We know that many of you love indulging in a high-end craft cocktail. You know the sort — fresh ingredients, muddled this, frothy that, a twist of something and an endless list of elements that result in a complex drink that costs, oh around $15 a drink. Now there’s a book for those of you who actually like to drink. Jennifer McCartney came up with the idea for the cheeky, yet clever Cocktails for Drinkers: Not-Even-Remotely-Artisanal, Three-Ingredient-or-Less Cocktails That Get to the Point.
Sold as the, “The anti-hipster drink book, perfect for hipsters and their haters,” the book’s description goes like this: “Homemade pineapple-Sriracha syrup, giant spherical ice cubes, gin made from herbs picked by Armenian nuns and distilled with holy water . . . all for the low low price of $16 (in Brooklyn dollars). The artisanal cocktail movement is, let’s face it, not for everyone. What about drinks for the rest of us? The boozers who just want a good, stiff cocktail we can make at home after a day at work? What if you don’t own an ice-shaving kit or grow organic rosemary in your backyard? What if you’re using a mug with your hand over it to mix your gimlet instead of the bespoke copper cocktail shaker you see at every joint in Bushwick? Rejoice, this book is for you.”
Cocktails for Drinkers goes back to the basics, with recipes of drinks that don’t contain any fancy ingredients. The book tells you how to make cocktails with only three ingredients or less, so you don’t have to go make trips to your local speciality store or ship in exotic ingredients from who knows where. It’s the drink for people who like to imbibe the easy way.
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