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The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level Hardcover – September 5, 2013
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"Why have one delightful cocktail when you can have two or three? This book, as elegant as it is useful, adds a golden arrow to the serious drink-mixer's quiver. Armed with it, I look forward to shimming everyone in sight." -- David Wondrich, Esquire columnist and author of Imbibe! and Punch (advance praise)
"These well-considered bibulous gems all weigh in on the featherweight end of the alcohol spectrum, so a drinker can sample through a few without fear of a knockout punch. Such delicious and dialed-in drinks should be a part of every bartender's repertoire, and on the evening itinerary of every cocktail enthusiast's night on the town." -- Paul Clarke, The Cocktail Chronicles and contributing editor of Imbibe magazine (advance praise)
"Insightful and entertaining, The Art of the Shim is an informative addition to anyone's cocktail book collection." -- Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse, author of Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be, The Bubbly Bride, and Edible Cocktails (advance praise)
"Absolutely fantastic!" -- Erik Lorincz, head bartender, American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London (advance praise)
From the Author
I've been studying low-alcohol cocktails and collecting recipes since before I coined the term 'shim' in 2008. In preparation for this book I revisited about 500 recipes from 150 years of cocktail books and other sources. I also solicited low-alcohol recipes from bartenders. From this pool, I narrowed down to approximately 200 recipes which were tested with friends. My testing group intentionally included a wide variety of drinkers from lightweights to whiskey snobs, including some who usually do not choose cocktails in preference to beer and wine. Their feedback combined with my curation to create a balanced sampling of the great variety of drinks in the shim category.
Once the final 53 recipes were selected, I again contacted bartenders and others in the cocktail world to bring their voices into the book. I also confirmed the history of each recipe with the goal of providing as accurately as possible the origin of these drinks. Where I was able to connect with living drink creators, I included their thoughts on the cocktail. The book was tested with beta readers representing cocktail fans, industry professionals, and those new to the subject. Fortunately, all this hard work was also tremendous fun and I thank everyone involved, especially you, the reader. Enjoy!
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is an excellent primer on drinks that do just that. The drinks are all fantastically tasty, and providing you have access to sherry, fairly easy to make. We drank through about 10 of these recipes at a recent house party, and while not every drink was great for every palate, at least one of more of us loved each drink.
Most cocktail books suffer from 2 main problems, in my opinion:
1) recipes, techniques, and especially equipment that is too complex/expensive (especially for a "home-gamer") and
2) a lot of the same stuff you already read in other books.
This book passes both those criteria with flying colors... and it is nice to have some drink ideas for when you want to stay level.
While, some of the drinks are things you might expect - vermouth and soda, spritzes, etc. - there are number of unexpected approaches, all of which are delicious.
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