The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. A New Way to Drink.

By David Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

It’s a approach, a device equipment, a recipe e-book. starting with one impossible to resist idea--a whole domestic bar of simply 12 key bottles--here’s tips on how to make greater than two hundred vintage and precise combined beverages, together with sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the suitable Martini, the suitable big apple, and the proper Mint Julep.

It’s a shocking guide--tequila didn’t make the minimize, and neither did bourbon, yet genever did. And it’s a literate guide--describing with nice liveliness every thing from the significance of vermouth and bitters (the “salt and pepper” of mixology) to the tale of a punch bowl so large it used to be stirred via a boy in a rowboat.

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Garnish with the lime wedge. Lemongrass Mojito Glass: Collins or rocks | Ice: Cubed, overwhelmed | Makes: 1 Drink Lemongrass is a tropical, lemon-scented plant a lot utilized in Thai and different Southeast Asian cooking. If you’ve by no means used it—the one-foot-tall stalks are bought in small bundles at such a lot natural-foods supermarkets—don’t be daunted. when you get a whiff of this powerful herb, you'll be hooked for stable. the following within the Lemongrass Mojito, Amy Stewart—author of The Drunken Botanist—recognized the benefit with you could alternative lemongrass for the standard lime in a vintage mojito. the straightforward substitution provides the cocktail a wholly new and fully appealing highly spiced lemon twist. 1½ oz white rum � ounce Lemongrass Syrup (page 376) three to four sprigs clean mint, plus a mint leaf for garnish 1 stalk lemongrass (see field) � lime membership soda 1 mix the rum, lemongrass syrup, mint sprigs, and lemongrass in a cocktail shaker, then squeeze the juice from the lime into the shaker and drop the shell in. litter the constituents lightly to free up the flavors. 2 Fill the shaker three-quarters complete with ice cubes and shake vigorously till completely chilled, 15 seconds. three Fill a collins glass with beaten ice and pressure the drink into the glass. most sensible with the membership soda and garnish with the mint leaf. Tip: selecting and utilizing Lemongrass 1. pick out stalks which are light yellow at the backside and eco-friendly on best, without brown or dry leaves. 2. sooner than utilizing a stalk, bring to a halt the reduce bulb with a chef’s knife and take away the cruel leaves at the outdoor. three. reduce the stalk lengthwise into �- to �-inch sections after which bend them in part a couple of times to aid free up the aromatics. Mojito Glass: Rocks | Ice: overwhelmed | Makes: 1 Drink good prior to the mojito made it into the repertoire of each chain eating place bartender in the USA (not a nasty factor, we say), we have been keen about the nonalcoholic Minty Lime Cooler (page 352) served up by means of our neighborhood faves, the Too scorching Tamales. That drink has just a little everything—sour, fizz, and fragrant mint. Being younger and uneducated within the methods of drink, we by no means notion it could actually get better—until a person dashed a few white rum into the combination, that's. The illegitimate love baby of the Mint Julep and the Daiquiri, the Mojito captures the easiest of easy mixological flair—compounding a drink within the serving glass—with the proper ratio of sultry summer-busting components. It’s very unlikely to make a formal mojito in entrance of somebody with no adopting a little bit Tony Montana swagger. either within the making and the consuming, it’s a potion that instills self assurance. 1 lime, quartered 1 teaspoon granulated sugar three clean mint leaves, plus additional for garnish 2 oz white rum membership soda 1 mix the lime and sugar in a rocks glass and clutter them till the sugar dissolves. 2 upload the 3 mint leaves to the glass and lightly clutter them opposed to the interior of the glass. three Fill the glass with overwhelmed ice, upload the rum, and best with the membership soda. Stir lightly to mix the materials.

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