I recently wrote about the best cookbooks that came out this year and who on your list you should purchase them for.
One of those books is “Death and Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails.” It’s an amazing book. It has beautiful images and great tips on cocktail making. Above all, it has a number of recipes I’d love to try. Here’s a look at four that I picked out.
Also here’s a link to a fun article in the L.A. Weekly about the 10 cocktail lessons they learned from the book.
Botany of Desire
Brad Farran, 2013
This drink was inspired by Botanist gin from Scotland, which is nuanced and difficult to mix with, so I paired it with other lighter flavors, including a verjus from Napa Valley, that wouldn’t eclipse the gin.
11/2ounces Bruichladdich botanist gin
1/2ounce Busnel VSOP calvados
1/4ounce elixir combier
11/2ounces fusion Verjus blanc
1/2teaspoon cane sugar syrup
1dash orange bitters
garnish 1 apple fan
Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a Nick &Nora glass. Garnish with the apple fan.
East India Trading Co.
Brian Miller, 2009
2ounces Appleton Estate Reserve rum
3/4ounce Lustau East India solera sherry
2dashes Bittermens xocolatl mole bitters
Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a coupe. No garnish.
Joaquín Simó, 2008
The name of this single-serving, Scotch-based punch is derived from the medieval notion that cumin keeps chickens — and husbands — from straying from the coop.
11/2ounces Compas Box asyla scotch
1/4ounce Massenez creme de peche peach liqueur
1/2ounce pineapple juice
1/2ounce lemon juice
1/4ounce cumin syrup
garnish 1 pineapple leaf
Stir all the ingredients, then strain into a double rocks glass over 1 large ice cube. Garnish with the pineapple leaf.
Jason Littrell, 2009
8ounces Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon
4ounces Donn’s spices #2
3ounces lemon juice
4ounces blueberry syrup
6ounces club soda
garnish 6 lemon wheels
In a pitcher, combine all the ingredients (except the club soda). Fill the pitcher three-quarters full with ice cubes. Stir until cold, then strain into a punch bowl over 1 large block of ice. Top with the club soda. Garnish with the lemon wheels and serve with a ladle and punch glasses.
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