ONLINE: J.M. Hirsch - "Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home"
J.M. Hirsch, the editorial director of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, presents Shake Strain Done, a book of simple cocktail recipes with common ingredients that will revolutionize the way you drink at home.
ABOUT THE BOOK
If you can shake, strain, stir and turn on a blender, you can craft great cocktails. J.M. Hirsch, the editorial director of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, will revolutionize the way you drink at home with simple recipes and common ingredients–no obscure liquors or fussy techniques needed.
Are you done with generic gin and tonics, mediocre Manhattans and basic martinis? Hirsch shows you how to use pantry staples and basic liquors to produce more than 200 game-changing craft cocktails worthy of a seat at the bar.
Many cocktail books call for hard-to-find ingredients and complicated techniques that can frustrate home cocktail makers. With the classic Milk Street simplicity and a focus on flavor, Shake Strain Done proves anyone can craft speakeasy-worthy cocktails.
Each recipe has the sophistication you expect at a high-end bar, minus the fuss and cost. And Hirsch rates each drink using everyday language – Warm, Refreshing, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Fruity, Herbal, Creamy, Spicy, Strong and Smoky – so you’ll know what it tastes like even before you reach for your shaker.
Take a seat at the bar for a bevy of new cocktails and reimagined classics:
• The Sazerac 2.0: A spice cabinet update that takes the classic back to its origins
• A new White Russian that lightens the load with coconut water instead of cream
• A grownup Singapore Sling that's fruity without tasting like fruit punch
• A Scorched Margarita that uses the broiler to put a char on those lemons and limes
• A feisty new Gin and Tonic in which black pepper is the star ingredient
• And the Pooh Bear. Butter, honey and bourbon? Yes, please!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.M. Hirsch is a James Beard Award-winning food and travel writer. He is editorial director of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, a Boston-based food media company with a national print magazine, award-winning cookbooks and public television and radio shows. His previous cookbooks include High Flavor, Low Labor and Beating the Lunchbox Blues. He is the former national food editor for The Associated Press and lives in New Hampshire with his son, husband and two cats.