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Beta Cocktails by Maks Pazuniak and Kirk Estopinal

Are you a bartender that wants to find that one drink to add to your menu to make your local cocktail nerd swoon? Or maybe you're the jaded home mixer who's tried so many Manhattan variations you are sure they are running out of areas of New York? Behold: Beta Cocktails. Originally published in 2009 as Rogue Cocktails, the book is a collaboration between Maks Pasuniak and Kirk Estopinal, who met while tending bar in New Orleans. They combined a handful of their own recipes with some of their favorite boundary-pushing offerings from their colleagues and slapped the whole thing together as a self-published mini-book. Everything seemed great until Rogue Brewery came calling with a trademark infringement complaint, and Beta Cocktails was born.

[Argh! Cocktail "a-moment-of-silence" seems to missing.]

The revised book was published in 2011, and features most of the best drinks from the original with a good helping of new additions from such high-profile bartenders as Toby Maloney of Violet Hour and the legendary Chris McMillian. There's also a brief forward from David Wondrich, but the bulk of the book is simply a list of cocktails with brief descriptions and some classy photography documenting each drink. This list includes stellar drinks like A Moment of Silence, Bitter Giuseppe, and The Warning Label. It also features a handful of drinks that were fairly well established by the time they made it into the book, like Don Lee's bitters-heavy Don's Little Bitter and Toby Maloney's brilliant Eeyore's Requiem.

[Argh! Cocktail "the-warning-label" seems to missing.]

Recent Additions

  • CliveAmarg — Mezcal, Triple sec, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Lime cordial, Egg white, Olive juice
  • Applejack Sour — Apple brandy, Bitters, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Maple syrup, Nutmeg
  • SWOboy Blues — Gin, Blue Curaçao, Maraschino Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Absinthe, Egg white, Olive juice, Sugar
  • Thin Mint Stinger — Cognac, Virgin Islands Rum, Branca Menta, White Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao
  • Clive and the 4 P's — Pisco, Pavan, Pomegranate Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Egg white

Recent Discussion

  • Re St Germain Sidecar, 2 hours ago flickerdart commented:

    Haters will be upset but it's just as good with lime.

  • Re Applejack Sour, 3 hours ago applejack commented:

    This seems pretty similar to the Applejack Rabbit, circa 1930s. I believe it was included on one of PDT's early fall menus (which is where I first had it).

  • Re The Barricade, 21 hours 47 minutes ago Cara A commented:

    I dialed back the Campari for my husband, who is not a huge fan, and amped up each vermouth a bit so that there were equal parts Campari- dry-sweet. Still a strong Campari presence, but more pleasing to my particular crowd.

  • Re The San Martin, 22 hours 16 minutes ago SmilingJaguar commented:

    Made this with Spring 44 Mountain Gin and Dolin Rouge. Very nice! Takes me to the mountains.

  • Re Nolita, 1 day 21 hours ago quintonchandler commented:

    Definitely going to try this!