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June 2016

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44  /  the tasting panel  / june 2016 Boozy Books Modern drinkers don't just want to sip on a standard cocktail; they want to drink in the history of the drink and spirits, they want to be wowed by the outstanding creativity of the mixologist and they want to make a concoction at home that wi impress their own guests. To keep your customers and bartenders informed, add these spirited selections to your library or shelves. by Emily Coleman e Manhaan Want to know more about one of the most successfully stirred cocktails ever? By Philip Greene, and with a fore- word by Dale DeGroff, The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail (Sterling Epicure, $19.95) delves into books, newspapers and other found stories to sift through the drink's complicated history and explain its influence on the modern day cocktail scene. It features 65 recipes of classic variations and contemporary updates for your bartenders or customers to try out. Zen and Tonic Cocktails with health benefits? Count us in. Jules Aron's Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker (The Countryman Press, $22.95) features garden- to-glass cocktails sans any refined sugar or arti- ficial flavors. It breaks down the ingredients of each drink and walks you through making everything from almond milk and vanilla ice cubes to coconut sugar simple syrup and goji berry–infused vodka. Putting it all together, she then lays out 80 drink recipes that add balance to the indul- gence of alcohol. Divided Spirits Talk of terroir is no longer relegated only to wine. The term now encompasses many types of spirits, including tequila and mezcal. In her book Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal and the Politics of Production (University of California Press, $29.95), Sarah Bowen takes a hard look at the Denomination of Origin (DO) system of regulation and questions whether it truly defends those in need of protection: agave farmers, small producers and others. She argues for an oversight model that is more inclusive and democratic. It might just change your notion of terroir. Tiki with a Twist Tiki has officially made a comeback in bars across the country. To see what all the fuss is about, open up Lynn Calvo and James O. Fraioli's Tiki with a Twist: 75 Cool, Fresh, and Wild Tropical Cocktails (Sterling Epicure, $19.95). Modernized to fit into the craft cocktail move- ment, the recipes take your palate on an island getaway. The book also includes sections on tiki culture, bar tools and techniques, mak- ing your own infusions and syrups and décor tips.

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