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Friday
Jan132017

Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons

Brad Parson's book on all things Amaro is a comprehensive journal that imparts Brad's knowledge to the reader. I, for one, knew very little about this class of bitters.  Learning the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) differences in the vast number of Amaro is significant - and Brad introduces the reader straight away to 'demystifying amaro'.  Next up, Brad walks the reader through various types of bitters, including the ingredients and the flavor notes.  I believe this is extremely helpful as one begins their journey into bitters.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of licorice so I now know which bitters to not gravitate towards.

This book also includeas a multitude of cocktail recipes, some classics and a number of modern recipes since the practice of using bitters is on the rise.  Towards the back of the book, Brad provides recipes for making bitters at home (which I cannot wait to try).

One thing that surprised me is that Jagermeister is considered an Amaro. 

Thursday
Mar312016

Spritz'n it up

Spritz...this is the neatest little book.  I am in love with it.  I have always enjoyed knowing the background story (I guess this is why my chosen profession is that of an auditor….I’m nosey) and Spritz provides the history of the spritz (or ‘spritzer’ as us Americans call it) cocktail.  My family will tell you…I loooovvvveeee sparkling waters/drinks/anything sparkling (my niece calls it ‘spicy water’ so I don’t have to worry about her stealing my spritz’; plus she’s only six so there’s that) and I love bitter things…think grapefruit, argula.  So spritz’ are right up my alley!

The little jewel of a book has several fantastic recipes for syrups, such as honey syrup, lemon syrup (yum) raspberry syrup (yumyum) and also walks you through the process of creating your very-own spritz bar!  Yay!!

So many great cocktails (oops sorry), spritz’ are located in these pages.  I love a good spritz in the evening while I’m sitting on my front porch hoping the overhead fans whisk away the sultry (read muggy) Southern air.  My book is flagged and now I’m off to my liquor store!  Hope ya’ll enjoy!