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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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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

  • Interborough — Rye, Sweet vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Pineapple Gum Syrup, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Orange peel, Maraschino cherry
  • Hey Heywood! — Gin, Pear liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice
  • Washington Heights cocktail — Dominican Rum, Crème de Banane, Coffee liqueur, Bitters
  • MidwatchClive — Brandy, Crème de Cacao, Sake, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Crème Yvette, Half-and-half
  • Garlands — Whiskey, Aperol, Amaro, Coffee liqueur, Grapefruit juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re Double Up, 4 days 5 hours ago HallA commented:

    This is actually delightfully balance... it's also huge so plan accordingly. the huge lime hit balances all that maraschino and it's really good.

  • Re Midnight Ride, 6 days 5 hours ago brimagick commented:

    Agree it’s a bit too sweet. Previous commenter had some good ideas re: subs.

  • Re U.S.S. Mallard Special, 6 days 9 hours ago Cara A commented:

    Made with Carpano Antica because that’s what I had. Wow! Rich, complex, lovely.

  • Re Bon Vivant's Companion, 6 days 13 hours ago prattginkgo commented:

    Used Smith & Cross, and it didn't bully the other flavors. A touch sweet, but rum/cherry/lime/vanilla is a very tasty combo. Be careful with the allspice dram

  • Re St Germain Sidecar, 1 week ago flickerdart commented:

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