has liquor with at least 75 bottles in it. I own muddlers, shakers, jiggers, strainers, make ice with distelled water in special ice trays. I have a beer fridge and a wine fridge, a margarita machine and blenders and an entire shelf of a book case with books on drink receipes. With that being said the Speakeasy was past my comfort level both in ingredients and the average cost of making a drink.

Old school cocktails are very much in vogue right now and I enjoy them very much. However, my local liquor store was missing several of the key ingredients for the cocktails that I wanted to try out. I would take a guess that the average consumer would have not have many of the key ingredients in stock. With that being said the drinks are creative and the few I tried were very tasty. As for as drink books go this one was very detailed and had nice pictures and the overall quality was much higher than I would have expected. My disappointment was that the ingredients were not easily available.

If you are the type of person who reads Gourment Magazine than you will love the book, however if you are the kind of person who gets their ideas from Rachel Ray magazine the Speakeasy may be out of your comfort level.
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Amazing! I love it!!
Published 1 month ago by Kelia Remsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures. The tools and home-made ingredients section in ...
My go-to reference. Beautiful pictures. The tools and home-made ingredients section in the back of the book is great as well.
Published 1 month ago by Allen Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Many good recipes.
This book was very informative. I enjoyed. The historical aspect. There are many, many good recipes. I will be referring to this book often.
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Well written, informative, and entertaining. I enjoyed it a lot. Their house made grenadine, available to order, is also very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great cocktails, interesting back story, easy recipes and beautiful photos. I recommend this book for anyone interested in spirits and
Published 8 months ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever
I have used nearly all these receipes and they are so good I've given this book as a gift to 5 friends.
Published 8 months ago by Brooks Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
The book is fantastic. My issue was that I paid for a new book and once I received the book there was no invoice in the packaging and the cover had 3 deep scratches.
Published 8 months ago by Annie Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
It gives reader a great list of classic cocktail recipes with modern twists. I use some at home and a lot more at work. Great book for anybody who loves cocktails
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for entertainers or those who enjoy a nice "highball" once in...
Fun book with some "old" recipes as well as takes on the "old school" cocktail. Comes out as good as libations from any of the high end establishments mentioned in... Read more
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