Bitters

Hardcover $24.99

Nov 01, 2011 | 240 Pages

Ebook $14.99

Nov 01, 2011 | 240 Pages

  • Hardcover $24.99

    Nov 01, 2011 | 240 Pages

  • Ebook $14.99

    Nov 01, 2011 | 240 Pages

Awards

IACP Cookbook Award WINNER 2012

James Beard Cookbook Award – Beverage Category WINNER

Praise

Winner, James Beard Awards 2012- Beverage Category 
Winner, IACP Awards 2012- Wine, Beer or Spirits Category

“Finally, here is an entire book devoted to the history, culture, and uses of the herbal elixir.” 
—BonAppetit.com “Best Cookbooks of 2011”

“Gorgeous and fascinating… highly recommend for those interested in spirits.”
—Michael Ruhlman, 12/2/11
 
“Engaging…gorgeous….The book practically begs for a dark leather chair, a roaring fireplace, and a Manhattan…a nearly ideal gift.”
Serious Drinks, 12/1/11
 
“Stylish, engaging, geek-attack-inducing…The beautiful art in Bitters invites readers to touch, open and browse, and the prose is as intelligent as the photography is beautiful. Whether it’s found on the coffee table, in the kitchen or behind the bar, this book incites readers to explore, create and share.”
—Shelf Awareness, 11/22/11

“This is graduate-level stuff and would be a welcome addition to any cocktail geek’s library.” 
—Wall Street Journal, 11/19/11

“Brad Thomas Parsons tracks the bitters boom in his new book Bitters, and manages to elevate herbs to an art form.” 
—Newsweek, 11/14/11

“Fascinating…Parsons offer[s] techniques for making bitters at home as well as a great collection of unique cocktail recipes.” 
—The Washington Post, 11/8/11

“The literary apotheosis of the bizarre and undeniably beautiful artisanal and historic cocktail trend.”
—The Atlantic, 11/4/11

“Cocktails are very much in again and bitters are the belle of the ball. We are totally ready to geek out with this one.”
—The Huffington Post, 8/25/11

“Brad has not only written the definitive volume on bitters, but also proven himself a bartender of the highest order: an inspired mixologist and a gifted storyteller whose generous, engaging voice makes you want to order round after round.” 
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern

Bitters turns a potentially esoteric topic into a breezy read, packed with recipes for the bar and kitchen that we will certainly be adding to our repertoire. Brad’s witty, generous storytelling and excellent historical research, paired with the handsome visuals, set this book apart.” 
—Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, authors of The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual and chef/owners of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats 

“I love bitters! Brad’s book is a must-have for all booze nerds. The history is fascinating and the recipes are awesome.”
—David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku 

“Thanks to Brad Thomas Parsons’s inquisitive detective work, readers can discover how cocktail bitters rose from the ashes of Prohibition to become an indispensable ingredient for the country’s top mixologists.” 
—Jim Meehan, managing partner at PDT and author of The PDT Cocktail Book

“Similar to the mysterious and storied elixir it documents, Bitters is bright, refreshing, complex, and essential. It will also cure your gout. Any fan of cocktails will desire it, but so will any fan of fascinating history, good writing, or gentian root.”  
—John Hodgman, author of That Is All

Table Of Contents

Introduction . . . . . 1
 
 
A Brief History of Bitters . . . . . 7
A Bitters Boom . . . . . 23
 
Making Your Own Bitters . . . . . 41

Apple Bitters . . . . . 52
BTP House Bitters . . . . . 54
Charred Cedar Bitters . . . . . 56
Cherry-Hazelnut Bitters . . . . . 58
Coffee-Pecan Bitters . . . . . 60
Grapefruit Bitters . . . . . 62
Husk Cherry Bitters . . . . . 64
Key Lime Bitters . . . . . 66
Maggie’s Rhubarb Bitters . . . . . 68
Meyer Lemon Bitters . . . . . 70
Orange Bitters . . . . . 72
Pear Bitters . . . . . 74
Root Beer Bitters . . . . . 76
 
Setting Up Your Bar . . . . . 79
 
Bitters Hall of Fame . . . . . 105

Old-Fashioned . . . . . 107
Manhattan . . . . . 108
Champagne Cocktail . . . . . 111
Sazerac . . . . . 112
 
Old-Guard Cocktails . . . . . 115
Abbey Cocktail . . . . . 116
Alaska Cocktail . . . . . 117
Allegheny Cocktail . . . . . 118
Angostura Fizz . . . . . 118
Bijou Cocktail . . . . . 120
Brandy Crusta . . . . . 121
Corn ’n’ Oil . . . . . 123
Cuba Libre . . . . . 124
Dark and Stormy . . . . . 125
East India Cocktail . . . . . 126
Fourth Regiment Cocktail . . . . . 127
Harvard Cocktail . . . . . 127
Horse’s Neck . . . . . 129
Japanese Cocktail . . . . . 130
Jersey Cocktail . . . . . 130
Martini . . . . . 132
Martinez Cocktail . . . . . 134
Mint Julep . . . . . 135
Negroni . . . . . 137
Old Hickory . . . . . 138
Pegu Club Cocktail . . . . . 138
Pink Gin . . . . . 140
Pisco Sour . . . . . 143
Remember the Maine . . . . . 144
Rob Roy . . . . . 144
Satan’s Whiskers . . . . . 145
Scofflaw Cocktail . . . . . 145
Seelbach Cocktail . . . . . 146
Toronto . . . . . 148
Vieux Carré . . . . . 148
 
New-Look Cocktails . . . . . 151

The 5th Avenue Cocktail . . . . . 153
Añejo Highball . . . . . 153
Autumn Sweater . . . . . 155
The Bitter Handshake . . . . . 156
Black Feather . . . . . 158
Black Scottish Cyclops . . . . . 159
Coxsackie Smash . . . . . 160
Cranberry Crush . . . . . 162
Cricket Ball . . . . . 163
Do You Believe in Miracles? . . . . . 164
Exile in Ryeville . . . . . 167
Fernet and Coke . . . . . 168
Gargoyle & Spire . . . . . 169
The Long Hello . . . . . 170
Michelada . . . . . 172
Mrs. Kitzel . . . . . 174
Pith Helmet . . . . . 175
Primo Avenue Punch . . . . . 177
Red Carpet Reviver . . . . . 178
Sawyer . . . . . 181
Scuppernong Sour . . . . . 182
Shady Lane . . . . . 185
Sorghum Flip . . . . . 186
Tipsy Nissley . . . . . 187
Tombstone . . . . . 190
Trident . . . . . 190
Turkey Shoot . . . . . 191
White Light/White Heat . . . . . 193
Woodland Sunset . . . . . 194
Zim Zala Bim . . . . . 195
 
Bitters in the Kitchen . . . . . 197
Broiled Bitter Grapefruit . . . . . 201
Sweet & Spicy Bitter Bar Nuts . . . . . 202
Compound Bitters Butters . . . . . 204
Bitters Vinaigrette . . . . . 206
Bourbon-Bitters Holiday Ham Glaze . . . . . 207
Chinese-Style Takeout Ribs with Lacquered Bitters Glaze . . . . . 208
Hot & Sticky Bitter Wings . . . . . 210
Bitters-and-Balsamic Macerated Strawberries . . . . . 211
Bitter Apple Fried Hand Pies . . . . . 212
Bitters-Sweet Chocolate Malted Pudding . . . . . 214
Boozy Bitter Granitas . . . . . 216
Aromatic Bitters Ice Cream . . . . . 218
 
 
Resources . . . . . 220
Recommended Reading for the Cocktail Enthusiast . . . . . 222
Acknowledgments . . . . . 224
Index . . . . . 227

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