A Recommendation: Food & Wine Cocktails 2014

Just in time for summer-entertaining season, Food & Wine magazine has released its latest annual collection of the world's greatest cocktails. It is the magazine's 10th Anniversary edition and it is more of a pocket book than a magazine with 220 pages of excellent cocktail recipes and photographs. I am not a big drinker, really, but I have wanted to have a basic guide to cocktails in my repertoire for a long time. This little booklet meets that need perfectly.
The book is beautifully designed and exceptionally organized. The content is broken down into eleven chapters: Apertifs, Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum, Whiskey, Brandy, Nightcaps, Big-Batch Drinks, Mocktails and Bar Food. There is also a glossary about glassware and barware, a guide to essential spirits, a "Bar Lexicon," a section on homemade mixers, a measurement conversion chart and a guide to the best watering holes in the largest U.S. cities. Each recipe also has a flavour chart, denoting how the drink will taste: sweet, strong, tart, bitter, fruity, floral or smokey. Each recipe also has an image of the type of glass it should be served in. Very helpful! This is an indespensible book for anyone who entertains frequently and wants to 'shake things up' with some exciting new flavours from the bar. I highly recommend it. You can find it on newsstands and where ever books are sold.

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