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Magic in a Shaker: A Year of Spirited Libations Hardcover – July 7, 2014
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From the Back Cover
"Magic in a Shaker is a must-read for anyone from beginner to practiced bartender. Marvin has made a serious study over the decades of what makes taste buds sit up and take notice."
-Joe Fee, Fee Brothers Bitters
"[Allen's] deft touch in creating a historically proper and balanced cocktail is a joy to behold and to taste. This volume is a reflection of his love for his craft and his city. Party on! Where are the go-cups?"
-Tim McNally, host of The Wine Show; wine and spirits editor for New Orleans Magazine
"How wonderful to have all of this bar magic in your hand."
-Joe Gendusa, historian, author, and cocktail tour guide
In this informative exploration, renowned bartender Marvin J. Allen guides tentative cocktail crafters through the mire of muddling to the magic of mixology. He conversationally introduces ingredients, equipment, technique, and recipes, providing themed libations for each month of the year.
Allen mixes, shakes, and pours from behind the Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar in New Orleans. A United States Bartenders' Guild certified spirits professional, he was named bartender of the year by New Orleans Magazine and a top bartender by City Business magazine.
Ann Benoit, a New Orleans food photographer and food writer, coauthored and photographed Broussard's Courtyard Cookbook and is the author and photographer of New Orleans' Best Ethnic Restaurants, both published by Pelican.
About the Author
Marvin J. Allen is the bar manager and bartender at the Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar. Voted New Orleans Magazine's Bartender of the Year in 2005, Allen has been behind the counter for more than twenty years. A member of the United States Bartenders' Guild, he is a USBG certified spirits professional. Allen's emphasis on classic ingredients and fresh tastes has earned him several honors: his Southern Comfortini won second place in the Tales of the Cocktail© contest in 2003, and in 2004 his Blushing Southern Belle earned honorable mention in the same competition. Allen also placed in the 2010 42 Below Vodka competition with his Peanut Butter and Jelly Martini. A recipient of the 2010 City Business Culinary Connoisseur award, Allen has been an "adopted native" of New Orleans, Louisiana, for more than twenty-five years.
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Marvin's book is a joy. More than just a guide to the cocktails, this is the personification of a liquid driven history lesson. One carefully crafted cocktail at a time.
I'm honored to count Marvin amongst my friends.