Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails: 100 Timeless, Creative & Tempting Recipes

The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails is a tutorial mixology guide and recipe collection by Amy Zavatto. Released 24th Dec 2019 by Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 170 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

I really liked the format and layout of this book. A well written and interesting background bio from the author is followed by a no-nonsense intro with an emphasis on the history, story, mechanics, and a solid coverage of the necessary tools involved in bourbon mixology. The second part of the book contains the recipes. I really liked the way the cocktail recipes were arranged: savory, tart, fruity, decadent, hot, frosty, and punches. Each of the recipes has a description, yields, ingredients in a bullet list (with US standard measurements only), and step by step directions. Alternative ingredients and twists are provided in sidebars and footers.

There are very few pictures included in the collection, but the ones which are included are clear and well done.  This would definitely be a good choice for folks who enjoy cocktails and the hospitality and history of bourbon.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.   

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