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All The Gin Joints by Michael Turback

New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars

I enjoyed reading an advance copy of Michael Turback’s All The Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars (ISBN 978-1466282988), a book celebrating gin with “101 artisanal cocktails.” Mr. Turback writes in a light, engaging style, weaving quotes from Casablanca through the prologue and the brief history of gin that front the cocktail recipes. A small fairly complete section covers proper bartending tools, material which should be familiar to people who love cocktails.

The cocktails themselves range from the staggeringly simple “Wolf’s Bite”, (3 parts gin, 2 parts grapefruit juice, and 1 part Green Chartreuse) to the almost comically complex “Daikon Dream”, which has intrepid home mixologists stirring up dongchimi broth, taking two full days to ferment at room temperature.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some intriguing drinks in this book. I am honored to know all of the Texas bartenders in the book, and Bobby Heugel’s “Smitten” is not only delicious, but within the abilities of the home cocktail-maker. Likewise, Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s “East of Eden” takes an gin sour with equal parts citrus and syrup, but enhances the white flower aromatics of St. Germain with a floral-lychee scented Gewurztraminer reduction. There are some cocktails in “All The Gin Joints” that combine deliciousness and ease of construction into a pleasant whole.

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  • Re The Holy Grail, 1 day ago shadowkirby commented:

    Super funky drink, but all comes together well. Great for something different.

  • Re The Nutty Professor, 2 days ago EtherPole commented:

    Subbed the Uigeadail with Wee Beastie. Still had to double the Frangelico to be recognizable.

  • Re Sweet Caisata, 3 days ago Zachary Pearson commented:

    The liqueur they're using here is 60 proof. Some people might want to drop the simple. Thanks, Zachary

  • Re Leapfrog, 3 days ago Cara A commented:

    I find lemon juice overpowers more subtle flavors, so I dial it back to 1/2 ounce here. Tasty!

  • Re Mr. Baily's Bender, 5 days ago flickerdart commented:

    "1 splash" is not correct. You probably want at least 2 ounces of tonic in this, and at least another ounce of seltzer to dilute the intense sweetness.