If you're looking to mix up your home bar this summer, here are two fresh new cocktail books for your library. From two legendary USA bars, direct from the professionals, both well researched books come with a slice of history and a twist of creativity.
The Waldorf Astoria Bar
by Frank Caiafa
Whether you're a novice, toying with the idea on a new twist on your Gin and Tonic, or a seasoned bar professional there is something for most avid cocktail fans to learn in this cocktail book by bar manager, Frank Caiafa.
The professional mixologist of the iconic Peacock Alley bar in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel has put his knowledge and experience to impressive use updating the original book, first published back in 1934. Fine-tuning some tried and tested recipes he likens himself to a “modern audio engineer brought in to master old recordings.”
From advice on setting up your own home bar to how to scale up recipes for a party he offers a solid mix of recipes for some of the world's most famous cocktails, from the original Manhattan and daiquiris to his own creations like Cole Porter, with a good dose of history thrown in.
Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
by Martin Cate, Rebecca Cate
Rum lovers need look no further than this 100 recipe strong book by husband and wife mixologists, Martin and Rebecca Cate.
If you're jumping on the tiki renaissance the founders and owners of Smuggler's Cove are just the guides to get up to speed. Taking readers on a colourful journey from tikis's birth and current re-vival as well as how to stock your bar with quality rums.
If you love Mai Tais, you'll find the ultimate recipe here nestled amongst other exotic cocktail ideas. Perfect for that beach themed summer party.
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