In the Land of Cocktails: Recipes and Adventures from the Cocktail Chicks

In the Land of Cocktails: Recipes and Adventures from the Cocktail Chicks

Ti Adelaide Martin

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0061119865

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Can't tell a Gin Fizz from a Gimlet? Think a Sidecar is something you'd see at the racetrack? If your idea of a wild night is a few Lemondrop shots washed back with a Cosmo, you're in need of some cocktail therapy! And there's no one better to tell you everything you need to know about a Brandy Crusta, a French 75, a Cachaça Swing, and much, much more than Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, who will take you on a rip-roaring trip. . . .

In the Land of Cocktails

Proprietors of the legendary New Orleans restaurant Commander's Palace, Ti and Lally are cocktail divas, spread-ing the gospel about how to make drinks properly, from why a true Sazerac can only be made with Peychaud's bitters to why hand-chipped ice is best for cocktails. In this marvelously entertaining book—both a guide to making some of the world's best cocktails and a memoir of the authors' lives surrounded by family, friends, and delicious food—there are recipes for familiar classics like the Corpse Reviver and the Old-Fashioned; New Orleans favorites like Brandy Milk Punch and the Sazerac; and new inventions created by Ti and Lally, such as their now-famous Whoa, Nellie!

In the Land of Cocktails includes information on pairing food with cocktails, introductions to the beloved, boisterous Brennan family and their friends, and explanations of some of the unique, perhaps strange to some, words and ways of life in New Orleans. Filled with wit, sass, warmth, and lots of good times, In the Land of Cocktails is the ideal gift for cocktail lovers everywhere, whether you're a novice or an old drinking pro.


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in the land of cocktails Lemon Twist A lemon, or any citrus, twist is the colorful zest of a fresh lemon without any of the bitter pith attached; it should be 2 to 3 inches long. Twist it over a drink to release the zest’s essential oils. Tasting Your Cocktai l A bartender’s trick to tasting a drink is to insert a straw with your thumb covering one end into the drink and extracting a small amount. Taste and determine whether something is needed to perfect the drink. classic cocktails 51

Martini glass with the lemon wedge and dip into the sugar-cayenne mixture. Set aside. Combine the brandy, Calvados, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass and serve immediately. 96 in the land of cocktails Caipirinha his is the Margarita of Brazil. The critical ingredient is cachaça, a sugarcane brandy with a unique taste, somewhere between a silver rum and white tequila. Look for brands such as Carninha 51, Pitú, Velho

ice, hand-chipped ice . . . the ice used in a cocktail is all-important. Alex Brennan-Martin (Ti’s brother and a first-class restaurateur) has heralded the merits of hand-chipped ice for years. Ice chipped with an ice pick from a block crackles in a drink and takes longer to melt, which is ideal for most drinks. At Café Adelaide there’s a large block of ice, delivered from the icehouse every other day, perched in the middle of the bar. We hand-chip ice for cocktails. Most homes don’t have room for

balanced drinks. For instance, Maker’s Mark is called for in the Whiskey Smash because it imparts just the right clean, light smoothness that Dale DeGroff says this cocktail requires. Sure you can use another bourbon, but we encourage you to try the specific spirits and liqueurs suggested—they will make all the difference. in the land of cocktails 23 Whoa, Nellie! he scene: Mardi Gras 2006, the first one after Hurricane Katrina. We’re at Lally’s house on the parade route with friends, family,

gin Juice from 1 lime wedge 2 ounces club soda Combine the gin and fresh lime juice in a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice, top with the club soda, and stir. Serve immediately. Whiskey Sour e always love classic, simple things: dresses, dishes, and drinks. You may remember this as the first drink you were ever offered. Classic, yet simple. W Makes 1 cocktail 2 ounces bourbon 1 ounce fresh lemon juice ½ ounce Simple Syrup (page 139) Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with

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