Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktail
by: Ted Haigh
Look through the cocktail books in your library, if you have more then just two or three, chances are good that you've got books that simply repeat, rehash, or contradict each other on how the drinks they include should be made. If you think about it, it really isn't terribly creative to simply reprint the same recipes over and over again. What if somebody was really passionate about cocktails, and carefully located recipes that were exciting, creative, and perhaps just a little bit uncommon. Well, then you'd be Ted Haigh, author of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.
Haigh has been collecting rare and unusual spirits/liqueurs for several years, and because of that has at his disposal the ingredients for making many cocktails that haven't seen the light of day for decades.
Within this well researched volume you will find a collection of recipes that are rare, unusual, as well as representative of the carefully crafted drinks of old. But don't be afraid that these drinks will be impossible to make. Ted has specifically chosen drinks which may use unusual products, but not ones that are impossible to find or substitute for.
The recipes aren't the only things that are amazing within this book. Throughout, you will find wonderful historic insights, from one of the few people truly capable of providing them, that will open your eyes to what the cocktail once was, and with luck could eventually become again. There are also beautiful pictures, of not only the cocktails themselves, but also of historically significant books, bottles, and other related miscellanea.
If you are a bartender who takes pride in your craft, then this book will provide you with a wealth of new recipes that you can use to expand your repertoire. If you are a home mixologist, then this book will open up a whole new landscape for you to discover. The secret adventure, awaits.