Some things only happen in the movies. But the bar scene in Casablanca was a lot like the real world in the 1940s. While bartenders mixed gin and champagne into elegant French 75s at fictional Rick’s Café, real life bartenders were crafting intoxicating potions in urban nightclubs and civilized cocktail lounges all around the globe. Times change, yet gin remains our most versatile of spirits.
All the Gin Joints is the guide to a journey around the upper echelon of the bartending profession in one-hundred-and-one recipes – exploratory gin-based concoctions developed with almost appalling care in the progressive cocktail laboratories of American “gin joints,” often bringing methods and flourishes of the kitchen to the glass with fresh juices, muddled fruit, infused syrups, earthy spices, and leafy herbs. As a new breed of artisan drinksmiths zeroes in on gin’s amazing mixing powers, they raise the art of mixology to new heights. There’s a ceremony, a theater to what they do, and the resulting pleasures are considerable.
With this remarkable book as trusted companion, you’ll be able to re-create the formulas with precision and authenticity. May each raised glass provide the beginning of a beautiful friendship.