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Editorial Reviews


"If you like your cocktails to give off a little heat or tantalize your tongue with an unexpected burst of flavor, Spice & Ice  is one book you'll want nearby." --Epicurious

"This beautiful little drink book, with its novel recipes and lovely photography, would be a welcome addition to the collection of any bartender or drink enthusiast that is ready to experience something new and exciting."

"There's more to spicy cocktails than the Bloody Mary...this helpful new book can help guide you through this relatively untrammeled terrain." --Serious Eats

"Spicy is hot, both in the mouth and as a flavor trend...Spice & Ice is sure to heat up the bar." --Cheers Magazine

About the Author

Kara Newman is a food, wine, and spirits writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Wine Enthusiast, among others.

Antonis Achilleos is a New York-based photographer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866675
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kara Newman is the spirits editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and the author of two cocktail books, Spice & Ice and the forthcoming Cocktails for a Crowd (both from Chronicle Books) - as well as The Secret Financial Life of Food, newly published by Columbia University Press.

She is the former vice president of strategic research at Thomson Reuters and a former board member of the Culinary Historians of New York. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Saveur, NPR's "Kitchen Window" and many other publications.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Essman on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Quite an excellent reference for cocktails that are a little different. Well conceived.

Kara organizes these drink recipes by season (of the year) with the aim of showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients. The "Wasabi-Tini" ushers in spring (a caveat: wasabi-ize with the utmost care). Summer's "Watermelon Hot" combines freshly pulsed watermelon with green Thai chilies to allay (or perhaps obliterate) the worst of those dog days. Autumn's "Mule Kick" is a variant of the "Moscow Mule," using jalapeño-infused Vodka. Winter's "Mexican Hot Chocolate" is a multi-step recipe but evidently worth the trouble: hot chocolate with Kahluá plus a half teaspoon of a "Mexican Spice Mix" composed of chili powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

A good solid third of the book involves preparation and method, how to handle spices, spicy cocktail food pairings, and an especially eye-opening (if not eye-watering) section on how to make spice-infused liquors and syrups.

Extremely valuable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Thayer on May 5, 2013
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I've only tried one of the recipes from this book so far, but the advice in general seems sound, and I have bookmarked probably a good 15-20 recipes as "must try."

I did have the blood orange and jalapeno margarita today, and not only was the recipe easy to follow, with clearly laid out step by step instructions on both how to infuse the tequila with peppers, but also the mixing the drink itself. And the result was delicious!

I look forward to trying more of these recipes in the future... one nice touch is that the drinks are laid out according to the four seasons, so the refreshing drinks are listed in summer, and the warm drinks in winter, e.g. But the seasonal recommendations also consider which herbs/fruits/etc. might be available at each time of year. Very well planned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Binder on October 30, 2009
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If you're an amateur bartender (or even a professional one looking to expand your range) this is a great book to show off your barmaking prowess. It has a good range of recipes from ones that are simple (but creative) to ones that are on the fancier side. All of the recipes are rare, so when you serve up your drinks you have a great conversation starter since nobody will have had your drinks before.

Also, the book is printed on thicker paper that will hold up well under the occasional spill, so you can keep it in your kitchen or bar for years without worrying about it breaking down.

A great book for home entertainers and bartenders looking for a "hook" alike!
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