A few new books have come my way recently, so here’s a look at the tomes that strike me as being well worth the price of admission.
(Bars And Saloons, Taverns And Random Drink Stories)
A 175 page, 150+ images entertaining, funny irreverent memoir from the loungasaurus of the bar/drink trade. Stories of strange bartenders (Draino, Suck ‘em up Sam, Drink Magician Jason, etc.), weird cocktails, latrine bars, authors DUI on a bicycle, bar staff and customer complaints about each other, and church and bar similarities. Plus the testicle festival, classic cocktails and variations, dark ages of bartending, hangover helpers (good and God awful), Forbidden Fruit/Chambord and chastity belts, and Cock-Ale (the beginning of mixed drinks). Followed by whine tales, Stink to Drink (authors entry to the bar/drink trade), brief drink book reviews, Shampain, Mickey Finns, etc., as well as bar/drink cartoons, images and stories, together with interesting historical aspects, and observations of drink and drinking establishments. And….this is just Volume I!. You should be 21 (LDA) to read this book.
Nine years after they first published their first history of Cuban rum, authors Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown have finished scouring libraries, archives, and databases gleaning as much of the truth about the origins of Cuban rum. Their findings include some rather eye-opening discoveries about the contributions made by Spanish, French, British, and Dutch sources that positioned this seductive spirit ahead of other Caribbean spirits by seeking and adapting new technologies and techniques to its production which is appreciated around the globe.
So you want to win a global cocktail championship or for that matter even a local one. Whether you‘re a first-timer or a grizzled veteran of the cocktail competition circuit, it never hurts to hone your skills to a sharp edge thanks to the tips and tricks in The Cocktail Competition Handbook by Andy Ives. Editor of the BarLifeUK website and an active competition judge, Ives offers up sound advice selecting the right competition to enter, creating a drink, devising a presentation, and then delivering it to a judging panel.