Many bartending guides provide scant information about drink ingredients themselves. So a Mai Tai calls for rumwhat kind? If youre mixing a Vodka Tonic, how should the vodka smell? Why does a Bombay Sling require bitters? (And what are bitters, anyway?) Blue, who is Bon Appétits wine and spirits editor, intelligently answers these questions and others in this full analysis of libations other than beer and wine. He covers vodka, aquavit, gin, rum, tequila, scotch and Irish whiskey, North American whiskey, brandy, liqueurs and bitters, addressing what each spirit is made of, how its made, its history, the various flavors that exist and even the numerous brands available. Blues historical outlines of each spirit are fascinating; for example, in the chapter on vodka, he tells the saga of the Smirnov (later changed to Smirnoff) family and their exile from Russia to Paris. But with the history comes up-to-the-minute information on popular beverages like the mojito, a rum drink thats currently "one of the hottest drinks on the club scene." Although the guide isnt lighthearted, its casual enough to inspire page-flipping and informal perusal.
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Anthony Dias Blue is the author of several books, including The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks and American Wine: A Comprehensive Guide. For twenty years he has been Wine and Spirits editor of Bon Appétit. His reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers across the country, including Wine Spectator, Robb Report, epicurious.com, American Way, and Decanter. Mr. Blue's Lifestyle Minute is broadcast several times daily on CBS radio. He lives in California.
Great book on spirits. Gives the history and distilling techniques used to make them, how to tell them apart, and even rates a lot of them at the end of each chapter. Read morePublished 13 days ago by frushour007
great information...easy to read.....must read for beginnersPublished 8 months ago by Robert J. Thume
This is a nice book to have if you are interested in the origin and history of liquors. A good readPublished 10 months ago by Tam N.
If you are interested in the history of spirits and a critique of current labels, this is a great reference that is easy to read. This history covered seems to be well researched.Published 16 months ago by TS_Sanchez
This is a good intro book into the world of spirits. Provides a decent background and enough information to get you started.Published on August 24, 2013 by Jon
A little wordy and not as succinct as I wanted. I ended up leaving it at a shop I worked at in Hilton Head Island instead of bringing it to my next job!Published on April 5, 2013 by suesporch