Bitters : A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas
by Brad Thomas Parsons
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held his yard behind the barA cocktail of renaissance, swept the country, inspiring among bartenders and their customers thirsty for a new fascination with the ingredients, techniques and traditions that make American cocktail specialAnd some ingredients also have a rich history or serve as a fundamental role in our heritage bitters drinksThe author and passionate bitter of Brad Thomas Parsons retraces the story of the most famous elixir, from its youngest “snake oil” days of its near evaporation after the Prohibition of its ascent as a beloved (and sometimes obsessed) ingredient on the contemporary bar sceneParsons writes on the front lines of the elixir of the boom, where he has access to the best and boldest new brands and flavors, the most innovative, artisanal producers, and initiated knowledge of the elixir of the manufacturing processIf you’re a professional looking to take your game to the next level, or just a BRICOLAGE store of type interested in homemade beverages, Bitters has a dozen recipes for custom blends-ranging from Pecan Coffee Apple to Bitter Beer Root, as well as advice on sourcing ingredients and step-by-step adjustment instructions for amateurs and seasoned artisan foods as well.Also featured are over seventy cocktails recipes that highlight bitter “diversity and versatility: the classics, like the Manhattan (if ever you have one without elixir, send it to the back), the old favorite guard like the Martinez, contemporary drinks of the Parsons own repertoire like the Shady Lane, plus one-of-a-kind country’s most innovative bartenders libationsLast but not least, there is a complete chapter on cooking with elixir, with a dozen recipes sweet and salty, bitter-infused dishesPart recipe book, part of the draft guide, part of the manifest bartender, the Elixir is a celebration of good cocktails well done, and once forgotten, but deliciously rediscovered the virtues of the elixir
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