Full of original, ingredient-driven recipes for cocktails, mixers, garnishes, and bitters, this book by a cocktail expert for master chefs shows readers how to transform spirits and flavors into inspiring, mouthwatering drinks. In bars and restaurants across America, drinkers are being exposed to the artistry of the modern cocktail. Alchemy in a Glass takes readers on a journey of the palette and teaches them the art of balancing flavors, mixers, and spirits with the expert guidance of cocktail craftsman Greg Seider. Seider, who has created cocktail programs for top bars and restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, approaches cocktail creation as the art of understanding how flavors work together and develop over the course of a drink. He prizes the use of fresh, seasonal, and homemade ingredients to infuse and garnish his drinks. Drawing on his experience developing cocktail programs for chefs such as Eric Ripert, Seider goes beyond recipes to show readers how flavors work, giving them blueprints for constructing a balanced drink. Seider shares inspired recipes for more than fifty original cocktails as well as classics with a twist and recipes for bitters, garnishes, infusions, and elixirs. This is the perfect companion book for food lovers and a must for home mixologists.
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Greg Seider has worked at notable culinary and cocktail destinations, such as The Mercer Kitchen, Asia de Cuba, The Box, Minetta Tavern, and The Standard Hotel in Miami. In 2009, he opened The Summit Bar, which New York Magazine named Best Cocktail Bar. He created the cocktail program for the lounge at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bernadin and co-owns the restaurants Prima and Manhattan Cricket Club.Review:
“Top-Shelf Book about Drinking. A bonus for the health-conscious: all of the book’s recipes use low-glucose, vegan friendly agave syrup.” –New York Times T Blog
“This outstanding collection is a fantastic resource—and would make an awfully nice holiday gift itself.” –Food & Wine
“...a guide with textbook-like detail on how to mingle flavors and garnish drinks like a pro.” –Time Magazine
“...guaranteed to boost your bartending skills and wow the crowd at your next cocktail party...beautiful photographs.” –Town&Country
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